Chief Executive Officer - Carea Community Health Centre

  • Amrop Knightsbridge
  • Nov 29, 2018
Full time CEO

Job Description

Chief Executive Officer - Carea Community Health Centre

Carea Community Health Centre is a non-profit charitable organization providing a variety of free, community programs and services in five locations in the Durham region. In line with the CHC Model of Health and Wellbeing, expert teams work with clients to provide holistic care, support, and wraparound services that empower clients to improve their health and wellness. Carea strives to be accessible to those in the community who face access barriers like culture, gender, geographic isolation, homelessness, language, physical disabilities, poverty and race.

Our name embodies what we do every day – we care.  Caring for the health and wellness of our communities' residents is the cause that unites us. It shapes our thinking and guides our actions.

The Role

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer is the senior leader of Carea, guiding day-to-day management decisions and developing and implementing long- and short-term plans in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission and values. Carea has a current complement of approximately 100 staff, and revenue of approximately $11 million.

In assuming this leadership position, the new CEO will want to focus on the following key priority areas:

  • As a trusted and credible leader, gain the confidence of and manage relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, internal and external;
  • Build culture and staff engagement, aligned to vision, mission and values;
  • Ensure successful completion of labour contract negotiations and development of corresponding HR systems;
  • Ensure staff are best leveraged across all sites to meet the needs of clients;
  • Complete the integration of processes and employ appropriate metrics and reporting;
  • Be an ambassador for Carea, building partnerships with others and promoting the impact of the organization within the community/region and the broader healthcare system;
  • Build relationships with funders – current and prospective – to ensure funding keeps pace with growth;
  • Build fundraising capability;
  • Provide effective support through an open and transparent relationship to a volunteer Board in its fiduciary role as strategic and policy advisor;
  • Work closely with the Board and other stakeholders to refresh Carea’s strategic plan.

Community health is rewarding, meaningful and impactful work. For the new CEO, this is an incredible opportunity to work with committed and passionate people and to lead this new organization forward on its journey to become a leader in innovation, best practices, thought leadership and knowledge/expertise that will not only address the needs of people in the Durham region, but also contribute to the betterment of health for all. 

The Ideal Candidate

Whether from the community health or broader healthcare or relatable social services sectors, the ideal candidate brings the requisite leadership capability and management experience to lead Carea in the development, communication and implementation of strategy and plans to achieve the organization’s mission and goals:

  • Exceptional relationship builder – internal and external; approachable; an engager;
  • A builder of culture;
  • Trustworthy, integrative change manager who provides transparency and clarity during times of ambiguity and uncertainty;
  • Provides clear vision; an effective delegator with appropriate checks and balances; maintains respect through difficult decision-making;
  • Inspirational; collaborative and responsive; good listener; exceptional communicator;
  • Visible, authentic leader; sets the tone but not hierarchical; appreciates grass-roots strengths of a community-based organization; connects well with staff and community;
  • Creative and entrepreneurial – harnessing existing organizational strengths with an eye for innovation and new opportunities;
  • Immerses in community and seeks to understand and embrace its unique characteristics and diversity;
  • Systems thinker who understands and is committed to the important and unique role of CHCs; lives vision, mission and values;
  • Political acumen to work effectively with LHIN, community partners and municipal government;
  • Business and fiscal management skills; data-informed decision maker;
  • Demonstrable skill in overseeing complexity of programming and multiple sites;
  • Experience leading in a unionized environment;
  • Fundraising experience an asset;
  • Understands good governance principles in support of a volunteer Board.

To request a copy of the position profile or to submit your expression of interest for consideration, please contact Chris Sawyer ( / 1-416-640-4312) or Michelle Partipilo ( / 1-416-928-4633).

Job Category

Chief Executive Officer


Durham Region, ON