Executive Director- Job Posting


Title- Executive Director

Full time position.

About CEE:

 The CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals (CEE) is a Toronto based non-profit serving Black youth (18 – 29 years old). CEE advances the economic and social development of Black youth facing multiple barriers to employment. We achieve career development and job readiness using holistic, person-centered and culturally relevant programs and services. Our vision is a society and economy in which Black youth achieve financial prosperity and a high quality of life for themselves and their families. We achieve this in collaboration with Black youth, their families, employers and the broader community. Over the last 4 years CEE has graduated over 100 youth from our intensive 6-8 month programs and served 2000 individuals at events. We are a small but dynamic community based organization, moving from the start-up phase into becoming an established community asset.

Scope and responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors and in accordance with governance policies, the Executive Director leads the implementation of CEE’s values, vision and mission to achieve the goals of the organization through effective and efficient management.  This includes working with the Board to develop organizational strategy and policies as well as having overall leadership responsibility for organizational structure, programs, operations, staff recruitment and development, financial management, advocacy work, funder relations and managing the Centre’s reputation with partners and stakeholders. The Executive Director represents the organization in the broader community, develops and sustains relationships, and is an advocate for those it serves.  They also play a critical role in setting strategic direction for CEE’s programs and providing leadership during crisis situations. An important role will be securing resources for the program.  This will include sourcing direct grants/gifts and government funding.  They will need to use a variety of strategies/tactics as well as leverage key influencers in those efforts

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Implement the vision of a holistic, integrated, community-based model for Black youth to achieve career success, education and empowerment;
  • Identify and develop processes, programs and resources (funding, staffing, volunteer activities, partnerships and facilities) to respond to the needs of our members, Black youth facing multiple barriers to employment;
  • Secure funding to meet the requirements of current efforts and build on those successes;
  • Advise and support the Board of Directors in its various roles including determining strategy, setting organizational priorities, developing policies, providing financial oversight and demonstrating accountability to stakeholders and the community;
  • Ensure necessary administrative and management systems and controls are in place for CEE to be in regulatory compliance with applicable legislation, funder policies, contractual obligations, partner commitments, accounting standards, risk management procedures and good governance practices;
  • Ensure sound financial management including aligning strategic and operating plans, establishing annual operational and budget planning cycles, conducting financial forecasts, reporting to the Board on CEE’s financial position, initiating external audits and obtaining qualified people to manage the organization’s financial affairs;
  • Recruit, develop, and motivate staff to work as a team and be responsive to Black youth in CEE programs by establishing appropriate job functions, effective internal resources and tools, inclusive workplace policies and fair compensation practices
  • Build a work-place culture within CEE that is in line with our values, fosters cultural competency and promotes wellness and self-care for all staff, with a particular focus of those doing frontline work
  • Recommend, develop and implement procedures to ensure the effectiveness and efficacy of CEE programs and services;
  • Build strategic partnerships within the community, non-profit sector, key industry sectors, governments, unions, foundations, private businesses and educational institutions;
  • Be a visible champion for the organization through effective communication, participating in events and strong relationship building in the community and professional networks.
  • Support the Program Manager in setting the strategic direction for CEE’s core programming and also support in developing solutions to high-risk or crisis situations that may arise



  • The Executive Director have three direct reports – a Program Manager (existing), a Manager of Operations (existing) and a Manager of External Relations (new)
  • Frontline staff that report to the Executive Director’s management team include program facilitators, social workers and an administrative assistant



  • A minimum of five years experience in a senior leadership role in the not-for-profit sector and ideally a minimum of 3 years direct experience in a youth-centered organization serving racialized and marginalized individuals
  • Proven experience in people management, operational and financial management, planning, administration and change leadership;
  • Fundraising capability from a variety of sources. Solid experience eliciting and maintaining funder support combined with strong insights about effective fundraising and sponsorship strategies for non-profits.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong insight about the career challenges of Black youth facing multiple barriers to career development and employment
  • Demonstrated cultural competency in working with this population
  • Demonstrated experience of working within an anti-oppression framework and understanding person centered service delivery and concepts such as harm reduction
  • Knowledge of youth employment initiatives by governments, non-profit agencies, the education sector, industry and foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience building a high functioning team and a positive and inclusive workplace culture.
  • Proven ability to collaborate and develop productive relationships with governments, strategic partners, funders, donors, diverse communities and the media.




  • A graduate degree or equivalent in a field relevant to CEE’s mission.



Contact information:

Sussannah Kelly


DHR International

Adelaide Place

181 University Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M5H 3M7

T: 416-640-1312


Justin Miller

Senior Associate

DHR International

1821 W Maple Rd, Suite 130

Birmingham, MI  48009

T: 248-509-5162




Trevor Wilson

Author & Global Human Equity Strategist

T: 416-368-1968 ext. 400





To apply:

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume in a single Word document to Use the following subject line for your e-mail: YOURNAME Executive Director CEE


Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday June 22, 2018.




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