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Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences



Job Description

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is seeking a dynamic and innovative Executive Director to lead the organization as it enters its next chapter. 

For 75 years, the Federation has been the leading voice advocating for the humanities and social sciences in Canada.  Committed to promoting research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society, the Federation is a not-for-profit charitable organization serving 160 member universities, colleges and scholarly associations. Representing a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada, the Federation brings leading academics, scholars and their ideas together through events, lectures, publications and policy analysis on issues that affect Canada’s scholarly community.

As the Executive Director, working closely with the Board of Directors, you will develop and deliver on a compelling vision of community and member engagement, quality service and programming, organizational excellence and policy influence and impact.  To this end, you will work with the Board and staff to establish a set of priorities that will provide the team with a clear and focused direction.  Externally, you will collaborate with key partners and stakeholders, including governments and members, with the goal of enhancing the Federation’s national profile, voice and impact.  Working closely with your team to ensure the Federation’s financial health, you will champion initiatives to grow the membership base and attract a new generation of academics and graduate students.

As the ideal candidate, you are a respected leader with extensive management and administration experience in a not-for-profit, member-driven environment.  Throughout your career, you have created cultures that are professional, respectful and responsive.  Your teams would describe you as a trusted coach and mentor who encourages and supports their ongoing professional development.  Partners and stakeholders have always valued your openness, transparency and commitment to collaboration.  Your excellent communications skills in both English and French will serve you well in this national role, as will your comprehensive understanding of government decision-making and policy development at all levels.

To apply for this position please forward your resume and cover letter to Michael Naufal and John Caminiti at, and state the title of the position in the subject line of your email. For more information, please call Michael or John at 613-742-3202.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

Contact Information

BoydenLaurel AndrewsAdminlandrews@boyden.com613-749-9909
Posting Date: 28-Nov-2016Executive Permanent, Full-Time Open 103-Apr-2017
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