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Conference of Defence Associations & CDA Institute

Executive Director


CDA ED 2017-1509008

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In its role as the ‘Voice of Defence’, the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) represents numerous defence associations and organizations with over 400,000 members supporting the Security and Defence sector in Canada.  For 85 years, its mandate has been to promote informed public discourse and advocate credible security and defence policies in supporting the men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces.  The CDA Institute, which was created by the CDA in 1987, is an independent and non-partisan research institute.  It provides relevant, authoritative and timely contributions to enable informed debate on security and defence issues with particular attention to those issues pertaining to Canada’s military.

Job Description

The successful candidate will act as the Executive Director (ED) of the Conference of Defence Associations and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. For more information, please peruse: and  (S)he is accountable to each of the CDA Council and the Board of Directors of the CDA Institute for delivering results in accordance with each organization’s published guidance, policies, plans and business direction.   As the senior full-time staff member, the ED is responsible for providing strategic leadership to achieve multi-year and annual objectives.  (S)he does so working collaboratively with members of the two organizations’ governance and advisory bodies, a wide range of stakeholders as well as the staff and volunteers, in order to fulfill each organization’s mandate and objectives while continuously promoting revenue and organizational growth. 

Candidates will have a demonstrable ability to lead and manage a talented team of full and part-time employees, as well as a growing and diverse group of volunteers in the not-for-profit sector, to achieve and excel.  Attributes will include understanding of financial management, all facets of strategic communications and media engagement, knowledge of Board/Executive Council governance dynamics, experience with developing strategies and business plans, fundraising and revenue generation, and a strong track record of building relationships and connections across diverse groups of stakeholders.  Strengths desired include an understanding of the Canadian defence and security stakeholders, relationships with defence industry executives, and an ability to communicate effectively in both of Canada’s official languages.

To learn more about this exceptional leadership opportunity contact Rick Morgan at Morgan Leadership Search, 613-566-7035 or email your cv and letter of introduction in, confidence, to

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Conference of Defence Associations & CDA Institute
Rick Morgan
Posting Date: 27-Apr-2017Executive Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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