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Executive Director, Toronto Birth Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 6, 2015


To be a space where women, families and communities can access safe and culturally respectful birthing care.


The purpose of the Toronto Birth Centre is to achieve optimal health and wellness for the whole community through culturally integrated care, education and research, and through supporting the practice of Aboriginal midwifery in its fullest scope both culturally and professionally.

The Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) is searching for a dynamic leader to fill the position of Executive Director. Reporting directly to the TBC Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will work to lead and develop this newly funded Independent Health Facility. The ED’s scope of responsibility includes oversight of the clinical, administrative, and financial and human resources operations of the TBC, in addition to supporting the governance work of the Board of Directors. Additionally, the ED is the face of the organization with external agencies, government, funders, partners and the community at large.

The ED is responsible for creating and cultivating a culture of respect for diversity and a culturally safe space for clients, midwives, staff and community. The ED will ensure the Indigenous Framework of the TBC is central to all aspects of its programs.

Highlighted Responsibilities Include:

1. To provide effective leadership and governance support that will:

  • Ensure high quality client care which is in compliance with all government legislation, regulations and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an Independent Health Facility, as an employer and as a non-profit agency, and with the College of Midwives Clinical Practice Parameters and Facilities Standards;
  • Ensure that the Indigenous delivery and decision framework, taking into account approaches, protocols and teachings, is understood and adhered to by the Board of Directors, Councils and Committees of the Board, privileged midwives, staff, and volunteers;
  • Ensure the continuing development of a robust Quality Management Program;
  • Support the work of the TBC Board of Directors, including the development of an Operational Plan to implement TBC Strategic Directions, and the organization’s Vision, Purpose and Values;
  • Attend Board Meetings;
  • Ensure that the development and implementation of new programs is consistent and adaptable  to community needs and desires;
  • Uphold that any research or data outputs are in alignment with Government of Canada Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples of Canada;
  • Facilitate partnerships with external service providers, community agencies, educational institutions and other healthcare providers;
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for the organization with other agencies and healthcare provider organizations, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public;
  • Act as a key contact with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the College of Midwives of Ontario and other Regulatory and Funding Bodies as required; and
  • Develop required Policies and Procedures, guided by the CMO CPPs and other organizational requirements;
  • Develop a process and ensure TBC’s compliance with statutory facility regulations, including but not limited to the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee and the Canadian Standards Association;
  • Development and implementation of the TBC communications plan.

2.  Managing Human Resources of the TBC including:

  • Recruitment, retention, performance management and organizational development;

3.  Managing Financial Resources of the TBC, including:

  • Development of an annual budget for presentation to and approval by the Board of Directors;
  • Ensuring that the operating parameters established in the annual budget are achieved and that control of operating expenses is within budget, including investigation and explanation of any variances;
  • Ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting activities.
  • Ensuring that financial audits are completed within defined timelines.


  • Masters level education, or Bachelor degree with congruent experience
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal cultural based services that takes into account approaches, protocols and traditional knowledge systems.
  • Demonstrated business acumen, particularly program development, management and implementation/facilitation experience or in combination with other relevant experience.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Midwifery legislation, regulation, management and practice
  • Excellent knowledge and/or experience with Community Health organizations
  • Experience working with Board structures and processes including minutes, motions and action items
  • Experience in making presentations to various organizations and groups
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with community based organizations, volunteer Boards, and government agencies

This posting will remain open until filled.  

The Toronto Birth Centre encourages applications from all qualified individuals, and values a diverse workforce that reflects the communities it serves. Aboriginal candidates are especially invited to apply.

We thank all interested applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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