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Executive Director, University Settlement

Founded in 1910 and the first community-based social service centre in
the City of Toronto, University Settlement (us)  is located in the
culturally rich and vibrant Grange neighbourhood in the heart of
downtown.  Its members access a variety of programs and services
through 6 departments: community development, daycare, employment and
training, esl, music and arts, and recreation.

With a full-time and part-time staff of approximately 200, a broad
volunteer base, and a budget of $3.5 million, us works in partnership
with residents, users and funders such as the united way, City of
Toronto and Citizenship and Immigration Canada to meet the diverse
social, cultural and economic needs of more than 30,000 users annually.
Us is governed by an independent volunteer board of directors, elected
by its membership at its annual general meeting.

Vision: To improve the overall quality of life for people living and working in the catchment area

Mission: To provide effective relevant services and programs in an
inclusive environment which meet the needs of the community in an
economically, culturally and socially conscious way

Reporting to a volunteer board of directors, and working with the management team, the successful candidate will

  • provide leadership and work respectfully with an experienced
    management team, unionized staff, volunteers and membership to ensure
    that the organization's mission statement is carried out.
  • demonstrate commitment to resource development and fundraising.
  • build strong, cooperative and sustainable community, corporate
    and sector-based partnerships to support the agency's ability to
    provide effective and relevant social services and programs for its
  • demonstrate an awareness and understanding of communities and responds to their needs in a collaborative manner.
  • provide a vision and act as information bearer to ensure that
    staff, volunteers, partners, community and board have sufficient and
    up-to-date information.
  • work closely with the strategic planning committee to develop and implement a 3-year strategic plan for the organization.
  • actively participate in teams for organizational effectiveness.
  • ensure the development of targets and measurement criteria to maintain high-quality programs and services.
  • oversee us' day-to-day infrastructure including planning
    finances, program development and evaluation, and on-going education of
    staff and volunteers.
  • establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long term work goals.
  • work independently within the prescribed parameters of the board
    of directors; can discern the relevance of issues and communicate them
  • think beyond the current political and demographic environment to
    anticipate changes that may affect the future of the organization.

Measures of success: The executive director will work with the board of
directors to determine short- and long-term goals against which measure
of success will be set.


  • post-secondary education or equivalent experience.
  • 2-4 years experience in a senior management position
  • is a dynamic and inspiring leader who will respond with clarity, vision, integrity and team-work to the challenges facing us.
  • has experience working with diverse communities.
  • has experience with collaborative and community-based approaches to initiating and implementing long-term change processes.
  • has a strong understanding of fundraising and grant applications.
  • possesses excellent written, presentation and verbal communications skills.
  • is financially literate.
  • has a thorough understanding of the social services sector in canada.
  • has significant experience with organizational capacity building,
    conflict resolution and leading an organization through times of
    transition and development.
  • is able to build capacity from within an organization and the community at-large.
  • is an effective communicator, skilled in building and maintaining relationships across different groups and sectors.
  • is someone who is comfortable with accountability and respects teamwork and collective action.
  • has strong organizational and management skills, ability to work autonomously, prioritize and multitask efficiently.
  • fluency in more than one language would be an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position will require some flexibility in work hours.

Application deadline: Cctober 27, 2006

Please submit resume together with cover letter by email only to
We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

A Neighbourhood Service supported by the United Way and the City of Toronto.