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Chief Executive Officer – Edmonton John Howard Society


Edmonton John Howard Society (“EJHS”) takes its name and spirit from the 18th century humanitarian, John Howard, whose name has become a symbol of humane consideration for reforming incarcerated individuals. As a private, involved citizen, John Howard set an example that has become a cornerstone of the John Howard Societies: there cannot be effective crime prevention solutions without community participation.

In 1866, the Howard Association was formed in England to continue John Howard’s work. This association merged with the League for Penal Reform in 1921 to form the “Howard League of Penal Reforms.” The first official John Howard Society in Canada was formed in Vancouver in 1924 and officially incorporated in 1931. John Howard Society of Alberta was established in 1948, followed in 1949 by formation of the Edmonton District Council. Edmonton John Howard Society was incorporated as an independent society in 1984. The Edmonton John Howard Society is a CARF accredited organization.


 “Through our programs and services, we work to prevent crime and to help people affected by crime.”


“Safety and Harmony in our Community”


EJHS works with people to eradicate the root causes of crime in order to build a safe, healthy community through:

  • Promoting an awareness of the problem of crime and its impact on society.
  • Encouraging greater responsibility within the community for crime prevention.
  • Providing services to people who are, or have the potential to be, in conflict with the law or who have been victims of crime.


Core Values – Edmonton John Howard Society believes:

  • Every individual has intrinsic worth and has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • In the potential of all human beings and in their capacity for growth and change.
  • All individuals have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society and that justice is best served through measures that resolve conflict and restore harmony.
  • Individuals are responsible for their own actions and must be held accountable for those actions.
  • The root causes of crime are found within communities and that the solutions to crime are also found in communities.
  • In serving community needs by cooperating and collaborating to achieve a healthy and safe society.


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Job Title:Chief Executive Officer
Reports to:Board of Directors
Direct Reports:


5: VP Residential, VP Quality Improvement, VP Community Services. Coordinator Events & Volunteers, and Executive Assistant
Indirect Reports:185



Reporting to the Board, the CEO is the Senior Officer of EJHS and is the Board’s sole link to the administration and operations. The CEO is the administrative head of the agency, is delegated the authority for administering Board Policies, and is accountable to the Board for the quality of the programs and services.

Working as a member of a skilled Senior Leadership Team, the CEO champions individual accountability, empowerment, and organizational capacity development.  Whenever possible, decisions are made at the lowest level within the organization, which promotes leadership development at all levels within the agency.


Key Accountabilities

Strategic Leadership:

  • Efficiently integrates philosophies, policies and practices in a manner congruent with the values of EJHS;
  • Cascades the priorities within the strategic plan through to the frontline operations of the EJHS;
  • Develops, implements, and provides oversight of the business plan of EJHS;
  • Annually, provides a summary of Business Plan goals and accomplishments ensuring the Board has the opportunity to contribute to and approve the Business Plan;
  • Pursues positive relationships with potential partners/collaborators;
  • Contributes to thoughtful, yet efficient decision making for immediate policy decisions based on the following 3 criteria:
    • Fiduciary Care
    • Best Practice
    • Alignment with the Mission and Values of Edmonton John Howard Society
  • Ensures the development and implementation of a quality improvement framework (for business operations, programs, and staff); and
  • Makes decisions around the agency’s direction, particularly related to programs and/or service offerings.


Operational Leadership:

  • Provides general leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of the EJHS;
  • Ensures the agency’s financial integrity is maintained and that an audit occurs annually;
  • Ensures EJHS reporting is completed in a competent and timely manner – this includes all legal and fiduciary requirements EJHS has because of its status – i.e., EJHS Annual Return;
  • Proactively communicates both internally and externally; provides timely and accurate reports to board;
  • Embraces the person-centric approach to service delivery; and
  • Maintains current knowledge of the complexities of the sector in order to ensure the programs and services offered by EJHS remain relevant and are operated with a best-practice approach.


People Leadership:

  • Maintains and models a healthy culture within EJHS, ensuring safety and inclusiveness for all;
  • Establishes succession planning and the continuous growth of internal capacity and leadership development as a priority;
  • Continues the emphasis on alignment of long-term thinking and planning in order to achieve organizational success;
  • Continues to maintain exceptional employee engagement, and enhances the positive culture that supports EJHS’ strategic objectives;
  • Ensures recruitment and termination practices are in compliance with relevant legislation and best practices;
  • Sets supervision structure and standards for the agency;
  • Sets core and supplemental training requirements and ensures compliance with same; and
  • Identifies EJHS training needs which may be systematically or individually based.



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

  • Continue leading within a stable environment;
  • Develop rapport with the Board and staff and align to the current culture and values while integrating their own leadership style;
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders including local community and all levels of government as current and potential funders; and
  • Continue to promote and strengthen the depth of existing programs and structure of the agency.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in related/appropriate field is required.



  • 8-10 years of senior leadership experience is required;
  • Previous senior leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector is preferred;
  • Proven ability to diplomatically develop, establish, and navigate relationships and partnerships;
  • Proven ability to provide leadership and direction, while continuing to promote a positive culture for a team;
  • Proven ability to think critically, strategically and integrate philosophies into practice;
  • Proven ability to maintain composure and effectively manage crisis situations.


Competencies and Attributes

  • Emotionally intelligent leader who exemplifies the Mission, Vision and Core Values of EJHS, and who has a passion for the work of the agency;
  • A collaborative leader who supports the strong team that is in place, who delegates work to the person with the right expertise, and who trusts in the skills of those around them to get the job done;
  • An exceptional communicator who engages at all levels, who is authentic, fair, and who possesses unimpeachable integrity;
  • An individual who balances confidence (when making decisions or working through challenging situations) with humility (when ensuring that the needs and brand of the agency take precedence over those of the individual);
  • Courageous leader who meets uncomfortable situations head-on and moves to constructively resolve the situation with thoughtful and appropriate communication;
  • Self-motivated individual who is apt to exceed stated expectations;
  • Superior interpersonal and diplomacy skills resulting in excellent navigation of internal and external relationships;
  • An agile leader with a capacity for global thinking;
  • Competency in critical and strategic-level thinking and action, balanced with a “roll up the sleeves” attitude;
  • Competency in both understanding policy and the practical application of such;
  • Innovative, self-motivated and inclined to go above and beyond;
  • Proven ability and receptiveness to receive feedback;
  • Proven ability to implement feedback and support change management; and
  • General computer knowledge (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.


An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.



The Edmonton John Howard 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 Optimum Talent and The Edmonton John Howard 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:
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