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29 Jan 2024

Full-Time Chief Executive Officer

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies – Posted by OdgersBerndtson Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

For over 100 years, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) has been enhancing and promoting the welfare and well-being of children, youth, and families in Ontario. Representing the voices of the child welfare sector and supporting provincial priorities, OACAS is a membership organization of 49 members organizations and that is governed by a voluntary board of directors who works with member agencies, communities, and government to bring positive change to child welfare services and the children services system as a whole. On behalf of their membership, OACAS provides advocacy and government relations, public education, training, information and knowledge management, and communications services.

OACAS is seeking a reputable individual as their next CEO who will demonstrate authenticity, humility, integrity and has proven their commitment to the work of equity and truth and reconciliation to ensure that all children, youth, and families are at the centre of all decision making. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors of the OACAS, they will lead an organization of approximately 60 highly talented and dedicated staff. The CEO will provide strong strategic and visionary leadership and hold the overall strategic and operational accountability for OACAS’ staff, programs, fiscal management and broader child welfare system leadership. They will work with sector leaders across the province to embed principles of equity, inclusion, diversity, anti-oppression, and anti-racism within the child welfare system.

The ideal candidate will be a transformative systems leader. The ability to lead through a balanced approach will be critical in achieving realistic and tangible outcomes for OACAS. With a servant leadership style and strong emotional intelligence, they understand how to prioritize the teams’ well-being, listen empathetically, influence across stakeholder groups, and selflessly serve an organization to facilitate their success. Qualifications include progressive experience in an executive leadership role, with demonstrated lived or professional achievement in navigating and leading complex system change within child welfare or the social service/public sector. They will also hold a university degree in social work, social sciences, education, business, Indigenous studies, public health or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Bilingualism in French and English is considered an asset.


To Apply


To fill this position, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies has partnered with leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson. Applications should be submitted online no later than February 26, 2024 at https://careers.odgersberndtson.com/en-ca/29276


We would like to thank all applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.

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