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Executive Director, Canadian Women's Health Network

Winnipeg, Ontario
Deadline July 20, 2010

The Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN) is looking for new leadership.

Canada's leading independent voice for trusted women's health information is seeking a new Executive Director. The organization, with its head office in Winnipeg, has strong networks and affiliations throughout the country. The CWHN focuses on providing high quality information about women's health for researchers, health care providers, policy makers and Canadian women.

We strive to be an independent, critical voice for women's health in Canada. Throughout our 14-year history, we have helped to lead and define the women's health agenda in this country. We have taken courageous positions, built strong communities, and spoken out on behalf of women and girls.

We are looking for an exceptional woman to help us take our next steps into the future, a thought leader with passion and a commitment to social change.

To take on this leadership challenge, the CWHN is seeking an enthusiastic and determined champion for women's health. Working with a dedicated and diverse Board, the Executive Director will play an important role in developing and transitioning the Network. She will encourage strategic directions, provide inspiration and vision for the organization, and support the Network's talented staff team.

The ideal candidate will have post-secondary education, a strong background in women's health policy and research and a commitment to feminist perspectives and equity. She will also have experience and a demonstrated track record in evidence-based advocacy, building networks, promoting capacity building, and fostering organizational growth.

To be considered, applicants must have demonstrated:

  • commitment to building an independent and national voice for women's health in Canada
  • understanding of NGO governance
  • effective management of internal and external communications, including media
  • experience in maintaining government relations
  • ability to plan and manage organizational development, creation and implementation of budgets, goals and objectives, including recruitment and effective utilization of staff skills
  • results in fundraising and grant acquisition derived from a variety of sources
  • strong oral and written English is essential and bilingualism is an asset
  • ability to work collaboratively and independently with board, staff, and community allies

To explore this exciting leadership opportunity to guide one of Canada's most trusted and respected health organizations, please forward your résumé, a one page document describing your vision for the CWHN and a sample of writing intended for the public or for a policy context to [email protected] Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

More information about CWHN is available at

While the CWHN's national office is located in Winnipeg, we will accept applications from elsewhere. However, candidates must be open to travel to Winnipeg as well as Ottawa. The position is full time but some flexibility in terms of hours can be considered. Salary will be negotiable, and will include a generous benefit package.

The CWHN is committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from candidates who have disabilities, who are Aboriginal, from LGBTQ communities, or who are members of racialized groups. We are a unionized work environment. We are grateful for all applications; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.