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Chief Executive Officer – Alberta Cancer Foundation


The Alberta Cancer Foundation represents the interests of over 200,000 donors, raises more than $40 million annually and manages more than $100 million in endowments.  It is the largest provincially based health care foundation in Alberta and is the largest key non-government investor in cancer research in the province.

With over 60 staff members and 300 volunteers located throughout the Province, the Alberta Cancer Foundation is committed to ensuring all Albertans are aware of and recognize the Foundation as a strong voice for cancer research and care. The Foundation is the primary fundraiser for the Calgary Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute (Edmonton), the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Calgary), Grande Prairie Cancer Centre, Central Alberta Cancer Centre (Red Deer), Margery E. Yuill Cancer Center (Medicine Hat) and Jack Ady Cancer Centre (Lethbridge) as well as 11 community cancer centres throughout Alberta.  The Foundation generates generous community support through multiple fundraising channels, including direct gifts and bequests, over 400 community fundraising events, and major challenge events.

For further information about Alberta Cancer Foundation, please visit their website at



Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Direct Reports: Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Vice President, Program Investment; Vice President, Communications; Vice President, Fund Development, Executive Assistant (vacant)

Indirect Reports: 60+

Location: Calgary or Edmonton



The Chief Executive Officer will advance the organization, in collaboration with the Board and other stakeholders, through a continued period of innovation and transformation towards the longer-term goals and mandate of the ACF. A transformative leader, they will inspire their Board, stakeholders and staff to envision and support this renewed vision. The Chief Executive Officer will be a visible, proactive leader across the province and an outgoing, outward facing communicator. The Chief Executive Officer will take the ACF to the next level in its evolution – building upon a strategy of impact investing, impact funding, increased accountability to donors and outcome measurement while making life better for Albertans facing cancer.



The position will include the following responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership

  • In conjunction with the Board of Trustees, Foundation staff and partners, build upon the existing strategy and multiple years of formative change and organizational positioning to define and articulate the Foundation’s vision and strategies for achieving the vision in the short and long term.
  • Ensure the adoption of strategies and plans for the development, implementation and monitoring of fund deployment or investment.
  • Develop and monitor strategies to ensure the long-term viability of the Foundation,
  • Through foresight and anticipation, stays abreast of industry trends to ensure that the ACF has the best possible information and strategies with which to address and consider emerging issues such as the impact of technology, on-line giving, and inter-generational giving.

Board Facilitation and Governance

  • Ensure that the Board has all the information and support necessary to effectively exercise its governance responsibilities
  • Work in close collaboration with the Board Chair to determine the scheduling of, and agendas for, meetings of the Board and Committees of the Board, to ensure that the Board is kept apprised in a timely manner of main issues facing the organization, and to ensure there is an effective relationship between the Senior Leadership Team and the members of the Board
  • Prepare CEO report; organize and attend all regular and special board and committee meetings
  • Work in cooperation with the Board of Trustees to formulate strategy and establish long-term objectives that support the vision and mandate of the Foundation
  • Assist with trustee and senior volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition as required by the Board of Trustees

Engagement Leadership

  • Build and maintain strong, positive, collaborative and trusting relationships with all stakeholders ensuring that relationships are enduring and focused on long-term outcomes and initiatives
  • Be the ambassador that communicates and articulates the ACF strategy and corresponding messaging ensuring that the profile and reputation of the Foundation is maintained at the highest possible level
  • Develop and foster strong open lines of communication and dialogue with existing and future partners and stakeholders to address and resolves issues at hand and challenge and reframe paradoxical thinking

Organizational and People Leadership

  • Provide mentorship and leadership to the Foundation Executive Team and Management on strategy and planning to help exceed overall objectives. Develop future leadership within the organization
  • Continue the growth and development of a leading-edge organization focused on innovative impact and cutting-edge positioning and priorities
  • Attract and deploy talent to create a high performance, province‐wide team and provide strong leadership for staff and volunteers to increase donor support and the public’s awareness of the Foundation
  • Create the space for innovation and agility so staff can mobilize and respond to organizational strategies and shifting priorities
  • Ensure strategies and plans for volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition are in place
  • Ensure the development of human resource policies and practices. Ensure the development of staff performance objectives and the evaluation of performance against organizational goals. Provide coaching and counseling where necessary. Foster a staff culture that supports the Foundation’s strategy

Philanthropic and Investment Leadership

  • Oversee the development of fundraising strategies in collaboration with the Board, Executive Team, and fund development staff
  • Support the Board and enable them to fulfill their role as ambassadors for the Foundation
  • Ensure an appropriate and effective donor stewardship strategy is in place and executed
  • Ensure that program investment opportunities and cases for support are clearly and consistently articulated and presented, and are relevant and compelling to donors and have a direct line of sight to cancer patients and their families

Fiscal and Operational Leadership

  • Provide full financial oversight for the organization.  With the CFO, develop an annual budget for consideration by the Board. The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Foundation maintains a strong financial position and that assets are protected
  • Provide prompt, thorough, and accurate information to keep the Board appropriately informed of the Foundation’s fiscal health
  • Ensure all practices, activities, decisions and organizational circumstances are managed in accordance with applicable legislation and regulations, professional ethics and commonly accepted business practices
  • Ensure the oversight of operations and the periodic assessment of functions and duties to meet the needs of the Foundation



  • Navigate the provincial health system to broaden the Foundation’s impact on cancer patients and their families. The Foundation’s direct investment approach has meant that it is ahead of the curve and leading edge in the province.
  • Participation in a broader group of health foundations across Alberta presents the CEO with the opportunity to partner and collaborate with 7 other foundations to share information regarding trends, best practices, and successes and challenges.
  • Capital campaigns for cancer centers within the province of Alberta, with a particular focus on the major campaign for the Calgary cancer center.
  • Accountability has become an increasing driver in fund development, leading to increased financial accountability, transparency and outcome-based measurements.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Initiate transformative change within the organization, lead the team forward, increase operational excellence and organizational agility and, develop a followership from within the organization improving employee satisfaction metrics.
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including Alberta Health Services and major donors, to ensure that there is respect and recognition between the parties.
  • Advance and broaden the Foundation’s revenue strategy through a reaffirmation of the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Establish a provincial presence spending a significant amount of time in each of the Calgary and Edmonton offices as well as visits to other regional cancer centers.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Preference will be given to candidates with a graduate degree in a relevant discipline.


  • Must have held an executive leadership role within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment
  • Experienced reporting to a Board of Directors, or has had significant interaction with a Board of Directors
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder relations which includes with diverse groups of individuals, including senior executives, donors, Boards, stakeholders, partners, and staff
  • Proven business acumen with an ability to think strategically and develop a long-term business plan to ensure the organization’s ongoing sustainability
  • Strategic organizational and people leadership experience, building organizational capacity and cultivating talent – recruiting, retaining, coaching, leading and mentoring high performing cross- functional teams
  • Experienced public presence – comfortable and adept at being an organizations spokesperson – accustomed to being in the “lime light”
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have previous experience or knowledge of health care systems, particularly Alberta Health Services
  • Familiar and comfortable with a philanthropic and fund development environment – previously been accountable for the financial sustainability of an organization for it to achieve its mandate

Competencies and Attributes

  • Relationship Building – ability to develop relationships with community, corporate partners and key stakeholders. Builds respect in the community through actions and relationships and works to become part of multiple networks.
  • Strategic Communications – through various communication strategies include and involve the community and other key stakeholders in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan. Displays exceptional interpersonal skills, including demonstrated political acumen and system wide agility and maneuverability.
  • Strategy – strong leadership and organizational skills, ability to develop and implement strategic direction.
  • Dedication – strongly committed to enhancing the extraordinary reputation of the Foundation and embracing the Foundation’s core values. Passionate and heartfelt commitment to the purpose of the organization.
  • Motivation – inspires others to perform well. Possesses great strength in building and leading a cohesive team. Develops skills of team and Trustees and fosters growth and quality-focus in others.
  • Influence – effectively influences the actions and opinions of others. Ability to generate respect and trust from donors, strategic partners and staff.
  • Change Management – communicates strategic plans and goals effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance to innovation; comfortable with transformation change inside and outside of an organization.
  • Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to efficiency and effectiveness. Develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to revenue and bottom-line performance; conserves organizational resources.
  • Embraces innovation & Technology – functions effectively as the leader within a team environment in a fast-paced and growing organization.
  • Orientation to Achievement – able to continually set measures and achieve challenging professional goals. Is self-assured, confident and goal-oriented.
  • Accountability – Able to generate respect and trust from donors, strategic partners and staff; desires to be held accountable for personal, team and organizational goals.



A competitive compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

How to Apply:

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ARCP-360524 Chief Executive Officer – Alberta Cancer Foundation - AB - Calgary and AreaAB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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