Hiring: Executive Director


The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating, and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents select the very best for young readers. At the heart of our work at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre is our love for the books that get published in Canada each year and our commitment to raising awareness of the quality and variety of Canadian books for young readers. The Board is seeking a new leader to continue the successes of the past, while charting the organization’s further development and evolution in a constantly changing world.

The CCBC is federally incorporated and a registered charity. It has over 500 individual and corporate members across Canada and is led by a twelve-member volunteer board with representation from all constituencies served including writers/illustrators, publishers, book sellers, librarians, and educators, along with business professionals in law, accounting, and human resources. There are currently four full-time (including the ED) and various project staff. The annual budget is around $1.2 million to deliver various programs and services in support of increasing access across the country to Canadian children’s books. Income sources are primarily through major annual contributions from TD Bank Group in support of awards and its annual book giveaway and a range of significant award donors, sponsorships, government grants, earned revenue, and fund raising. The CCBC currently maintains an operating surplus.


The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

General Responsibilities:

1. Board Governance: Work with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Lead the CCBC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively communicate with the Board and provided all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions in a timely and accurate manner.

2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Raise funds and develop other revenues necessary to support the CCBC’s mission.
  • Maintain the fiscal integrity of the CCBC including submitting to the Board the proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource usage and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3. Organization Mission and Strategy: Work with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Implement CCBC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Ensure the CCVC can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future through implementing strategic plans, including understanding the following:
    • Macro environment and emerging issues and trends in our community;
    • The varied goals and needs of members and potential members and their expectations of membership;
    • The current and potential stakeholders and new opportunities for collaboration;
    • Regional representation of programs, membership, and partners across Canada.
  • Enhance the CCBC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, government and private organizations.

4. Organization Operations: Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Hire and retain competent, qualified staff.
  • Effectively administer the CCBC’s operations.
  • Signing authority for all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
  • Strategic planning and implementation.
  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Serve as the CCBC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, members, the media and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance the CCBC’s Mission.
  • Engage in fundraising and developing other sources of revenues.
  • Oversee marketing and other communications efforts to raise the profile of the CCBC.
  • Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  • Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the CCBC.
  • Review and approve contracts for services.

Professional Qualifications Needed:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as journalism, arts administration/cultural management, teaching, library-information science; additional training in business management and/or fundraising.
  • Five+ years’ management experience in a not-for-profit environment with responsibility for financial and human resources.
  • Experience on or reporting to a volunteer board. Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, membership, and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, members, and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Strong public speaking ability.


The CCBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive barrier-free recruitment and placement processes and work environments. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005; the CCBC provides accommodations throughout the recruitment and placement process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment process, please inform us of the nature of any accommodation(s) required. Any information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 


To express interest in this exciting opportunity, email your cover letter and resume to:
Kelly Cline, Consultant
Email: kcline@feldmandaxon.com