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Executive Director, The Stop Community Food Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 30, 2012

The Stop Community Food Centre is a dynamic community-based non-profit organization located in Toronto’s Davenport West neighbourhood. With programs spread across two locations totaling 26,000 sq. feet, The Stop is recognized both locally and nationally for its leadership and innovation in the food security and anti-poverty movements. The Stop prides itself on blending respectful emergency food access with community development and advocacy relating to the issues underlying hunger and poverty.

A thriving community centre with good food at its heart, The Stop’s programs include drop-in meals, a food bank, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, and sustainable food systems education, as well as perinatal, community action, and urban agriculture programs. The Stop is currently looking for a new Executive Director to lead its high-profile and multi-faceted operations.

Your Opportunity to Make a Difference

  • The Stop runs on the energy and dedication of 40-plus talented and passionate staff members and over 300 volunteers. Every day, they work to make a difference in the health and livelihoods of thousands of low-income community members and, in so doing, to advocate for wider social change.
  • Reporting to an engaged Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages all aspects of The Stop’s activities, including community leadership and engagement, finance, administration, strategic planning, human resources, fundraising, media and government relations, and program and policy development.
  • The Stop has an impressive history of organizational momentum. With a $4-million budget and a groundbreaking social enterprise program, the possibilities for innovation and continued strategic growth are sky-high.

Candidate Qualities

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following values, skills and qualities:

  • Values
    • The successful candidate will be a highly principled, fair, trustworthy, optimistic, open-minded, adaptable, supportive and respectful individual, and will possess an unwavering commitment to social justice. He or she will be decisive and yet inclusive, and will demonstrate a willingness to listen to other voices.
  • Leadership
    • An inspirational and articulate leader, the successful candidate will be politically astute and possess exceptional interpersonal and communication abilities. He or she will be able to effectively serve as a visible, compelling ambassador for The Stop and a knowledgeable, passionate advocate for issues related to hunger, poverty, social justice and food system issues both internally and in the broader community.
    • The successful candidate will be able to delegate and set clear priorities in the development of teams and programs. A keen problem-solver and persuasive negotiator, the successful candidate will excel at achieving consensus among differing opinions. He or she is confident, transparent, encourages creativity and collaboration, and is capable of building and fostering effective teams and forging long-lasting and collaborative relationships and partnerships.
    • The successful candidate will be able to balance learning about and valuing The Stop’s history and past successes with a vision and commitment to leading the organization into the future.
  • Management
    • The successful candidate will bring to this position nonprofit acumen, strong financial and human resources management skills and an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit. He or she will ensure the continued delivery of high-quality service to the community and a stable and supportive staff culture while planning for future growth and constantly seeking out and seizing new opportunities. He or she will oversee the financial status of the organization, including developing long- and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget, and ensuring that sound financial controls are in place. In addition, he or she will set priorities to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the community and staff.

Career Experience and Education

As a respected and connected leader, the candidate will have the following professional experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience in a sizeable, innovative, multi-faceted (and ideally multi-site) frontline community agency that deals with poverty, hunger, social justice, and related issues;
  • Proven experience managing an organization of comparable size and complexity as The Stop;
  • Experience dealing with issues in the areas of poverty reduction, social justice, and/or food systems change;
  • Experience working with board and staff to develop a multi-year strategic plan;
  • Experience developing and measuring community-based programs and services;
  • A proven ability to fundraise and cultivate donors. Experience with social enterprise highly desirable;
  • Experience with communications planning and media and government relations;
  • Experience building cross-sectoral partnerships and working within networks and with partner organizations to build a healthier, more inclusive city;
  • Relevant undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field;
  • Second language (Spanish or Portuguese or another language relevant to our community) an asset.

Interested and qualified candidates can submit their expression of interest and resume in confidence to our executive search consultant, Charles M. Lennox, Lennox Millar Executive Search, online at

For further information, please email

The Stop welcomes applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and is an equal opportunity employer.

We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please.

To learn about The Stop, visit