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Organization Name Rideau Community Health Services RCHS
Industry Health, Community Organizations
City Merrickville
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Title Chief Executive Officer
Organization Overview / Background

Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) is a well-established health and social services provider for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark communities in South East Ontario. RCHS is a non-profit, fully accredited organization that offers primary health care with an emphasis on illness prevention, health promotion, health education and community development. In addition to offering a very diverse range of programs and services, RCHS works as a catalyst for change in collaboration with a wide range of partners to develop healthy communities.

RCHS comprises the Smiths Falls Community Health Centre, the Merrickville and District Community Health Centre and Rideau Valley Diabetes Services. RCHS seeks to organize services in a way that helps people who face barriers to get the help they need when they need it and removes systemic barriers that impact their health outcomes. RCHS has an annual budget of more than $9M and a complement of over 80 dedicated staff as well as many volunteers and active participants from the community. RCHS is a fully accredited Community Health Centre through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). CCA is an independent, Canadian not-for-profit organization offering accreditation specifically tailored to community-based health and social service organization across Canada.

Position / Responsibilities

Following the decision of the current Executive Director to retire after an accomplished tenure of eighteen years, the Board is looking for an outstanding leader with a passion for inclusive and equitable health care and an ability to inspire it in others, who will work collaboratively with funders and community partners to promote health equity and improved access across the communities served. Reporting directly to an engaged Board of Directors and working closely with committed management and dedicated staff, the CEO will be a visionary organizational leader and strategic community partner committed to service excellence, social justice and improved population health for all communities served.

The Chief Executive Officer will model the values of RCHS and lead the organization to successfully implement and achieve its vision and mission. Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing the overall operation of the organization; preparing budget and monitoring expenditures; planning, overseeing and evaluating the health care and health promotion work of the organization; liaising with funders; advocating on behalf of RCHS for a healthy community; providing leadership to the Board, staff and committees; and communicating the organization’s missions and values. The Chief Executive Officer is also responsible for developing internal processes and structures which create and support a culture of innovation and learning across the organization and foster a philosophy of success through teamwork.

Candidate Requirements

Education, Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s level degree from a recognized university in Health Administration, Health Care, Social Work or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 7 or more years of progressive management and leadership experience in a health sector organization in the non-profit or for-profit sectors.
  • Strong knowledge of the health care sector and priorities, directions and chronic disease prevention management strategies with a demonstrated ability to incorporate health promotion determinants of health considerations in program planning.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to health-related not-for-profit organizations.
  • Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to voluntary sector organizations including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, CPP, EI, and health coverage.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
  • Knowledge of human resources management.
  • Knowledge of financial management.
  • Knowledge of project management.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for Word processing, Financial management, Email, Internet.

Key Competencies

  • Inspirational leader, adept at encouraging and supporting innovation and change.
  • Innovative thinker who can find new approaches to addressing issues and concerns at both the organizational and the systems level.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a complex, dynamic and multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Experience of leading and successfully completing capital development projects
  • Knowledge of various government legislation and structure.
  • Strong financial management and budgeting skills.
  • Superior project management skills with proven achievements in relevant areas
  • Proven track record of leading change management projects or initiatives
  • Working knowledge of health system transformation and redesign
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Strong business acumen and philanthropy skills
  • Strong skills in measuring performance and outcomes, quality improvement and design
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Proven ability to develop anti-oppression policies and frameworks
  • Understanding of the impact of social determinants of health on health and wellness
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and nurture relationships within an organization and with government and the for profit and not for profit sectors

Personal Attributes

  • Champion for health equity and social justice
  • Strong advocate for the CHC Model of Health and Wellbeing
  • A passion for individual and family health and wellness
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with community partners and other service providers
  • Mission-focused, strategic and process-minded leader
  • A genuine commitment to employee engagement and leadership development at all levels
  • A passion for service excellence and a strong desire to achieve results
  • Politically astute
  • Open-minded, eager and willing to constantly learn and improve oneself
  • Sense of humour

Key Leadership Qualities

  • Inspirational and motivational leader
  • Personal integrity
  • Strategic thinker
  • Team player and team builder
  • Consensus builder
  • Results oriented
  • Open and transparent
  • Courageous and consistent
  • Flexible and adaptable
Search & Application Process

The closing date for receipt of applications is September 21, 2018. To obtain a complete position profile or to express your interest in this opportunity please call Tony Woolgar at 416 902 2974 or forward a cover letter and your résumé, in complete confidence, to

To learn more about Rideau Community Health Services please visit their web site at

Application Deadline

The Application Deadline is Friday, September 21st, 2018

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