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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights

Executive Director

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in more than 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women’s rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor.

Together, we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and their entire communities. That’s why we believe that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights.

Oxfam Canada offers a generous compensation and benefits program but, more than that, we offer the opportunity to be a part of our global movement for change. If you advocate for gender equality, are passionate about women’s rights and share our values of Empowerment, Accountability and Inclusiveness – we want you on our team!

October 15, 2019

Executive Director's Office

Full-time, 5-year term

Ottawa, Ontario

Executive Director


Starting Date: January 2020
Duration: 5-year term


The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and direction, driving performance and promoting innovation and learning while ensuring financial health and compliance with Oxfam’s ethics and standards. The Executive Director provides inspiration and leadership to achieve the mission of Oxfam Canada and creates an environment which encourages a positive cohesive team culture, progressive management and continuous improvement.

In collaboration with the Board, Senior Management Team and staff, the Executive Director develops the strategic direction of the organization and ensures its responsive and responsible management. The Executive Director ensures OCA is accountable to people living in poverty, as well as to its members, donors, funders and the public. The Executive Director also represents OCA on the Executive Board of Oxfam International and to government, media and key stakeholders.

The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Oxfam Canada Board and supervises the Senior Management Team and an Executive Assistant.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Provides strategic leadership for the achievement of OCA’s mission, providing leadership and advice to the
    Board and Management Team in setting strategic direction and ensuring delivery of OCA’s strategic goals.
  • Develops and implements a strategic plan and annual operating plans and budgets within the parameters set
    by the Board and within the framework of the Oxfam International and Oxfam Canada Strategic Plans.
  • Supports and advises the Board in their governance responsibilities, assuring effective systems for defining and
    reporting on performance and regular and reliable reporting on risk management, compliance and
  • Collaborates with Oxfam-Québec’s Executive Director to increase impact, influence, efficiency and
    effectiveness in support of the Oxfam International Strategic Plan.
  • Contributes to the leadership and direction of Oxfam International, promoting its shared culture, joint
    influencing and One Program approach.
  • Promotes a culture of high performance, learning and continuous improvement, ensuring accountability to
    stakeholders and to Oxfam International.


  • Provides effective management to achieve high-quality outcomes that deliver OCA’s strategic plan and assure
    its financial health.
  • Builds an effective and cohesive Management Team through mentoring, motivating and collaboration,
    providing guidance, support and coaching to help them fulfil their strategic objectives.
  • Ensures execution of OCA’s operational plan within budget, in accordance with agreed financial and
    non-financial performance indicators.
  • Ensures operational alignment and cross-team collaboration and coherence.
  • Ensures effective planning, resourcing, quality control and financial management.
  • Ensures effective processes are in place for monitoring, reporting, knowledge management and identification
    of strategic priorities.
  • Ensures effective risk management, including reputational, brand and financial risks, and adherence to policies
    that safeguard the security, health and safety of staff.
  • Ensures recruitment and retention of suitably qualified staff.
  • Ensures OCA is an employer of choice, through effective development and performance management
    systems, policies and practices that provide opportunities for staff to learn and develop their skills, positive and
    transparent relations with the union, and development of a supportive and high performing culture.
  • Ensures OCA complies with all legal, fiscal and other compliance requirements and all relevant codes of

External Communications and Representation:

  • Ensures OCA takes a strategic approach to relationship management, in support of the organization’s mission
    and strategic objectives.
  • Represents OCA effectively to public audiences, through key events, the media, public meetings and written
  • Ensures effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including high-level donors, strategic allies,
    government officials, private sector leaders and opinion shapers.
  • Ensures external communications are credible, accurate and in accordance with OCA’s brand position, strategy
    and values.
  • Represents OCA internationally and within the Oxfam confederation.


  • Senior management experience leading the development and ensuring effective delivery of an organizational
  • A track record of success in leading an organization, or a significant function in a larger organization. This
    -successfully leading, managing and motivating teams, with a high degree of self-awareness and
    understanding of how to support team performance and individual development;
    -experience managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of internal
    and external stakeholders, across diverse disciplines, cultures and contexts;
    -senior-level financial management experience;
    -experience managing risk in an international context;
    -experience in evaluation and promoting high performance;
    -experience in working with and reporting to a volunteer Board or governance group.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment; including previous experience or knowledge related to the
    collective bargaining process.
  • Strong experience of advocacy and influencing with senior government officials, private sector leaders and
    public opinion shapers.
  • Experience in managing a marketing/fundraising operation, preferably in a not-for-profit setting and the ability
    to maximize institutional fundraising.
  • Experience and demonstrated innovation in programming, mobilizing and influencing.
  • Experience with media, including social media, in promoting social change.
  • Experience with international and/or humanitarian programming, including working with large institutional
    donors. Knowledge of contracting processes.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of the complex factors driving poverty, inequality, unequal gender relations,
    marginalization and vulnerability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender justice, feminist principles and the interests of marginalized people.
  • Understanding of, and an ability to operate effectively in the dynamic and challenging political environment in
    which Oxfam operates.
  • Understanding of the ethics and codes of practice relevant to international development and humanitarian
  • Experience representing an organization at a senior level – with civil society, partners, government agencies,
    private sector and/or donors; an ability to act as a broker to facilitate or build effective relationships among
    these groups.
  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent commensurate experience
  • Excellent English, French fluency preferred; Spanish is an asset.


The Executive Director is expected to undertake six or more weeks of travel each year to support Oxfam staff and offices, to monitor operational activity and outcomes, participate in key meetings that contribute to Oxfam International’s work and attend meetings of the Oxfam Executive Board. This includes travel to areas that may be subject to civil conflict, natural disasters or social unrest.

To apply for this role, please prepare your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (one page) that summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Both files should be submitted as Word documents via this form www.mis.tl/CV.

After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation. If you do not receive this or have general
questions about submitting your application, please write to moc.t1575864753nelat1575864753noiss1575864753im@yr1575864753iuqne1575864753.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and
others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

Important Note:
All offers of employment are conditional upon signing our strict code of conduct, subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for Oxfam Canada.

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