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Lifesaving Society Ontario
in Toronto
invites applications for the position of
Ontario Executive Director

Friday, March 8, 2019

Job Description

Are you the next leader of Lifesaving Society Ontario?

The Lifesaving Society Ontario seeks an Executive Director to lead one of the most successful drowning prevention organizations in Canada and the world. The Lifesaving Society Ontario:
  • Is an independently incorporated charity with a volunteer-driven culture that provides programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning.
  • Delivers training to over 800,000 Ontarians annually with the support of over 100 volunteer officers, 50 staff and an operating budget of over $10 million.
  • Is a leader and a partner in the delivery of water safety education throughout Canada and an active member of the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society and the International Life Saving Federation.
The Lifesaving Society Ontario operates with a multifaceted organizational structure comprised of:
  • A volunteer Board of Directors that governs Lifesaving Society Ontario.
  • Multiple volunteer Activity Centre Councils that develop content and establish policies to support:
    • the design and delivery of training programs through the Society’s 500 community-based Affiliate Members.
    • the design and delivery of public education that modifies at-risk behaviour to eliminate drowning and water-related injury.
    • the establishment of safety standards that help aquatic facility owners maximize public safety.
    • annual championships organized by the Society as the governing body for lifesaving sport – a sport recognized by the IOC and Commonwealth Games Federation.
    • 37 geographical areas led by volunteer chairs who support the Society’s affiliate and individual members.
The Lifesaving Society Ontario operates subsidiary activities including:
  • Lit Trust: a national publisher that provides literature required to support the Society's programs.
  • Drowning Prevention Research Centre: a federally incorporated charity that provides drowning and water incident research in Canada.
  • Lifeguard Depot.com: an online merchandise company that sells rescue and training equipment.
  • Support services: to provincial/territorial Lifesaving Society Branches and to Caribbean lifesaving organizations.

The Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and financial growth of the Society according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director:
  • Provides leadership and advice to the Board of Directors and senior staff to ensure a shared vision and strategic direction.
  • Leads a team of highly motivated professional staff.
  • Initiates sound business practices for the long-term benefit of the Society.
Major challenges for the Executive Director include:
  • Ensuring the financial sustainability of the Society while developing income streams to grow the organization.
  • Developing the professional staff capacity required to achieve the Society's goals.
  • Maintaining productive relationships with the Society’s national organization and the Society’s provincial/territorial Branches.
For details, please refer to Executive Director Job Description.

Salary and Benefits

Salary starts at $124,000 annually and moves to $140,000, earned on the basis of successful annual performance reviews.  The position includes a comprehensive benefit plan, including:
  • Standard government managed benefits.
  • Vacation and Leave from work.
  • Healthcare.
  • Financial and Wellness planning.

Required Qualifications


Experience and qualifications

The following are required:
  • Working experience with the Lifesaving Society’s community-based delivery system.
  • Five years minimum not-for-profit work experience in a management position that includes organizational leadership, and financial and human resource management.
  • Willing and able to work a full-time workweek and, as required, evenings and weekends.
  • Willing and able to travel on Lifesaving Society business.
  • Acceptable criminal record check and vulnerable sector check.
The following will enhance the applicant’s ability to perform the job:
  • Experience working with and getting work done through volunteers.
  • University degree or College diploma or suitable equivalent.
  • Functional oral French and English language skills.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Valid Ontario Class G (or equivalent) Driver’s Licence in good standing with a reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.

Contact Information

Submit applications or inquires in confidence to: EDjob@lifeguarding.com by March 8, 2019.

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