CEO, York Region Children's Aid Society

Chief Executive Officer

York Region Children’s Aid Society (YRCAS) is a child welfare agency working to ensure more families stay together and that children and youth in care have the support they need to be safe, succeed and thrive. Serving a population of 1.2M people across York Region, YRCAS provides a safety net for the most vulnerable members of society – infants, children, and youth who are at risk of, or experiencing physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The Agency is undergoing an organizational transformation focused on ensuring a healthy, respectful, inclusive, and equitable workplace. YRCAS is seeking an exceptional and bold social services leader who will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and the senior team to lead the vision, strategy and execution of programs, services and operations essential to one of Canada’s fastest-growing and most diverse communities. Central to YRCAS’s commitment to courageous leadership as outlined in the One Vision One Voice strategy, the candidate will be a transformational leader able to act decisively and with intention in the elimination of anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and accelerate anti-oppressive practices within YRCAS.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer leads YRCAS to deliver on its legislative mandate and organizational goals and objectives. Implementing the newly created Work Plan will serve as the priority framework for the incoming CEO. The CEO empowers the leadership team with the authority to make decisions to meet the demands and needs of the community. Working collaboratively with union and non union staff, the CEO sets the tone for the Agency’s corporate culture where employees are valued, heard, and respected. The CEO encourages open communication and is accessible to employees, learning from their experiences and encouraging employees to speak out against injustices and inequities. Visible within the organization and community, the CEO engages with parents, volunteers, and community members to advocate for children and youth and seek out partnerships to strengthen support for those in need.

For this critical leadership role, YRCAS is seeking an exceptional leader and communicator, comfortable in managing change within a sector of critical importance to children, families and their communities. You have successfully led positive change, preferably in the child welfare or social services sector. With a personal commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, you will provide sensitive leadership, mentoring and support to staff. You are a strong relationship builder who will quickly establish credibility with community stakeholders and service delivery partners. You understand the relevant legislation and have the experience to develop measurable goals and performance indicators. You have the skills to manage this large, complex and critical social service agency.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online by June 20, 2021, at https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/17120. For more information, please contact Julia Robarts of Odgers Berndtson at julia.robarts@odgersberndtson.com or 1 866-962-1990 ext. 323.

York Region Children’s Aid Society and Odgers Berndtson are committed to building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment. We believe every member of the team enriches our organization by exposing us to a broad range of ways of understanding and engaging the community and delivering service that is responsive to the unique and intersecting identities of service users. We welcome applications from all candidates who are interested in this opportunity, including women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and who meet the job qualifications.

Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion in recruitment practices is a key aspect of the Odgers Berndtson search process. As part of the application process, there is a voluntary survey, where you can choose to self-identify as a member of a designated group. Any information directly related to you is confidential, and the results will be aggregated for organizational planning, and anonymized unless you specifically consent to self-identify. Please click here to complete the survey and for more information: https://form.jotform.com/211085076029250

York Region Children’s Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and York Region Children’s Aid Society throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.