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Executive Director, Guelph Community Health Centre

Guelph, Ontario
Deadline July 11, 2011 

The Guelph Community Health Centre (Guelph CHC) is a non-profit health centre founded in 1984 by a group of committed citizens to provide a variety of health services with a focus on an integrated approach to health care and community involvement.  Opening its doors in downtown Guelph with one doctor, one nurse practitioner and two office staff, Guelph CHC now has over 100 staff supporting its clients and community programs. Guelph CHC has since developed into a dynamic and thriving organization offering innovative primary health services and community programs for populations that experience barriers in accessing services, using an interdisciplinary team approach, and strong collaboration with community partners.

The next decade will be exciting and challenging for Guelph CHC as the strategies needed for sustainability and development in community service organizations are evolving. To successfully respond to this evolution, Guelph CHC has begun the process of evaluating and reviewing its mandate and function in order to clearly define its future direction, identify the programs and services that will be relevant to its mandate and, articulate its role as a partner in the Community Health Centre’s (CHC) model of care as well as the larger health care system in Guelph.

With the current Executive Director leaving after sixteen years of dedicated service, the Board of Directors is seeking a new leader to take on the role of  

Executive Director
As the senior executive of a vital community health organization, serving under the general direction of the Board, and working in conjunction with key partners and stakeholders, you will have a unique opportunity to provide insight and leadership in planning and implementation for the future in realizing the organization’s vision, mission and strategic planning.  

You will bring to the Guelph CHC your solid executive management and change management skills. Your experience in leading or directing a community health or human service organization , as well as your ability to understand and work with complex funding models, will serve you well as you monitor client and community needs, services, programs and systems in order to meet the changing demands placed on the organization.  

As a natural relationship builder, networker and advocator, you have the ability to foster a values-based, community-focused environment using a facilitative leadership style that can work successfully with all stakeholders. You demonstrate diplomacy, tact and respect when working with others and this will be an important asset as you advocate for health and social service issues affecting the Guelph CHC’s client base and as you work with other community organizations and government agencies.

As a manager, you will be a strong coach and a trusted leader ensuring that the staff and management team have the tools and skill sets to be successful. You are highly motivated by the opportunity to mobilize the energy and talent of others to work towards common goals.

With a minimum of eight years of progressively senior management experience, you are a confident leader and decision maker, committed to enhancing community health care. A post graduate degree in health, public or business administration would be an asset.

The opportunity to influence and lead a thriving community organization into its next phase awaits the qualified candidate.  

This search is being conducted on behalf of Guelph CHC by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in finding leaders and fundraisers for Canada’s charitable sector.  Qualified applicants are invited to submit their applications on-line only, in confidence, by July 11, 2011 at

For more information about the position, please e-mail Linda Samis, Senior Consultant, crawfordconnect at or call 416-781-3618. Inquiries are welcome; all applications are requested online.