Executive director

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Marta Ortega
Senior Adviser, Executive Search
Phone: 514-713-6725
Email: recrutement@marthaortega.ca

More information below.

Address of organization

1425, René-Lévesque Blvd West
3rd floor
Montreal, Quebec


Reports to Board of Directors (National Council)

Number of supervised employees

7 managers for a total of 60 employees

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Frédéric Kieffer

Vice president, Recruitment

Martha Ortega

Senior Adviser, Executive Search

Presentation of the organization

Development and Peace was established in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are a democratic movement for international solidarity that supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures.

The organization educates the Canadian population about the causes of impoverishment of peoples and mobilizes actions for change. In the struggle for human dignity, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada associates with social change groups in the North and South. It supports women in their search for social and economic justice.

As the official development organization of the Canadian Catholic Church, we are deeply rooted in the values of the Gospel, particularly the preferential option for the poor.

Through the inspiring and dedicated leadership of its next Executive Director, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada will refine and develop its organizational strategic planning to renew itself in the spirit of synodality and to ensure that its mission remains a beacon of hope in a world thirsting for peace and justice.

To learn more about Development & Peace – Caritas Canada, visit the web site at www.devp.org

Summary description

Reporting to the National Council and in close collaboration with the President of the board, the Executive Director (ED) embodies the values that are at the heart of the mission of the Organization. He or she ensures the direction and management of the Organization to achieve the objectives arising from the strategic plan.

The ED has extensive knowledge of the issues and stakes involved in international development, public awareness and engagement, advocacy and humanitarian aid. He or she is aware of the challenges facing non-profit organizations and of strategies for overcoming these. She or he knows how to mobilize a movement of committed members to work on international development and social justice issues.

The ED ensures the proper functioning of the organization and embodies a dynamic and inspiring representation of the Organization to its staff, members, board, Global South partners, public and various networks. He or she maintains optimal relations with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, religious communities, institutional funders and political bodies and ensures regular follow-up with donors. He or she seeks to diversify the organization’s sources of funding.

The ED plays an inspiring leadership role for his/her immediate work team and ensures the effectiveness of the management team, in accordance with the Collective Agreement and in particular the principles of the Participation Charter.

Major duties and responsibilities

  • To develop a vision and strategies to achieve the goals of the Organization and set priorities to achieve the mission by implementing international development programs and raising awareness and engagement of the Canadian public.
  • To ensure the implementation of the strategic plan by establishing with the management team, an operational action plan including performance indicators and measures on the required resources.
  • To lead the management team of the Organization and ensure that each department contributes to achieving the expected objectives.
  • To advise the President of the National Council on issues to be submitted to the National Council or the Executive Committee and to provide support in preparing the agendas for those bodies as well as the Organization’s other decision-making or advisory committees.
  • Prepare and participate in the meetings of the National Council, Executive Committee and other committees.
  • To propose new internal policies or updates to the board and ensure that adequate procedures are in place for their implementation.
  • To see to the good management of human resources and labor relations and ensure the establishment of a work performance assessment program for employees.
  • To develop strategies for financing the Organization, to supervise preparation of annual budgets and long-term forecasts, to properly ensure risk management and sound management of the Organization’s financial resources and production of audited financial statements.
  • To establish and maintain meaningful relationships in Canada and abroad with partners in the Global South and networks/groups that are working for social change based on shared values and orientations consistent with the mission of the Organization.
  • To communicate and maintain meaningful relationships with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the religious communities, the Government of Canada and other relevant groups, and develop new strategic partnerships to diversity our sources of funding and establish new alliances.
  • To ensure the dissemination of information about the Organization’s programs and activities among the major stakeholders.
  • To ensure clear reporting and communications within and outside the Organization and act as its main spokesperson.

Qualifications required

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international development, in business management or administration or the equivalent; Master’s degree (an asset).
  • Fluency in English and French, spoken and written; Spanish (an asset).
  • Knowledge of social media platforms.
  • 10 years of significant experience in a similar position.
  • Strong leadership experience and ability to work effectively with a board of directors and committees.
  • Experience working in international development, both in Canada and abroad.
  • Experience in advocacy and communications to represent the Organization to the media, the government and other stakeholders.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment.
  • Knowledge of the Catholic Church in Canada and commitment to its values. Excellent knowledge of the Catholic Social Teachings.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Canadian socio-economic, political and cultural realities, as well as knowledge and awareness of current issues of social justice and international development.
  • Knowledge of best practices in fundraising.
  • Knowledge, awareness and familiarity with major national and international networks of international cooperation through which the Catholic Church fulfills its mission.

Qualities required

  • Demonstrate an inspiring leadership in a spirit of synodality.
  • Promote solidarity and democratic participation.
  • Thinking and working creatively.
  • Commit to mutual discernment and decision-making.
  • Ability to unify, mobilize and motivate people.
  • Have interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Available to travel in Canada and abroad.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends on occasion, as required.