Job Posting: WIL Executive Director

WIL’s Board of Directors is inviting applications from qualified individuals who are up for the challenge of building upon the many achievements of the previous ED and becoming the agency’s next Executive Director.


The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of WIL Employment Connections consistent with mission, vision, values and applicable legislation and accountable to the Board of Directors for adhering to and implementing Board strategy and policy.


Board and Governance
• Ensures the Board is well informed (e.g. policy changes, service trends, community needs, potential liabilities, etc.) in order that it can exercise its governance responsibilities.
Strategic Planning
• Contributes to establishing and maintaining a long-term strategic plan including specific goals, objectives, performance targets and timeframes. Translates the strategic direction of the Board into business and operational plans and coaches the team to execute with excellence.
Legislation and Policy
• Identifies relevant legislative and regulatory requirements and implements related policies and procedures.
• Inspires the WIL team by leading them with vision and passion.
External Relations
• Develops and sustains strong partnerships with like-minded organizations, sponsors and other stakeholders.
Programs and Services Delivery
• Ensures all programs and services are client-centric, meaningful and timely.
• Ensures the day to day operations of WIL are managed effectively, efficiently, economically and equitably.
• Develops and maintains processes that facilitate open, meaningful, timely, respectful and consistent transfer of information including feedback.
Enterprise and Development
• Uses business savvy to generate new revenue streams in an increasingly competitive environment.
• Plans and manages an annual operational budget for the approval of the Board that accurately reflects funds allocation. The $4M budget includes government funding from all levels of government; including Employment Ontario, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and a Purchase of Service Agreement with Ontario Works.
Human Resources Management
• Develops a comprehensive and strategic Human Resources plan for a diverse, non-unionized work force of 50 staff that ensures equitable employment practices within a “learning organization”.
Information Systems Management
• Supports and oversees a “systems thinking” workplace where hardware, software and people interact seamlessly.
Properties and Premises Management
• Ensures that properties and premises (2) are safe, secure and well maintained to appropriate levels of code.
Continuous Quality Improvement
• Ensures WIL’s reputation for integrity, ethical conduct, corporate responsibility and the delivery of relevant, quality programs and services is maintained.
Organizational Performance Outcomes
• Evaluates (formally and informally) the methods of programs and services delivery to ensure they are meeting the needs of stakeholders and are consistent with the goals and Key Performance Indicators established in the Strategic Plans.


• Post-secondary Degree in Business/Human Services is preferred
• Post-secondary Certificate or Diploma is required or comparable credentials

• Completion of a recognized Leadership program is preferred
• Completion of a recognized Management program is required

• Related skills and abilities with demonstrated successes in each of the Responsibility areas detailed above

• A minimum of 5 years’ progressive senior management experience, preferably acquired in the not for profit or education sector.

• Career Development and Job Search Solutions
• Educational Upgrading Tools
• Employment coaching, counselling and mentoring programs including those tailored to meet the needs of immigrants and newcomers to Canada
• Employer related Recruitment and Retention programs

Personal Attributes
• Visionary: Passionate. Believes innovation is essential to growth.
• Thrives in ambiguity: Resilient and persistent in the face of adversity. Takes calculated risks. Versatile and energetic.
• Collaborative: Is consultative and empowering. Has strong interpersonal, communication, influencing and presentation skills. The ability to provide services in another language is an asset.
• Professional: Models WIL’s core values particularly integrity, honesty, empathy and self-confidence. Respects and motivates the team. Deals with complex situations involving multiple stakeholders with sound judgement.
• A planner: Meets deadlines and maintains a flexible work schedule to meet ever changing demands.

Special Considerations
• Completion of a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC).
• Valid driver’s license, clean driver’s abstract, appropriate insurance and access to a reliable vehicle.

Working Conditions
• Work is generally performed in an office and/or in the community but can occasionally involve other settings.
• Schedule demands flexibility for evening and weekend meetings and events as well as occasional overnight travel out of town.


WIL is committed to administrative fairness, diversity and equitable employment practices.

Interested persons should submit an integrated cover letter and resume (PDF format is preferred) by 4.00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2014 to

All applications will be acknowledged. A detailed Job Description and other relevant documents will be provided to those candidates who are invited to a first interview. Please visit our web site at

We appreciate your interest and thank you for your consideration.

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