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Chief Executive Officer – YWCA Edmonton


YWCA Edmonton has served the evolving needs of our community for over a century. It is an established and respected social service organization whose mission is to advocate for equity through a woman’s perspective, educating and empowering those they serve.

YWCA Edmonton began in 1907 as Cushing House, to meet the need for inexpensive, safe housing for young women drawn to the City’s early 20th Century boom. From engagement with this vulnerable population, YWCA went on to co-found some of Edmonton’s most vital social service agencies:  the first daycare, Foster Parents’ Association, Big Sisters, WIN House, the Rape Crisis Centre, Women’s Building Future Society and the ever-evolving range of YWCA Edmonton’s own programs.

YWCA Edmonton is a community leader in advocacy, counselling services, disability services, sexual health and wellness services, youth programming, and outdoor experiences in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Through education, empowerment and a service-centric approach to supporting clients, YWCA Edmonton inspires leaders to advocate for equity in our community through a variety of services and programming including:

  • Counselling Services: Assists a variety of clients through their own challenges creating longer-term stability in our community and improved mental health.
  • Lakeside Haven: Offers a safe, nurturing space to heal as a family for women & children recovering from family violence.
  • Camp Yowochas: Focuses on developing young leaders through education and by empowering boys and girls to promote equity in our community.
  • GirlSpace, WiseGuyz & YouthSpace: Increases awareness, fosters resilience, encourages collaboration and builds skills, confidence, self-esteem, respect and social awareness in youth.
  • Sexual Wellness Programming: Education and counselling services for sexual health and wellness helps to support informed decision making for their clients.
  • Disability Support Services: Provides much needed support to both clients and their caregivers regardless of background.
  • Support Groups: Offers a variety of programming for women and children coping with mental health stresses.

YWCA Edmonton is a part of the World YWCA global movement which unites 25 million women and girls worldwide and spans 125 countries. The YWCA has 32 member associations in Canada whose work spans 300 communities.

The YWCA has a strong focus on supporting and building opportunities for equity in leadership roles in our community. The organization is committed to compassionate care and will go the extra mile – their biggest priority is taking care of their clients.

Vision | A world with equity, opportunity, and choice for all

Mission | To lead, support, and advocate for women, girls, and families when and where they need us.

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Job Title:Chief Executive Officer
Reports to:Board of Directors
Direct Reports:7
Indirect Reports:42
Location:Edmonton, AB



YWCA Edmonton is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide strategic and operational leadership to their organization. The ideal candidate is a strong advocate for women’s rights and cares deeply about YWCA Edmonton’s vision and mission. The successful candidate will inspire the organization to take courageous steps to accomplish great things. Reporting to the Board of Directors and leading a dedicated team of 42 full-time employees, 135-part time employees, 50 seasonal employees, 100 contractors and over 100 volunteers, the CEO will bring a passion for evolving the YWCA’s brand to the next level.

The CEO will be a relationship builder, a trusted and sought-after spokesperson in the community on wide-ranging topics related to women’s rights advocacy, disability and mental health services, sexual wellness, empowerment and personal development of children, and strengthening families. The CEO will be a strategic thinker, will embrace change, and will take considered risks. The CEO is responsible for stewarding the organization so it continues to be both sustainable and growing in new directions, as well as for the visionary and people-centered leadership of the team of staff, contractors, and volunteers. The organization embraces change and enables an innovative approach to service and program delivery and desires a CEO who will work closely with the leadership team to drive and achieve the vision of YWCA Edmonton.

Key Accountabilities:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Be the face of YWCA Edmonton and elevate the organization to become the go-to resource in the sector;
  • Effectively communicate and share the vision of YWCA Edmonton throughout the community in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness;
  • Engage with the Board in annual and long-term strategic planning with responsibility for the execution of the strategic and operational plan; and
  • Ensure financial accountability and effective stewardship of the organization.

Operational Excellence:

  • Inspire a high standard of excellence in serving all clients’ highly diverse needs;
  • Develop clear performance indicators and metrics to effectively evaluate the operational effectiveness of program and service delivery; and
  • Identify opportunities for organizational efficiency, synergy and collaboration to enhance the effective delivery of services in each of YWCA Edmonton’s business units.

People Leadership:

  • Inspire excellent performance of staff by championing a supportive and empowering work environment that attracts and retains top talent;
  • Motivate and mentor a team of leaders who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization and who feel empowered to work collaboratively in support of the overall strategic direction; and
  • Establish succession planning via the continuous growth of internal capacity through leadership and professional development.

Stakeholder Relations & Advocacy:

  • As chief spokesperson, ensure that messaging around YWCA Edmonton’s mission, programs, and services is persuasive and positive;
  • Actively engage with stakeholders (including other non-profit organizations, private companies, YWCA Canada, regional YWCA Chapters etc.) to ensure relationships are strong, trusted and collaborative;
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate, build coalitions and partnerships (within the private and public sector) that align with, and further the mission of, YWCA Edmonton;
  • Champion a robust government relations strategy to sustain highly effective relationships with ministries, departments, agencies and commissions that affect the lives of women, persons living with disabilities, marginalized youth, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous peoples and newcomers to advocate for policies focused on the equity of all people; and
  • Advocate for a feminist view of issues and promote solutions for affected communities, groups and populations.


  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and the Leadership team to execute on the strategic plan in a manner that aligns resources, services and advocacy efforts with the organization’s mission and priorities;
  • Support governance continuity through effectively onboarding the Chairperson (annual turnover) and Directors (three-year terms);
  • Ensure ongoing, transparent reporting to the Board on strategic plan execution, financial performance and risk management; and
  • Provide leadership in recommending policy on the overall operations of the organization.

Fund Development:

  • Grow affinity and support for YWCA Edmonton by overseeing and participating in identifying, cultivating and stewarding key relationships;
  • Oversee the development of a comprehensive fund development strategy inclusive of grants, corporate sponsorships and individual giving (major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, etc.); and
  • Activate fund development strategies that ensure organizational sustainability, progress strategic objectives, and support projects across all business units.



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

  • Establish trusting, authentic and positive relationships with all stakeholders including staff, board, community partners, and funding agencies;
  • Build an executive brand as the face of YWCA Edmonton and promote the organization as an influential voice in the sector;
  • Foster a mentoring culture to empower and elevate the leadership team and champion the implementation of a performance management system;
  • Operationalize the three-year strategic plan with clear key performance indicators and measures of success;
  • Evaluate the organization’s long-term financial sustainability, diversification strategy, succession plan, organizational structure, and fund development strategy in order to activate opportunities for continuous improvement; and
  • Identify opportunities for social enterprise, mergers and acquisitions and collaborative partnerships to further promote the mission of YWCA Edmonton.



The ideal candidate is a motivating leader who lives and models the values of YWCA Edmonton and has the following qualifications and competencies:


  • Bachelor’s degree will be considered an asset.


  • Previous CEO experience with a track record of building community;
  • Previous experience reporting to a Board with solid governance knowledge;
  • Track record of success implementing a strategic plan, managing organizational change and seizing opportunities for growth;
  • Sound knowledge of fiscal and risk management;
  • Experience organizing employees around a dynamic strategy in a changing environment;
  • Previous experience advocating for women’s rights, disability rights, sexual wellness and an intersectional feminist perspective;
  • Previous media relations, government relations and advocacy experience; and
  • Track record of success leading and developing a diverse, high performing team of dedicated and innovative leaders.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Mission Driven | A sincere passion for women’s rights and a deep commitment to the overall mission of YWCA Edmonton. Fosters the development of a common vision providing clear direction and priorities and clarifying roles and responsibilities.
  • Leadership | Effective leadership skills with a strong focus on mentoring and motivating teams to go beyond the expected, providing tools to do their best work. Demonstrates behaviors consistent with YWCA values and demands same from others.
  • Strategic Planning | Demonstrated ability to think strategically and plan effectively within a complex environment. Develops short and long-range plans that are comprehensive, creative, realistic and effective in meeting goals and objectives, while promoting engagement via a system wide planning approach.
  • Relationship Building | Strong interpersonal skills with an impressive history of forging strong relationships with stakeholders of all backgrounds and at all levels. Treats all stakeholders with professionalism, dignity and respect. Proactively seeks partnership and collaboration with external organizations to ensure long-term strategic success.
  • Communication | Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to articulate the value of the work of YWCA Edmonton to potential stakeholders to the community at large.
  • Decisive | Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account facts, goals, constraints and risks grounded in common sense and sound judgement.
  • Compassionate | Cares about clients, stakeholders, employees and communities. Partner with key stakeholder to identify and resolve complex and sensitive issues. Demonstrated capacity to balance the business and human sides of the organization.
  • Charismatic | Demonstrates a personal presence that inspires confidence and elicits followership.
  • Resilient | Ability to lead through evolving climates of social, cultural and political change. Proceeds courageously in the face of adversity.
  • Courageous Advocacy | Comfortable with confronting controversial topics (ie. feminism, sexual health etc.) in the public arena as the face of YWCA Edmonton.
  • Business and Financial Acumen | Understands key business fundamentals, understands the drivers of financial health and accountability of the organization and takes responsibility to maintain its ongoing fiscal soundness.
  • Management of Ambiguity | Adapts effortlessly to changes in priorities, circumstances and environment; is energized by the opportunity to put their mark on an evolving organization.
  • Political Acumen | Possesses keen judgement and a heightened ability to perceive the formal and informal influences on a situation. Correctly reads contextual cues and uses the information to frame and sell ideas, influence others, negotiate, persuade, build networks, initiate and manage change.


An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

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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