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Chief Executive Officer | Children’s Cottage Society

The Organization

Children’s Cottage Society (CCS) is one of Calgary’s most admirable and determined non-profit organizations, dedicated to the safety and development of children through childcare support, respite and parenting support.

For more than 35 years, the Children’s Cottage Society has served over 75,000 children from over 50,000 families in crisis. Today we provide care and support through 11 early intervention programs that operate through our Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland, a shelter for homeless families called Brenda’s House (in Killarney), the Calgary West Family Resource Network, home visitation programs that provide child development guidance and housing programs that aim to support families to prevent homelessness. These programs help prevent harm and neglect to children while building stronger families.

Children’s Cottage Society is a known and trusted resource within Calgary – at the frontline of prevention and early intervention – playing a unique role in buffering children from adversity in their lives and working together with families to ensure they are happier, healthier, stronger and more resilient.

The CCS has an annual operating budget of approximately $ 7 Million

Vision: Resilient children blossom in healthy families

Mission: Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services

For further information about CCS, please visit their website at


The Opportunity
Reports to:President (Board Chair) of the Board of Directors
Direct Reports:5 (Director of Programs, Director of Development, Director of Finance, Human Resources Manager & Executive Assistant)
Indirect Reports:120 total staff
Location:Calgary, AB




The CEO will be the external voice of CCS, articulating the strategy of internal operations, providing continued growth in new and existing partnerships, and ultimately serving to protect and promote the overall well-being of the organization. Leadership will be a keystone to success in emboldening the culture of the organization and empowering staff members at every level. Above simply promoting the values of CCS, the CEO will be an individual that breathes the mission and vision to external stakeholders, staff and volunteers who contribute toward the success of the organization. As CCS endeavors the challenge of opening its newest and largest facility, the CEO must bring forth the leadership, strategy, and business acumen to ensure the organization is equipped with the resources needed to be successful in both the short and long term. With consideration to the new facility and all existing operations, the CEO will work diligently alongside the financial team to ensure CCS maintains a balanced budget and makes the most of funds provided through grants and donors.

Key Accountabilities

As a forward-thinking visionary leader who can capitalize on the huge potential of CCS and provide the direction and strategic framework to execute and implement the vision, the CEO‘s key areas of focus will be:

Strategic and Organizational Leadership

  • In partnership with the Board of Directors, conducts an annual strategic review of the plan, ensuring the implementation includes research and metrics, new learnings and emerging trends in the community and government landscapes
  • Provide direction through human-centered leadership and a broad vision for the organization – building upon a strong foundation towards an enhanced level of excellence
  • Provide leadership to ensure the execution and successful implementation of the strategic plan, working to develop and achieve strategic goals
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the CCS to support performance milestones
  • Co-create a shared vision where all members of the team and stakeholders have a sense of ownership and purpose aligned to organizational goals
  • Set a positive tone for culture, employee engagement and development, inspiring others, leading by example and successfully encouraging and fostering this same style throughout the organization
  • Lead through organizational change while maintaining a focus on vision, mission, and values
  • Responsible for the overall management and direction of the organization, ensuring that the goals of the organization are achieved through the continued development of innovative practices
  • Ensure a sound corporate communication plan is developed and implemented
  • Enhance the commitment to organizational culture, valuing a client service orientation across all levels of the organization
  • Work as an advocate for CCS, and exercise the principles behind the organization to establish an environment of compassion, where staff are excited to be part of the organization and there is a healthy atmosphere in the workplace

Engagement Leadership, Advocacy & Partnerships

  • Develop and maintain positive influential relationships with funders and donors with the goal of broadening CCS’s sources of funding
  • Act as a system-wide leader, encouraging partnerships and advocating for the need to build collective capacity in the sector
  • Build and maintain a strong, positive, collaborative and trusting relationship with the Board, all other key stakeholders and donors
  • Increase the brand profile of CCS, tell the organizational story, ensure a strategic communication plan exists and develop and maintain influential positioning with partners and with all levels of government
  • Seek out key roles on regional, provincial, and national committees that focus on emerging trends and innovation related to the work of CCS
  • Along with the President and Chair, act as a key spokesperson, liaison and/or representative with the media and assuring proper representation of CCS in the community
  • Negotiate agreements with funders and governments

Fiscal Management & Resource Development

  • Articulate to the Board a clear vision for fiscal sustainability, ensuring the organization’s financial services and operations are managed efficiently and effectively
  • Review and update appropriate control mechanisms to identify and mitigate risks to achieving the strategic plan
  • Assist in the development of an effective fund development strategy that reflects the vision and mission of CCS and optimizes financial results

Board Governance

  • Ensure that the Board has all the information and support necessary to effectively exercise its governance responsibilities
  • Work in close collaboration with the President and 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
  • Provide information to the Board regarding Strategic Plans and relevant environmental scanning data
  • Prepare CEO report; organize and attend all regular and special board and committee meetings
  • Join an organization that is committed to a worthy cause that can make a monumental difference in the development of children and their families
  • Inherit a fiscally balanced organization with the opportunity to grow funding in order to place CCS at the forefront of Calgary’s non-profit community and be seen as an agency, partner and organization where research and experienced based programs and innovation thrive
  • Be a transformative figure that changes the landscape of how external and internal bodies view and perceive the organization


First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Exemplify a fiscally responsible manner of operations that meets budgetary requirements while satisfying the compensation of staff and utilizing attainable resources
  • Provide inspired leadership that will invigorate the organizational culture – promoting CCS as an employer of choice and improving talent attraction and retention
  • Establish open, trusting and collaborative relationships at all levels; from frontline staff to the Board of Directors, ensuring that every individual within the organization has the comfort to approach and voice any concerns to the CEO
  • Find effective strategies in creating and enhancing government and relationships within and beyond the non-profit community
  • Managing thoughtful preparation and maximizing resources for the development of the new Montgomery facility
  • Meaningfully participate in the current CCS capital campaign



Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education and Experience:

  • A post-secondary degree preferably at a master’s level, in business, health administration, social work or related field preferred
  • A well-versed professional with proven leadership experience (15+ years), in or around the non-profit/public sector realm, – experience in social services with an understanding of the systemic barriers that impact human services would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices in early childhood development would be considered an asset
  • Experience working in Board governance and an understanding of Board relationships
  • Track-record of working closely with agency and community partners and working with various stakeholders across the sector to establish collaborative partnerships, solutions and initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically and develop a long-term business plans to ensure ongoing fiscal and operational sustainability
  • Direct experience in building relationships with a diverse groups of individuals, including senior executives, Boards, government, community leaders and staff
  • Exposure in some capacity to project development and/or development of capital campaigns
  • An understanding of fund development and the dynamics of donor relations as they relate to the nonprofit sector
  • Track record building organizational capacity and cultivating talent – recruiting, retaining, coaching, leading and mentoring high performing cross- functional teams
  • Experience in leveraging technology to improve the client experience and enable better information sharing within the organization as well as with partnering agencies across the system
  • Previous experience leading an organization through a period of transformation and related change management would be considered an asset
  • Experience for reconciliation work and a commitment to fostering relationships with Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals locally

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Natural sensibility to listen to and learn from individuals at all levels within an organization
  • Ability to identify gaps and barriers within an organization and resolve any impeditive factors
  • A passion for helping the public and serving as an ambassador within the community
  • Purposeful, inspired and empowering leadership that envelops humility, trust, and is completely void of ego
  • Well-developed mediation skills and conflict-resolution capabilities
  • A high-degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • A high-degree of integrity with the ability to hold oneself and others ethically accountable as to behave and act in the best interest of clients, colleagues and the organization
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness with the ability to recognize and respond to differences in needs for individuals and communities
  • Comfortable in a role requiring high visibility, a confident public speaker with an expressive style that is agreeable to diverse stakeholder groups and audiences


Equal Opportunity

The Children’s Cottage Society is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches our work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Gallagher and The Children’s Cottage Society throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
A025240 (AMPL-754144) Chief Executive Officer | Children’s Cottage Society - AB - Calgary and Area (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.