Richardson Executive Search

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Filled

Current as of: June 12, 2018

Location/City: Edmonton, Alberta

Region: Edmonton Area

Employer: Richardson Executive Search

Recruiter Name: Sandy Jacobson


The YWCA Edmonton is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide strategic and operational leadership to our organization. Our ideal candidate is a strong advocate for women’s rights and cares deeply about the YWCA Edmonton vision and mission. They’re a strategic thinker, isn’t afraid of change and will inspire the organization to do great things through leadership of an engaged team. They will be a leading voice in the community in advocating, supporting and developing women, girls and their families.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a dedicated team of 40 Full time employees, 135-part time employees, 50 seasonal employees, 100 contractors and over 100 volunteers, the new CEO will bring a passion for evolving the brand of our organization to the next level. They will build and drive the strategic vision of the YWCA in Edmonton and be responsible for leading the execution of this vision.


YWCA Edmonton is an established and respected social service organization whose mission is to lead, support and advocate for women, girls and their families, especially the most vulnerable, when and where they need us. The YWCA in Edmonton began in 1907 as Cushing House to meet the need for inexpensive, safe housing for young women drawn to the city’s early 20th century boom. From engagement with this vulnerable population, we went on to co-found some of Edmonton’s most vital social service agencies:  the first daycare, Foster Parents’ Association, Big Sisters, WIN House, the Rape Crisis Centre, Women’s Building Future Society and the YWCA’s own programs. Our vision is a world of equality, opportunity and choice for women, children and their families.

Currently we deliver education and services to thousands annually through leadership programs, counselling, outdoor education, and supporting people with disabilities. Some of our programs include:

  • Subsidized Counselling: comprehensive professional counselling services, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Lakeside Haven: weekend retreat for women & children recovering from family violence.
  • Camp Yowochas: summer camp and outdoor education centre for children, youth, groups & organizations delivering environmental awareness, physical activity, leadership, team participation and skills programming.
  • GirlSpace & YouthSpace: programs that build confidence, self-esteem, respect and social awareness in youth.
  • Disability Support Services: respite and support services to adults & children with disabilities.
  • Support Groups: for women & children coping with mental health stresses.

YWCA Edmonton is a part of the World YWCA global movement which unites 25 million women and girls worldwide and spans 125 countries. The YWCA has 32-member associations in Canada and their work spans 300 communities.

For more information, please visit their website at


Duties include but are not limited to:


  • Provide strong leadership in achieving the mission by ensuring excellent performance by highly skilled staff within a supportive and empowering work environment.
  • Ensures a standard of excellence in serving our clients’ highly diverse needs.
  • Inspires and fosters an environment that attracts and retains high quality leaders and team members.
  • Maintains a meaningful performance management process for all staff and provides regular opportunities for staff development.
  • Oversees the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices.

Strategic Planning

  • Works collaboratively with the YWCA Edmonton Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership team to develop and implement a strategic plan and operational framework in a manner that aligns resources, services and advocacy efforts with the organization’s mission and priorities.
  • Develops clear performance indicators and metrics to effectively evaluate and report on the success of implementation of operational and strategic plans.
  • Reports to the Board on the operations of the organization and leverages their expertise in supporting the strategic objectives of the YWCA Edmonton.

Advocacy and Outreach

  • As chief spokesperson, ensures that the YWCA Edmonton and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a persuasive and positive manner.
  • Sustains highly effective relationships with government departments, agencies and commissions that affect the lives of women, persons living with disabilities, marginalized youth, LBGTQ+, Indigenous peoples and newcomers.
  • Builds coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships with other not‐for‐profit and for‐profit organizations as well as the YWCA Canada.

Operational and Financial Management

  • Protects and ensures the financial stability of the YWCA Edmonton.
  • Oversees fund development strategies that ensure organizational sustainability, achievement of the strategic plan and project support.
  • Undertakes short and long‐term financial planning.
  • Oversees preparation of the annual budget and monthly financial statements for the Board to approve.
  • Ensures that the YWCA Edmonton meets its corporate, constitutional, and legal responsibilities and reports to the Board on the status of those requirements.


The ideal candidate is a charismatic leader who lives and models the values of the YWCA Edmonton and has the following qualifications and competencies: 

Professional Experience

  • Demonstrates capacity to lead and implement a strategic business plan; adept at managing organizational change and seizing opportunities for growth.
  • Extensive executive managerial experiences within the not for profit industry.
  • Strong knowledge of fiscal and risk management.
  • Knowledge of and experience in organizing employees around a dynamic strategy in a changing environment.
  • A sincere passion for women’s rights and a deep commitment to the overall mission of the YWCA Edmonton.
  • Strong knowledge on current trends with women’s rights and expertise in speaking to these issues.
  • An understanding of governance and direct experience working with a board of a not for profit organization.
  • A proven track record of success in fundraising and donor stewardship.
  • A track record of leading and developing a dedicated, creative and diverse staff.

Personal Competencies

  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivating an employee base of professionals.
  • A management style that is open, collaborative, results-oriented and respects the capabilities and independence of employees while providing them with clear direction.
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically and plan effectively for an organization working in a complex environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an impressive history of forging strong relationships and relating well to people of all backgrounds and at all levels.A deep commitment to promoting and supporting a diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and an ability to articulate the value of the work of the YWCA Edmonton to potential stakeholders and to the community at large.
  • Treats all stakeholders with professionalism, dignity and respect and supports an environment where people can contribute and excel.
  • The ability to inspire and drive a team to go beyond the expected, providing tools to do their best work.
  • Inspire trust by being open, honest and direct in communication, meeting commitments, and behaving ethically in all dealings.
  • Be accountable for actions and results as an individual and as an organization.
  • Make timely, informed decisions that take into account facts, goals, constraints and risks, and are guided by common sense and sound judgement.
  • Care about clients, stakeholders, employees and communities. Partner with key stakeholders to identify and resolve complex and sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrated capacity to balance business (financial, contractual) with human (service delivery) sides of the organization.


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