Children's Aid Foundation helps vulnerable kids across Canada overcome the obstacles in life that hold them back

The Children’s Aid Foundation is a national fundraising organization committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children across Canada. Within our four pillars of prevention, enrichment, healing and recovery and education, we fund numerous programs through child welfare organizations across the country. Our initiatives meet the immediate and urgent needs of at risk children and youth, and afford them a brighter future that, ultimately, strengthens our communities. With more than 300,000 children at risk of abuse and neglect in Canada, our support is critical in giving them hope, confidence and opportunity.


Working at the Foundation is a little like being part of an extended family. Stationed downtown, just north of Bloor and Spadina in the heart of Toronto’s historic Annex district, the Children’s Aid Foundation staff is a highly committed team of professionals who are dedicated to delivering excellence and maximizing the social value of donations and volunteer contributions to child welfare in Canada.


With opportunities to volunteer at and attend our signature and partnership events, we are determined to work together to create the largest impact for each and every young person in the child welfare system. Incorporating insight from our Young Person’s Advisory Council, a group comprised of former young people in care, when you join the Foundation team you will not only be helping to build enriching experiences for others, but in your own life too.

Job openings

Chief Operating Officer

Reports to: President and CEO
Team Size: Two Direct Reports, total team of 10

Do you want to become a key member of the executive team at one of the leaders in the not-for-profit sector? Do you have senior leadership experience and operational expertise in the formulation of long term strategic vision? Are you a disciplined and focused thought leader who can build consensus and shared perspective? Do you have experience and success in delivering financial targets and have you developed strategic plans and managed annual operating budgets? Do you have a reputation for being a strong mentor and team collaborator? Do you excel at developing and leveraging relationships across a diverse range of operating styles - board members, committee members, local and National partners (and some government), donors and volunteers? Do people describe you as high energy with business acumen, curiosity and sensitivity towards others?

Are you open to an opportunity where you can leverage your experience to the cause of child rights? Do you have a strong moral compass, and a very pragmatic approach? Do you want to work with a team of people who are some of the best and brightest in the not for profit sector?

The Foundation
The Children’s Aid Foundation (CAF) is Canada's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. As an ally and advocate they help remove the barriers that limit the potential of children who have experience or are at risk of experiencing abuse, neglect and abandonment. CAF provides access the opportunities these children need to becoming contributing members of society who enjoy healthy relationships of their own.

The Foundation has an ambitious agenda for growth and is currently in the last half of a national campaign for child welfare, which will bring long term growth and funding stability to child welfare programs in Toronto and select markets across the country. Staff members (30+) are a dynamic and highly committed team of professionals who are dedicated to delivering excellence and maximizing the social value of donations and volunteer contributions to child welfare in Canada.

The numbers are shocking: 76,000 kids across the nation live in foster homes, residential facilities, and supervised care. Their parents have been unable to care for them; they may have been victims of violence, sexual and drug abuse, and experienced insurmountable poverty. With more than 250,000 children at risk of abuse and neglect in Canada, CAF’s support is critical in giving them hope, confidence and opportunity.

The young people served have never been given a chance to believe in themselves, and they have led lives that most of us cannot even begin to imagine. The programs funded by the Children’s Aid Foundation give hope where none would otherwise exist. They bridge the gap between what the government can provide and what these children need to heal and become healthy adults.

Since its founding over $100 million has been raised to assist over 1 million children and youth; in 2016 CAF granted over $8 million in life-changing and innovative programs across the country. Working with over 64 child welfare agencies across the country, and supporting its partner; they fund Canada’s most innovative programs and services.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018/2019 in child welfare, the Foundation is Canada's premier national child welfare charity. The CAF imagines a future where the children and youth they serve have the strength and resilience to create a lifetime of their own unstoppable successes.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer will oversee strategic planning implementation, grant & administration, impact measurement, finance, information technology and human resources. The new COO will work closely with the CEO to develop a highly impactful and outcomes-focused strategic plan and, partnering alongside a strong peer group, will be accountable for its implementation.

The COO will ensure that essential business building blocks such as operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems/design are optimized to achieve desired results and ensuring that CAF has the capacity to deliver on the ambitious goals for growth.

This role is highly unique in that it combines strategic and operational accountabilities and strong collaborative leadership to influence cultural transformation. This role will appeal to an accomplished executive who is a proven strategic thinker with change management experience. The candidate will have experience managing budgets, overseeing risk management, imparting KPI’s and delivering against revenue targets in a growth minded organization.

The organization is in a transitional and growth phase, it is not a static organization satisfied with its current level of success which is what makes this opportunity very exciting for a ‘change agent’.

Key Relationships:
Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer
Peers: VP Marketing & Communications
Direct Reports: Sr. Director of Finance & Administration and Director Grants & Programs
Other Key Stakeholders: Board, Local and National Partners, Donors, Volunteers, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Management Team

Ideal Candidate
Our successful candidate is a role model with a can-do attitude. Prepared to roll up their sleeves to get things done and inspire others to do the same. A team player who leads by example, and finds reward in helping others to grow and succeed. Adaptable in style and approach, willingly to share experience, guidance, and advice. Respectful and highly collaborative, the successful candidate will be an open-minded colleague who seeks out and listens to the ideas and opinions of other staff, donors, volunteers and partners.

• Working closely to partner and support the CEO in the development of the strategic plan, own accountability for its implementation by developing a balanced scorecard, engaging the senior team to support and own specific objectives to achieve long term sustainability
• Advising the CEO and members of the senior leadership team on a range of key strategic, business and operational issues
• Play a major role in strategy related to developing National Partnership Framework
• Support the CEO’s work to enable her to focus on revenue generation and external responsibilities
• Work closely with peers to assess and allocate resources across the organization, including finance, HR and technology, enabling the senior team to take on an active role in annual and long-range financial management
• Establish policies & processes which promote the CAF teams culture and vision
• Oversee risk management and corporate compliance
• Executive leadership support for Finance, Data & Grants
• Support Investment Fund and Fund Raising Strategies for growth and sustainability
• Develop the HR plan and implementation (including recruiting, hiring and retention practices, compensation, employment contracts, performance review process and general HR policies)
• Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
• Support key initiatives of the Board of Directors, committees and task forces as required

Key Selection Criteria
A proven track record as a COO, President/GM with P&L responsibility; this includes involvement in strategy formulation and implementation, leadership direction and operational insight;

Has built successful coalitions and partnerships;

Successfully recruited, developed and retained top talent;

Someone who will be seen by others as a team player and trusted leader who is relied upon to get things done, and can constructively challenge existing norms and operations, identifies closely with, and is clearly committed to, the achievement of CAF’s overall mission;

Demonstrated an interest and understanding of neglected, vulnerable kids and the support they need to reinvent their lives.

Competencies and Skills
• Disciplined and strategic thought leader who can build consensus
• Excellent organization, planning and project management and negotiation skills, as well as a personality that engages the respect of executives at all levels of an organization
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written with sufficiently low ego to encourage others to speak publicly
• A doer – a practical mindset that allows this individual to focus his/her energy on achieving clear and specific goals, developing talent and motivating individuals to achieve at their highest possible level
• A hands-on executive who naturally gains support as a trusted advisor with the demeanor, business maturity, intellect and integrity required to establish immediate credibility and influence, and
• Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance results to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

• Relevant post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, ideally a CPA, MBA or LLB designation
• A minimum of 20 years of relevant experience in a professional, corporate environment
• Charitable sector experience is an asset and in particular working with boards

If you are looking for an outstanding challenge, working with a great team for one of the most impactful non-profit organizations in Canada, then we’re interested in hearing from you. Apply now. Please forward a current resume, with covering letter, detailing how your qualifications match this opportunity, to Cathy Preston at at

Finance Officer

Department: Finance and Administration
Reports to: Senior Manager, Finance and Database

Purpose of the Position
The effectiveness, accuracy and use of the donor database and financial systems are essential and are significant components to the success of the Foundation’s management.The main purposes of the Finance Officer position are to ensure data is recorded appropriately and to report meaningful information for decision making, performance measurement, compliance, reconciliation and taxation.

Overall responsibilities of this position include:
• to proactively maintain and maximize the use of Financial Edge to support the Foundation’s growth objectives
• to support the Senior Manager, Finance Database in preparing the Foundation’s financial statements after reconciling accounts, recording transactions and producing reports.

Key Responsibilities include the following:
• Use software tools to produce reports to meet the needs of the Foundation team, including management, and other external parties, as required.
• Work closely with Finance Clerk and Database Administrator position to help ensure each position’s reporting and gift entry responsibilities are managed with accuracy and the position has a service-oriented approach. Ensure all coding in Raisers Edge corresponds with Financial Edge.
• Reconciles transactions by comparing and correcting data.
• Maintains database by entering, verifying, and backing up data.
• Responsibility for all aspects of Accounts Payable administration
• Perform financial activities related to the issuance of monthly financial statements, which include:
      • Support the Senior Manager, Finance and Database and the Senior Director of Finance and Administration in reconciling monthly investment manager statements and record transactions in Financial Edge general ledger.
      • Reconcile all other asset, liability (including grants), income and expense accounts and record monthly transactions.
      • Produce draft financial statements for Senior Manager’s and Director’s review and approval.
• Support the annual audit as required.
• Support the Senior Manager and Senior Director in managing endowment funds.
• Increases productivity by developing automated accounting applications; coordinating information requirements.
• Protects operations by keeping financial information confidential.
• Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing publications.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
• As the Foundation is a fundraising organization, it is anticipated that all positions participate in certain foundation events.
• Other duties as required.

Competencies and Skills
• Must be very detail-oriented with excellent analytical skills and able to deliver against tight timelines.
• Must be solution-driven with a constant desire to make things more effective and efficient.
• Should be service-oriented and professional with all levels of staff and external stakeholders.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• Excellent organization and coordination skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Goal setting and achievement oriented

• Two years of post-secondary education with business/accounting training or acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.
• A minimum of two years of relevant experience with donor databases, financial systems and spreadsheet software, preferably with Raiser’s Edge, Crystal Reports, Financial Edge and Excel
• Must have a good understanding of CRA guidelines for income tax receipting
• Able to manage competing deadlines

Hours of work
• Regular office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
• Occasional evenings and weekends during busy periods
• Vacation restrictions during busy periods

Please forward a current resume, with covering letter in one single document, detailing how your qualifications match this opportunity, to and include "Finance Officer" in the subject line of your email.

We thank all candidates for their interest in the work of Children’s Aid Foundation; but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.

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