The Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity is a national, non-profit, cross-sector collaboration of community and corporate leaders, working together to transform the youth workforce development ecosystem. We are new, dynamic and fast-growing in the youth workforce development landscape.
We aim to drive the transformation and change needed to facilitate smoother integration of youth into the labour market reducing barriers and ensuring all young people have the opportunity to thrive. We know success requires collaboration, together with our partners, we are driving innovation, building solutions, delivering thought leadership and implementing programming to support the youth workforce.
The Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity is funded by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada, Youth Employment Skills Strategy.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has strategic responsibility for the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity. A successful Executive Director supports the growth of this dynamic organization, amplifying our impact and influence by building and maintaining an extensive network across the national eco-system. Fostering relationships and partnerships with Council members, thought leaders, funders, service providers, research organizations and governments to identify and capitalize on opportunities. An advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity ensuring the work of CCYP is youth-centric and maximizes opportunities for youth to co-create solutions.
The following are the high-level responsibilities associated with the role.
Strategic Planning and Ecosystem Development
- Develop the organization’s strategic plan and target outcomes in conjunction with the CCYP board, implementing strategies and providing direction to the organization to ensure the achievement of strategic plan and outcomes.
- Use a deep and nuanced understanding of the national workforce development ecosystem to identify emerging needs and proven best practices, harness the reach of CCYP to amplify these findings and identify new opportunities.
- Use quantitative and qualitative data to ensure that the board, Council and team are continually focused on the highest impact activities.
- Establish a disciplined approach to set and measure tangible outcomes for all activities, projects and deliverables including a regular review of key metrics for the youth workforce development ecosystem and our impact on them
Partnerships and Relationships
- Foster a national network of partners and relationships to maintain a strong understanding of the current state, identify and amplify emerging best practices with a focus on those solutions co-created with youth.
- Participate in a variety of external committees, partnerships and councils acting as a trusted partner and expert to further the thought leadership, innovation and collaboration across the country.
- Secure partners and funding for new initiatives and projects with a focus on sufficient revenue generation to ensure CCYP’s impact continues to grow into the future.
Research and Communications
- Act as a champion and spokesperson for CCYP including providing interviews to various publications and participating on panels and informational interviews.
- Keep abreast of national events, relevant policy and practice changes, op-eds and research publications.
- Bring a deep understanding of the external landscape to direct the research of CCYP ensuring a focus on highest opportunity areas that align to needs in ecosystem and the CCYP strategic plan and programs.
- Work closely with the communications team to amplify the impact of CCYP including proactively identify opportunities for participation in speaking engagements, advisory panels and media (print, radio, TV).
- Lead the team ensuring a strong culture of inclusion and accountability ensuring all employees receive performance feedback and development opportunities to grow and thrive.
- Foster a human capital development and “coaching” culture.
- Take overall accountability for the governance and operations of CCYP working closely with the Board, Council, and CCYP team acting as the first point of contact to liaise with Board; attends Board meetings.
- 10+ years of leadership experience in not-for-profit or role related to the workforce development eco-system.
- Exceptional relationship and networking-building skills.
- Strong knowledge of government systems and process particularly relating to funding with direct experience obtaining and preparing funding proposals.
- Experience in working directly with youth and in a national organization beneficial.
- Established network of leaders and influencers across workforce development eco-system The ability to communicate in both official languages is considered an asset
Interested candidates should submit their résumé and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or solicitation, please. We thank all candidates who apply, however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.