Executive Director

Overview and Purpose:

The Nightingale Centre is dedicated to providing grief and bereavement support to children, youth, and their families in Guelph and Wellington County who have experienced, or are anticipating, the death of a significant person in their lives — while building a community of courage, hope and resilience.

We are seeking a strategic, passionate, driven and energetic leader for the position of part-time Executive Director to guide the next stage in the development of the organization.

Reporting to an engaged volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director will play a central role in the successful leadership and management of The Nightingale Centre according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors — and is responsible to the Board to develop and deliver programs and services for the benefit of grieving families in the Guelph-Wellington community. The Executive Director’s primary responsibility is to uphold the delivery of the mandate of The Nightingale Centre as outlined in the Strategic Plan and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organization. Responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for The Nightingale Centre, the ED will implement policies established by the Board, providing leadership, direction, and guidance of The Nightingale Centre’s activities. Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of The Nightingale Centre’s operations, the incumbent will serve as an ambassador for The Nightingale Centre, representing the organization to government, other service providers, strategic partners, stakeholders and the public. Other key responsibilities include program development and administration, allowing for the optimal use of organizational finances, staff, and resources as well as financial leadership by managing budgets and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans.

As the Executive Director of The Nightingale Centre, you will provide:

Strategic Leadership

The ED is responsible for:

  • Working with the Board of Directors to periodically review and revise the Strategic Plan of the organization,
  • Deploy staff, financial and volunteer resources to deliver on the Strategic Plan priorities,
  • Report to the Board on the progress towards meeting the priorities,
  • Working with the Board Chair to develop agenda for all Board meetings and to follow-up on decisions reached by the Board.

Operational Leadership

The ED will provide operational leadership by:

  • Hiring and supervising staff, engaging contractors, and working with volunteers to deliver the programs of The Nightingale Centre,
  • Working with the appropriate committees and other designated stakeholders, overseeing the delivery and evaluation of all programs and events of The Nightingale Centre,
  • Developing and delivering effective communications and marketing initiatives to raise awareness of The Nightingale Centre with potential clients, donors and granting organizations,
  • Providing operational support to the committees of the Board,
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with formal and informal partner organizations such as those noted above under Working Relationships.

Financial Oversight

The ED will provide financial oversight by:

  • Preparing the annual operating budget in consultation with the Finance & Audit Committee for approval by the Board,
  • Ensuring all expenditures are within the parameters of the annual budget approved by the Board,
  • Working with The Nightingale Centre Treasurer to ensure proper financial records are maintained and regular updates are available for review by the Board,
  • Ensuring the financial records of the organization are reviewed by a qualified individual after year-end and prior to the organization’s Annual Meeting,
  • Confirming with the Board that all statutory filings have been prepared and submitted in a timely manner, including the Charity t3010 and twice a year HST rebate filing.

Revenue Generation

The ED will develop and implement plans for generating the financial resources to ensure the ongoing delivery of programs and the long-term sustainability of The Nightingale Centre:

  • Working with the Fundraising Committee to develop and implement the annual fundraising plan,
  • Submitting grant proposals to foundations, government agencies and other granting organizations for the funding of specific Nightingale Centre initiatives,
  • Developing annual fundraising campaigns to solicit direct donations from individuals, businesses, and other not-for-profit organizations.

Signing Officer

The ED will be designated by the Board of Directors as one of the signing officers for documents including cheques and other disbursements, contracts and any other documents requiring two signatures.


  • Experience in leading a not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors or a minimum of (5) years management experience
  • Post-secondary degree
  • Experience in the health sector and/or social services field is an asset
  • Previous success and proven experience in fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills, including delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to work independently and build effective interpersonal relationships
  • Results oriented with a focus on time management and attention to detail
  • Professional, accessible and able to work with confidential information with discretion
  • Must provide a complete and current (within six months) Criminal Background Check or be willing to obtain one
  • A reference check will be conducted

Work Environment:

  • Part-time, flexible role working on average 20 hours per week
  • May need to respond to rare after-hours or emergency calls
  • May be required to work some non-standard hours to attend meetings or events
  • Receives minimal supervision with occasional direction
  • Technology package provided
  • Mostly remote work; some travel required for on site meetings with partners
  • Competitive salary

To Apply:

If this sounds like you, we hope you’ll consider joining us. To apply, send your cover letter, outlining how your expertise fits the skill sets outlined above, and your resume to sue@nightingalecentre.org and madison@nightingalecentre.org by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. In accordance with provincial regulations, upon request, support will be provided for accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection, and assessment process.

We thank all who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.