Chief Administrative Officer - Colleges Ontario

  • Odgers Berndtson
  • Mar 15, 2023
Full time Administrator

Job Description

As Ontario’s association representing the province’s 24 public colleges, Colleges Ontario promotes the college sector’s pivotal role in strengthening the economy by producing graduates with the professional qualifications and expertise to succeed in rewarding careers. Colleges Ontario champions policy measures to enhance the quality of college programs and services and implements province wide marketing and communications campaigns to promote the full range of programs offered to students. Colleges Ontario provides professional development programs for college leaders and hosts various events, including the annual Higher Education Summit, one of North America’s premier conferences on post-secondary education. 

Colleges Ontario seeks a strategic and skilled administrative leader for the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Reporting to the President and CEO of Colleges Ontario, the Chief Administrative Officer provides executive-level leadership and oversight of strategic planning and operations for Colleges Ontario. The portfolio includes financial planning and reporting, human resources, board management, member services, event planning, and program delivery. The Chief Administrative Officer drives organizational excellence and impact through the effective leadership of a highly skilled professional team at Colleges Ontario.

To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate will demonstrate leadership experience in financial planning, budget administration, program planning, and be a creative project manager. The Chief Administrative Officer requires a high degree of collegiality, and collaboration, a track record of successful team engagement and leadership, and familiarity with the organizational needs of a high-profile, member-driven association. Managing ambiguity and developing detailed plans from high-level instruction is critical. It will be essential for the Chief Administrative Officer to possess a solid understanding of governance best practices, preferably in the public or non-profit sector. Experience with organizational service design, including IT systems, will position the next Chief Administrative Officer for success.

Applications are encouraged immediately at Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Julia Robarts and Andrea Patrick of Odgers Berndtson at or 1 866-962-1990.

Colleges Ontario is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. To obtain accommodation, please contact Odgers Berndtson.

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