Job Posting – Executive Director – West Island Palliative Care Residence

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is the largest freestanding palliative care facility in Canada, recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader and center of excellence in palliative care. Over the past 17 years, the Residence has cared for over 4,500 patients and 17,000 family members.


The Executive Director (ED), in partnership with the Boards, is responsible for setting and overseeing the implementation of the strategic direction, philosophy and vision of the Residence and of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care (Institute).  Supported by a Leadership Team responsible for managing the daily operations of the Residence and the Institute, the ED is accountable for the organization’s delivery of best-in-class palliative care services, continuous quality improvement, fiscal performance and attaining fundraising objectives, risk management, service offering development, positive community relations, donor stewardship and partnerships and compliance with relevant legislation and standards.


Strategic Leadership: In partnership with the Board of Directors, develops a vision and strategic plan to guide the organizations’ (Residence and Institute) operational goals, direction and philosophy; ensures the effective implementation of the mission, vision, culture and values of the organization
Organizational Leadership:  An inspirational leader, internally and externally; operationalizes the vision & strategic direction; represents the organization to external partners, donors, and stakeholders; oversees the supply of quality, effective and efficient palliative care services
Fundraising and Donor Development: Ensures the development and optimization of key fundraising strategies and related initiatives and best practices; leverages first class donor stewardship skills to develop key long-term relationships and secure major gifts
Financial Sustainability: Budget planning and high-level monitoring and reporting to the Boards; builds and maintains key relationships with individuals, foundations and government funders; takes a strategic, proactive and systemic approach to external stakeholder management to maintain and enhance our multi-faceted revenue streams and to expand our network to attract new donors
Palliative Care Leadership:  Acts as subject matter expert and visionary in Palliative Care; keeps abreast of, and influences best practices and changes in legislation; educates the organization on Palliative Care; builds and maintains strategic relationships within the Palliative Care community and broader healthcare
environment, locally, nationally and abroad; ensures the organization is at the forefront of Palliative Care and is seen as a thought leader and Centre of excellence in this space
External Relationships:  Builds, strengthens, and maintains strategic relationships with key stakeholders (i.e. government bodies, community partners, associations, etc.) to grow organizational initiatives both internally and externally; acts as key external spokesperson for the Residence


  • University-level education (Bachelor’s or more) in health or social sciences, administration, marketing, finance, or any other related field.
  • A minimum of ten (10-15) years of experience in a leadership position ideally in healthcare
  • Experience in the non-profit sector, an asset
  • Hospice and Palliative Care experience, strongly preferred
  • Demonstrates competent, dynamic, engaging and inspiring leadership
  • Experience leading fundraising events, campaigns and donor stewardship
  • A proven community leader, a natural when motivating and engaging employees and volunteers, as well as an excellent communicator able to bring diverse people and organizations together to achieve common goals
  • Visionary and able to work with abstract thinking to conceptualize ideas and develop action plans
  • Politically savvy, with the ability to develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships
  • Bilingualism – Demonstrated ability to orally communicate and convey a message in both official languages ; written would be an asset
  • Strongly developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead through others and delegate responsibility and accountability to appropriate levels
  • Promotes transparent, open and effective communications


We offer attractive working conditions and benefits:
  • Competitive salary and incentive compensation
  • Full range of group insurance benefits with employer contribution
  • Pension plan with employer contribution
If you or anyone you know is interested in this position, please send your CV to [email protected] no later than October 30, 2019.  Thank you for understanding that we are only able to contact those candidates who are selected for an interview.
About the West Island Palliative Care Residence  The West Island Palliative Care Residence is an independent, non-profit organization that provides services free of charge to patients and their families. The Residence receives one-third of its annual operational budget from the Quebec government and relies on community support and fundraising activities to raise the balance of more than 3.8 million dollars each year. With its 23 beds, the Residence is the largest freestanding palliative care facility in Canada and is recognized as a leader in its field. For more information, go to:
About the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is a branch of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, Canada’s largest freestanding palliative care residence, acknowledged as a leader and centre of excellence for palliative care. Approximately 70 % of Canadians do not have access to comprehensive, quality palliative care. Its mission is to extend the benefits of best-in-class palliative care to as many patients and families as possible through education, knowledge exchange and research. Our ultimate goal is to increase access to palliative care for all Canadians and to continuously improve the quality of the care provided. For more information, go to: Montreal Institute for Palliative Care.
**Please note this is a sponsored job posting**