President-CEO, CCIC

Date of Publication: 
March 8, 2018
Application Deadline: 
March 23, 2018
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
Brief Description: 


The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development.  CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.


The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (the Council) is looking for a new President-CEO to lead Canada’s preeminent coalition of voluntary organizations working globally to end poverty, promote social justice, and achieve sustainable human development.

As CCIC celebrates its 50th year anniversary, establishes a new five-year strategic plan and enjoys an unprecedented level of support from its membership, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to lead the organization and the sector through the next exciting phase of its collective work.  You will serve as a key public voice for the sector with government and the media on issues of global poverty, aid and international cooperation, the role of civil society globally, Canada’s role in the world, and the health of the sector.

With an operational budget of over $1.8M and a staff of 15 employees, you will lead and oversee the development and implementation of the Council’s programs and activities.  You will actively engage and involve member organizations in the work of the Council and facilitate and support cooperation and collaboration among member organizations.  You will drive efforts to secure the funding necessary to meet the Council’s goals and expand its program of activities.

The Council is looking for a highly dynamic and visionary President-CEO who has proven leadership and management abilities, is an effective communicator, and has a track record of being a consensus, team and coalition builder.  Strong interpersonal and networking skills will contribute to your success at building relationships with key stakeholders.  The abilities to be innovative and resourceful, seize opportunities and understand the sector and its challenges are critical.

We are searching for a leader who is able to think strategically, articulate a vision for the sector, and inspire others to contribute to this vision.

The President-CEO works in close partnership with the Board of Directors to establish strategic directions and organizational policies.  The President-CEO has overall responsibility and accountability for the effective management of CCIC and the fulfilment of its mission, strategic directions and objectives. The President-CEO is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with members, government officials, and other stakeholders, and acts as a principal spokesperson for the Council.

The Council is headquartered in Ottawa.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Council’s programs, ensuring that the programs and services offered by the Council contribute effectively to the achievement of its mission, strategic directions and objectives, and reflect the priorities of the board and membership.
  • Conduct analyses of the Canadian and global environment in which the Council and its members operate, identifying key issues and challenges facing the Council and the international co-operation and voluntary sectors in Canada and globally, and working with members and staff to develop strategies for addressing these challenges and position the Council as a key resource to the sector.
  • Develop, lead and motivate a team of staff and volunteers, and oversee human resources management functions, including the development and implementation of human resource policies, procedures and practices and maintaining a good relationship with the Union.
  • Secure sufficient funding to achieve the Council’s strategic directions and objectives, and oversee the financial affairs of the Council, including the development and management of an annual budget. Such resource acquisition will include fundraising.
  • Cultivate and maintain effective relationships and communications with member organizations, funders and donors, peer organizations, government officials, and political representatives/ministers and their staff.
  • Anticipate when key issues arise that impact a critical mass of member agencies, and convene the necessary ad hoc committees and working groups, while brokering different approaches and policy views of the membership.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of effective communications, public and media relations strategies.
  • Act as chief staff spokesperson for the Council, representing the collective interests of the sector with the media, members, other national coalitions, the federal government and other key public institutions.
  • Represent the Canadian INGO civil society sector with other national and international like-minded entities.
  • Ensure that the Council is meeting its statutory responsibilities, effectively manages risk, operates with a high level of integrity, and abides by the Council’s Code of Ethics.
  • Provide advice and support to the Board of Directors, including supporting the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the Council, supporting the development and interpretation of policy, and providing accurate, complete and timely information to the board, enabling it to discharge its obligations and meets its governance and legal responsibilities.



The Council requires an individual that has the following knowledge, experience, skills and abilities, and has a passion for issues of global poverty, social justice, human rights, and the role of civil society globally.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in progressively senior roles, preferably in the not-for-profit sector.
  • At least three to five years of proven experience and effectiveness in a senior leadership role.
  • A successful record of accomplishment as a consensus, team and coalition builder with a wide range of stakeholders and member-based organizations.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the Canadian international development and humanitarian cooperation sector that is working to end global poverty, promote social justice, and achieve sustainable development.
  • An understanding of the diversity of the above sector in size and approaches.
  • A successful record of accomplishment in navigating high-level government relations.
  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills.
  • Successful evidence in securing funding from different sources and developing relationships with donors.
  • Knowledge and experience in financial management and budgeting.
  • Proven experience working in governance and working with Boards of Directors.
  • Experience working with Membership organizations.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment would be an asset.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to imagine and articulate a vision for the sector and inspire others around this vision.
  • A strategic and innovative thinker who sees and seizes opportunities.
  • Strong relationship building, partnership and networking skills.
  • Ability to broker and facilitate constructive dialogue amongst diverse parties and stakeholders.
  • Ability to motivate, support, coach and mentor a dynamic team of committed professionals.
  • An experienced and effective communicator with strong public speaking capacity with diverse audiences.
  • Highly developed analytical skills.
  • Fluent bilingualism (English and French) is a requirement for the role; other languages would be considered an asset.

The President-CEO must be available to travel in Canada and internationally.

Please click here to apply.

CCIC Secretariat Ottawa , ON