Executive Director





/ Yearly


Jun 10, 2024

Read this job description in French.

About Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience and Imagine Canada

The Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Digital Resilience (CCNDR) launched in March 2022 with the vision of creating a digitally enabled nonprofit sector, where Canada’s diverse nonprofits use data and technology to advance their mission, multiply their impact, and thrive in the digital age. CCNDR was founded by the Digital Governance Council, Tamarack Institute, Social Economy through Social Inclusion (SETSI), NTEN, and Imagine Canada. As was recently announced, Imagine Canada will be stewarding the Centre with the guidance of a new Advisory Council.

Imagine Canada is a national, bilingual charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Through our advocacy efforts, research and social enterprises, we help strengthen charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs so they can better fulfill their missions. Our vision is of a strong Canada where charities work together alongside business and government to build resilient and vibrant communities. Established in 2007, our team of over 35 full-time staff works remotely from communities across Canada.

About the opportunity:

Are you a visionary, strategic, and innovative leader with a passion for technology and social good?

Currently, many Canadian nonprofits struggle to leverage digital technology effectively. The sector faces a critical opportunity to bridge this gap and unlock the transformative potential of data and digital tools. 

As the Executive Director of CCNDR, you’ll play a pivotal role leading the Centre’s growth and evolution. You will build its capacity to advance CCNDR’s vision of a digitally-enabled nonprofit sector where all charities and nonprofits have access to the resources and enabling conditions needed to harness the power of technology to drive their impact. 

Reporting to Imagine Canada’s President & CEO, you will collaborate with a diverse network of stakeholders. This includes CCNDR’s Advisory Council, funders, community and industry partners, Imagine Canada’s leadership team, and various internal functions like research, public policy, government relations, strategic communications, and engagement.

While embracing CCNDR’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work, you will be responsible for: 

  • Guiding Strategic Growth: Working within Imagine Canada’s established planning processes and in collaboration with staff, Advisory Council members and other relevant stakeholders, understand and translate the digital resilience needs and challenges of the nonprofit sector into a roadmap of ecosystem and sector-level strategies
  • Nurturing High-Impact Relationships: Cultivate and steward relationships with CCNDR’s diverse stakeholder groups to achieve the Centre’s goals, including advisors, organizational supporters, partners, funders, government, researchers as well as the charity and nonprofit leaders CCNDR exists to support.
  • Securing Resources: Secure and steward financial resources for CCNDR’s mission, building toward financial sustainability for the Centre through grantseeking, strategic partnerships, sponsorships and earned income, and other opportunities.
  • Building an Inclusive, High-Performing Team: Working within Imagine Canada’s established HR policies and processes, hire, develop and integrate new staff while engaging cross-functionally with Imagine Canada teams to advance CCNDR’s work.
  • Driving Impact & Agility: Implement strategies and initiatives to achieve CCNDR’s goals, ensuring all programmatic and financial objectives are met, while being strategically responsive to emergent and potentially disruptive changes, guiding external and internal stakeholders through the Centre’s evolution.
  • Positioning CCNDR as a Leader: Establish CCNDR as a leader in the digital nonprofit space through strategic collaborations and engagement including marketing and communications, participation in industry groups and committees, and public speaking.

You’ll thrive in this role if: 

  • You’re a big-picture thinker with a proven ability to develop and implement strategies with systems-level impact.
  • You’re passionate about technology’s role in social good and committed to championing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work.
  • You’re an effective collaborator and motivator who excels at communications and relationship-building that unites and mobilizes diverse stakeholders toward impactful results.
  • You’re comfortable working within established organizational frameworks and processes, while also adept at knowing when and how to shepherd change or establish entirely new ways of working.
  • You’re energized by complexity and ambiguity, capable of balancing visionary leadership with hands-on contributions and helping those around you adapt to evolving demands and situations.
  • You enjoy a balance of independent and collaborative work, working in a fast-paced, distributed/digital professional environment, managing multiple priorities concurrently.
  • You embrace conflict and challenges as valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth, demonstrating a proactive and resilient mindset to drive continuous improvement and innovation.
  • You’re a values-driven leader and find yourself strongly drawn to and aligned with the principles underlying Imagine Canada’s anti-racism/anti-oppression commitments and Staff Values (accountability, care, courage, drive, inclusivity, and teamwork).
  • You have a clear understanding of and/or appreciation for the Canadian charitable and nonprofit sector.

Minimum qualifications:

Minimum qualifications for the role include subject matter expertise in one or more areas relating to data, technology and/or digital transformation as well as familiarity with Canada’s digital ecosystem. English/French bilingualism is considered an asset.

Don’t tick all the boxes? 

We’re more interested in your passion, commitment, and ability to learn and grow – get in touch, we encourage you to apply. We particularly welcome applications from those who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized, living with a disability, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and others from equity-seeking groups, and are likewise committed to continuing our work to foster the conditions for individuals with diverse lived experiences to feel safe, valued and empowered to make a lasting impact in their role. 

Why work with us:

This is an exciting moment to take the helm, and while you will have a lot of autonomy to develop and drive a shared vision for CCNDR, you will also be part of a diverse and talented Imagine Canada team. 

  • Participate in our four-day work week pilot program.
  • A flexible, fully remote work environment with opportunities to connect with colleagues at in-person staff gatherings several times per year. 
  • Be part of a growing national organization in a supportive and entrepreneurial environment working alongside a passionate and skilled team of staff and volunteers.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package, including professional development and work-from-home budget.
  • Opportunities to learn and apply leading practices and emerging trends in the charitable and nonprofit sector.
  • A leadership culture that is open, responsive, and collaborative, that fosters integrity and collective commitment to achieving meaningful long-term goals

Imagine Canada offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in Canadian communities. We are currently implementing an anti-racism and anti-oppression roadmap that embeds equity into our processes, human resources, programs and services. We are committed to fostering a culture that exemplifies our staff values of Accountability, Care, Courage, Drive, Inclusivity, and Teamwork.

Terms & Conditions

  • Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, permanent position.
  • Annual Salary Range: In addition to health/dental benefits including a Health Spending Account and a Group Retirement Savings Plan (RSP), the 2024 starting salary for this position is $150,500, with an automatic salary increase every year towards a target salary of $175,400, which the incumbent is expected to reach after five years in the role.
  • Location: Anywhere in Canada with a reliable internet connection. This position will be required to travel occasionally to in-person meetings, conferences, and in-person staff gatherings.
  • Work hours: Imagine Canada is currently piloting a 4-day work week, Monday-Thursday, for a total of 28 working hours/week. This pilot is running until December 31, 2024 with the possibility of extension. If the pilot is not extended, working hours will be 35 hours per week. Flexible working hours to accommodate personal and family commitments. This position will be required to work non-traditional hours occasionally to respond to issues emerging in the external operating environment.
  • Application deadline: 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Steps to Apply 

  1. Applicants are invited to complete our short online form
  2. We expect to invite 8-12 qualified candidates to a short introductory video call (30 minutes).
  3. We expect to invite 5-6 shortlisted candidates to attend a full, video interview (60-90 minutes) and to complete a behavioural assessment to better understand and discuss your working style (10 minutes to complete). Interview questions and a copy of your assessment results will be provided in advance of the call. 
  4. We expect to invite the final round of candidates to attend a second, full video interview (90 minutes). A portion of this interview will include a brief presentation and Q&A with a group of Imagine Canada staff.

We are committed to becoming a barrier-free organization. If you require support at any stage of the hiring process, including disability accommodation, please contact us at info@imaginecanada.ca or 1-800-263-1178. Available supports include flexibility in scheduling interviews, using your preferred telecommunications software and formats (e.g., Zoom with closed captioning, video application instead of a resume), and additional time for answering verbal or written assessments.

We respect the time and effort required to participate in the hiring process. We will ensure that all applicants receive timely updates regarding the status of their candidacy. In recognition of the additional effort of preparing for interviews, Imagine Canada will financially compensate interviewees that advance beyond the screening call at a fixed rate of $100 per candidate.

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