Application Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017
The MS Society of Canada is seeking a new President & Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization as it moves forward with its renewed strategic framework to accelerate research while continuing with the provision of services to those affected by MS. Reporting to the MS Society Board of Directors, the President & CEO will assume ultimate operational responsibility for programs & services as well as research and financial management accountability of a $53 million budget. The primary focus will be on raising, allocating and spending funds, leading a nation-wide bilingual team of almost 300 staff, and marshalling the resources of an expansive volunteer base of thousands. The President & CEO will serve as the public face and spokesperson of the MS Society domestically and internationally with external groups including donors, policymakers, key influencers in government, corporations, news media, doctors and scientists.
The President & CEO will play a key leadership role in major gift fundraising, as the MS Society continues with its $75 million “endMS: Whatever It Takes” campaign. The President & CEO will be an ex-officio director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation which is closely associated with the Society and has the role of supporting innovative and transformative research in multiple sclerosis beyond the scope of the MS Society of Canada’s regular granting program.
The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Strategic Development: Beyond day-to-day operational leadership, provide vision as it relates to ensuring that the Society is best positioned to fulfill its mission by investing in research that will provide the greatest benefit to individuals affected by MS, offering the best possible programs and services to people affected by the disease and seeking to improve government legislation and policies, private industry practices and/or public attitudes. This will include, but will not be limited to, contributing to the new capital campaign in partnership with the MS Scientific Research Foundation.
• People Leadership: Provide hands on, open and accessible leadership that is decisive yet based on collaboration, and a balanced appreciation for the individual and collective importance of the agendas and priorities of a varied constituency.
• Fundraising: Champion the cause through leadership of the overall fundraising strategy, as well as become deeply involved in soliciting major donors, both individual and corporate, and inspiring continued action through grass roots volunteerism.
• Board Relations: Be alert to new trends in governance; effectively “manage up” to and leverage the Board’s collective assets to drive momentum for the MS Society’s mission, partner with the Board and its committees to ensure uninterrupted and effective operational leadership.
• Internal/External Relations: Serving as the chief representative of and spokesperson for the MS Society in Canada and internationally to policymakers, corporations, donors, physicians and neurologists, scientists, news media, and volunteers, as well as the divisions, chapters, and international affiliates, he/she will be expected to effectively communicate the MS Society’s strategies and progress in order to create a sense of urgency and call to action for key constituencies.
• Operational Management: Ensure that the organization continues to operate with the highest levels of discipline and accountability both at the national and regional levels to support the key drivers of the MS Society’s mission: research, fundraising, services and advocacy. Continuously strengthen and improve processes and procedures where required.
Experience & Credentials
• Significant and progressively more responsible senior leadership and philanthropy experience within a national organization of comparable scope and complexity, in the not-for-profit, public or related private sectors, preferably within the health care sector.
• Proven record of success as an exceptional fundraiser/sales and skilled marketer, ideally encompassing both major gift and campaign fundraising, and broad-based marketing and mass philanthropy, special events and volunteer fundraising engagement.
• Strong national profile and demonstrated success building and influencing relationships across multiple stakeholders such as community partners, senior volunteers, medical researchers, government and key stakeholders.
• Well versed in change management, government, media and community relations.
• Knowledge of or experience with the research landscape.
• Proven successful operational and program/services leadership background with extensive people management and team building experience.
• Solid finance and administrative management skills with experience setting budgets, financial forecasting and reporting, and business planning, including working knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for a not-for-profit organization.
• Experience working with a Board of Directors and strong knowledge of governance principles.
• Experience with, or knowledge of, new and emerging technologies, social media and digital platforms is an asset.
• A university degree, and ideally additional graduate level education in a related field (Health, Science, Medical, Business Administration, Public Policy).
• Fluent bilingualism in French and English would be a significant advantage in this role.
KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of the MS Society of Canada. For more information about this exciting and challenging leadership opportunity, please contact Tara George, Senior Vice President, David Laws, Vice President or Sylvie Battisti, Senior Consultant by email at MSSociety@kciphilanthropy.com
Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter of interest no later than August 11th. All enquiries and nominations will be kept in strict confidence.
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