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Toronto Cat Rescue

Executive Director


Etobicoke - Dundas and Royal York1529942

Company Information

Established in 1994, Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) is a volunteer-driven, incorporated, registered charity operating a no-kil cat rescue in Southern Ontario. As one of the largest rescue groups in Canada, TCR has a prominent place in cat rescue across the country. TCR receives no government funding - we operate on our adoption fees, private donations, fundraising activities, and grants. While we have Toronto in our name, over the years TCR expanded geographically from as far east as Whitby to as far west as Oakville.  TCR also operates a Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter. TCR has no shelter. We are a network of volunteer foster homes that care for the cats we rescue until they are adopted.

Job Description

With an annual budget of just under $1 million, 1,000 dedicated volunteers, and over 2,500 cats adopted a year, Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) is a growing organization with a huge impact in the animal rescue community. TCR is in need of an innovative and collaborative leader to strengthen its structure and increase its ability to save lives.

TCR has recently undergone several large and exciting changes. We have gone from an all-volunteer group to having our first paid employees this summer. We have five new board members who bring a wealth of experience and skills. And, we are in the midst of a transition in leadership - and that is where the Executive Director role fits in. The Interim Executive Director is assisting with this transition.

We are searching for a very special, dedicated individual who can help us move forward with these exciting changes. If you love leading and collaborating with dynamic and incredibly dedicated volunteer teams (almost) as much as you love animals, this job may be the perfect fit for you.

TCR supports flexible work arrangements, and professional development consistent with its budget.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will implement and assist the Board with developing the Vision, Mission and strategic plan with a never-ceasing commitment to TCR’s most important impact measure: saving lives. The Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day operation of TCR, including the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services. The Executive Director will provide strategic advice, analysis and recommendations to the Board to support high quality decision-making and effective Board operations.

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of TCR

  • Ensure the organization is in compliance with all laws and regulations to manage risk

  • Lead staff, volunteers, and partners to develop, deliver and report back on annual operational plans

  • Work closely with the Finance Committee, and lead the development, monitoring and reporting on the annual budget in accordance with the year’s operational plan

  • Monitor the organization’s finances and cash flow and oversee bookkeeping; provide regular reports to the Board and support audits

  • Make daily and monthly financial decisions

  • Work closely with the Board’s finance committee, the Treasurer, the bookkeeper and the accountant to improve financial controls and policies, and manage risk

  • Serve as an ex-officio member of each operational committee as needed

  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including select funders and rescue partner organizations

  • Foster effective teamwork between the Board and Executive Director, and with the staff and volunteers

  • Identify, develop and revise procedures to implement organizational policies as needed

  • Support the Board in its development of Board policies and annual reviews of selected policy areas

  • Implement and maintain secure storage of employee, adopter, donor and volunteer files, ensuring that  privacy/confidentiality is maintained

  • Represent TCR in the community, media, coalition organizations, and TCR events, with the goal of raising the organization’s public profile and positive reputation

  • Set performance objectives with employees and manage performance

  • Strengthen and support leadership for the organization’s administration team, data management, and information security needs

  • Support, mentor and coach the Operations Manager as they build a sustainable volunteer program structure that increases recruitment, prevents burn-out, improves retention, and improves training and support

  • Support, mentor and coach the Fundraising Manager as they build strategic, sustainable revenue generation for TCR, including identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors, as well as create, implement and oversee tax receipting and CRA best practices.

  • Provide strategic guidance to staff and operational volunteer leaders and work with them to set goals and standards that serve TCR's needs

  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the organization and proposes options and solutions to mitigate these issues

  • Perform tasks and projects as assigned by the Board, subject to revising the work plan if such tasks and projects will delay priorities noted above

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Because of TCR’s recent changes, we are in need of a seasoned leader who has solid experience and skills in areas that are fundamental to the charitable sector:

  • Formal education or equivalent experience in non-profit management or leadership

  • Experience in leadership positions in the charitable sector

  • Asset to have experience with Executive roles and preferably also a Board Member role

Core Competencies

Additionally, an ideal candidate will have experience with:

  • Creating financial policies, procedures and controls

  • Budget creation and management

  • Strategic planning and management creation and execution; with a focus on sustainable growth and clear direction with measurable outcomes

  • Managing, mentoring and coaching staff and volunteers

  • Working with Boards and an understanding of Board governance and fiscal responsibilities

  • Developing operational processes, procedures, and policies

  • Creating respectful and professional workplaces

  • Change management experience to find innovative solutions to issues through collaboration and consultation

  • Setting and achieving key priorities within a fast changing environment, with appropriate use of delegation, consideration of consequences and wise judgment

  • Human resources policies, procedures and best practices

  • Inspiring, motivating and working with large, primarily online teams (largely volunteers) with varying opinions, ideas and perspectives

  • Impressive and dynamic communication skills on all levels, especially thoughtful listening

  • Enthusiastic, engaging public speaking skills

  • Comfort with and ability to quickly learn new software in the cloud and on computers, especially Google Drive, Gmail, Smartsheet, Microsoft Suite, and various cloud-based databases, such as Pet Point and Volgistics

  • Working with animal rescue organizations, shelters, veterinarians or other animal-related sectors an asset


Animal rescue can be hard work!  We need someone who can show compassion to both humans and pets alike.  We need someone who can encourage, respect, motivate and function as a champion for volunteers and staff while also understanding the plight of the creatures we rescue.  We are looking for a committed leader who exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Passion for feline welfare and rescue - a connection to the cause

  • Compassion and empathy

  • Integrity and transparency

  • Innovative thinking and creativity

  • Agility, flexibility and nimbleness in quickly changing situations

  • Curiosity and a love of learning

  • Authenticity and openness

  • Fun sense of humour

  • Value of people, their opinions, and the relationships we have with one another

While we wish to acknowledge and thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR) is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. In accordance with The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), we are also committed to providing a barrier-free work environment and will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants, upon request during the recruitment process.

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Contact Information

Toronto Cat Rescue
Jane Garthson
Interim Executive Director
Posting Date: 19-Aug-2017Executive Permanent, Full-Time $85,000 - $95,000/yr 125-Oct-2017
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