Chief Executive Officer

Nurses are the very backbone of the Canadian healthcare system, and often the first and most frequent point of contact for anyone experiencing health issues in the country. Throughout the COVID pandemic, nurses have been there through the toughest times in the most challenging situations, to serve and support Canadians.  Their professionalism in providing the most current evidence-informed care is driven by knowledge, education, and research, and that is where the Canadian Nurses Foundation comes in.  CNF provides scholarships to promising nursing students and to nurses at all educational levels and funds nurse-led research that drives quality and efficacy of patient care.  Celebrating its 60th anniversary, CNF supports world-class Canadian health care by raising funds to advance nursing knowledge and research, and by recognizing professional merit in Canada’s nurses and investing in nursing excellence for better patient care. CNF has awarded over 2,000 nursing scholarships and invested $10+million in educational scholarships and $9+million in nurse-led research.

CNF is now looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to build the future foundation for the organization against the backdrop of post-pandemic recovery, nursing shortages, and high demand for resources by a multitude of organizations.  Within this uncertain context, CNF is looking to challenge its traditional ways of operating, and strategically diversify and grow its funding base.  Working with a team of three and a budget of $1.3 million, the CEO will build on CNF’s successes while driving forward to identify and capitalize on areas for growth.  Corporate partnerships, innovative donor campaigns, and building a broader awareness of the value and complexity of nursing are among the short and midterm objectives of CNF. A compelling storyteller and strategist, the CEO will bring innovative approaches to capitalizing on the impact nurses have in the healthcare system and communities in Canada to drive revenue generation to further fund and support the next generation of nursing leaders and, in turn, drive the quality of care in Canada.

As an ideal candidate, you are a dynamic and strategic fundraising or community leader with a passion for nursing and the role that nurses play in the Canadian healthcare system. You are innovative and creative and have a demonstrated track record in delivering growth and results for your organization.  Able to foster strong relationships, you understand how to leverage partner organizations to effectively connect with target audiences. You excel at identifying key funding opportunities and developing strategic funding alliances and partnerships within the public and private sectors, including nursing, health and other not-for-profit organizations, government funding agencies, foundations, and corporations. Bilingualism in both official languages of Canada is preferred. This can be a remote role, located anywhere in Canada.

Canadian Nurses Foundation  is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Canadian Nurses Foundation  throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.