Chief Executive Officer – Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Be the voice of Hospice Palliative Care in Canada

Lead the advancement of quality Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) through public policy, education, knowledge translation, awareness, and collaboration as Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association’s (CHPCA) Chief Executive Officer.

Chief Executive Officer

Position Summary:
Accountable to the Board of Directors through the Chair, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the senior leader of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). The CEO will provide leadership to the organization to achieve its vision and mission through strategic development and implementation. The CEO directs all aspects of government/community relations and advocacy for advancement of hospice palliative care policy development and advance care planning, funding development, and program planning for education and awareness for diverse audiences across all sectors. The CEO will oversee financial planning and risk management, associated administrative management and reporting. The CEO also provides effective team leadership, management and development.

Management Skills and Leadership Abilities

• An experienced leader with initiative and foresight to anticipate needs of members, stakeholders and the Board as well as issues that may affect all aspects of hospice palliative care in Canada
• Ability to adapt readily to a rapid and changing environment
• Ability to manage and lead staff, organize workload and set priorities
• Problem solving: Applies problem solving process – demonstrating critical thinking and decision-making skills
• Teamwork and collaboration: Ability to motivate a team and lead others toward shared goals and desired outcomes
• Ability to foster professional development while sustaining a productive environment exemplifying integrity, respect, responsibility and inclusivity
• Professionalism: Ability to effectively establish professional working relationships with stakeholders
• Communication: Possesses proven interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing to stakeholders internal and external to the organization.
• Knowledgeable and comfortable with incorporating technology in day to day business activities
• Sound knowledge of human resource management as required when hiring and managing staff; ensuring a collaborative work environment; ensuring that employee working conditions comply with provincial employment legislation; and managing policy development, operational procedures and personnel allocation
• Responsible for overseeing the fundraising activities for the organization which include planning appropriate fundraising strategies that align with accepted fundraising principles, regulations and practices.
• Understanding of the organization’s financial needs, submitting funding proposals and oversight of the organization’s fundraising records

Strategic Planning, Partnerships, Policy Development and Governance
• Lead the development of a multi-year strategic plan along with the Board of Directors
• Set strategic priorities for advocacy, professional and public education and awareness, as well as fund development
• Develop operational goals and strategies within a work plan to be evaluated and revised as necessary based on the approved strategic plan and encompassing organizational values and philosophy
• Oversee the development of a realistic and sustainable fund development plan
• Through external representation and liaison, develop appropriate partnerships
• Maximize advocacy opportunities at the federal level
• Provide leadership in development of opportunities with provincial associations at provincial and municipal levels
• Maintain financial health of organization
• Provide effective team management and development
• Develop policies (external and internal) as needed in conjunction/consultation with Board of Directors
• Plan, organize and ensure that corporate and legal requirements as well as Board directions are achieved
• Build a strong CEO/Board partnership by;
i. Advising the Board of Directors on internal and external issues affecting the accomplishment of the mission, vision and strategic direction of the organization.
ii. Apprising the Board of Directors of significant trends and concerns related to palliative care health-related issues in Canada.

Administrative Responsibilities
• Develop and maintain appropriate organizational structure, processes and records in keeping with Bylaws, regulations and policies
• Be responsible for strong, supportive team leadership and staff development leading to effective functioning of the national office
• Strengthen the level of engagement with provincial organizations by promoting cooperative and collaborative opportunities
• Ensure effective functioning of the national office to include ongoing membership services;
i. Development, promotion and distribution of communications/public relations materials
ii. Management of resource materials and responsiveness to requests for information
• Supervise national projects and contracts on behalf of CHPCA, ensuring that reporting requirements are met, and project activities are completed in a timely and satisfactory manner in keeping with the approved project objectives
• Supports hospice palliative care research projects

Resource Acquisition and Management

• Facilitate financial health of the organization through fund development to achieve goals and maintain records in manner prescribed to meet charitable organizational best practices and accountability
• Prepare annual budgets, complete risk analysis and advise the Board of Directors with regard to investment risk and return
• Ensure a donor recognition program is in place
• Actively seek out fund development opportunities through grants, individual and corporate donations, partnerships and sponsorships

External Liaison and Representation
• Represent CHPCA and hospice palliative care nationally and internationally
• Encourage and maintain relationships with palliative care organizations at local, regional and provincial levels
• Actively seek out opportunities to enhance CHPCA’s reputation and involvement in hospice palliative care advocacy across Canada
• Establish and maintain liaisons with other national voluntary health-related organizations
• Respond to and/or prepare briefs and presentations on behalf of the Association, seeking consultation and/or research assistance as indicated

Qualifications for this Position

  • Graduate degree, preferably in business or health care
  • Leadership experience in a not-for-profit setting
  • Minimum five to ten years related work experience in the field of business, advocacy, public relations, fund development and/or project management
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors combined with a strong knowledge of governance principles and practices
  • Fluency in both official languages required
  • Experience in the field of hospice palliative care would be an asset

To apply in confidence please send resume to by July 24, 2020.