Executive Director

About the Police Association of Ontario

Founded in 1933, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is the official provincial representative body for over 28,000 sworn and civilian police personnel from forty-five police associations across Ontario. A unifying voice for advocacy in policing, the PAO provides its member associations with representation, resource, and support. The PAO participates in a variety of activities at the provincial level on behalf of Ontario’s sworn officers and civilian police service employees. Through lobbying and representation with government principals, the PAO has made significant advances on a number of critical pieces of legislation which impact on our membership and the community that they serve. Our member associations are regularly informed of PAO activities, events, and advocacy efforts through email communications, PAO.ca, and the quarterly PAO magazine. The PAO convenes a minimum of three membership meetings a year to provide our members the opportunity to shape PAO policy and direction, and to exchange information and participate in workshops on current issues. Additionally, the Association holds civilian workshops to provide an additional forum to address issues and provide training on matters of particular concern to our civilian representatives.


About the Role

Reporting to the Board of Directors of the Police Association of Ontario, the Executive Director provides strategic direction and professional leadership consistent with the values in the administration and operations of the Association as well as participating in the overall stewardship of the organization through its governance system. The Executive Director, working with the Board, its Committees, the PAO President, and staff, is responsible for enabling the achievement of the PAO’s Vision, Mission, and Strategic Objectives through, short and long-term planning, sound policies, effective processes, efficient resource management, member-focused service delivery and excellence in staff relations.



  • Serves as the PAO’s administrative head and ensures that the foundational administration and operations needed to achieve the aims of the organization are in place, effective and appropriately applied
  • Directly supports and collaborates with the Board to provide overall strategic leadership and direction for the organization, including the strategic plan, annual work plan and the identification, evaluation, and control/mitigation of risks to the organization's people, property, finances, and reputation
  • Provides or ensures representation, leadership and support for political and strategic matters defined by the Board and membership, including media support when required
  • Stays abreast of current trends related to the organization’s services and anticipates future trends likely to have an impact
  • Supervises, supports, and encourages excellence from staff through consistent communication (e.g., team and 1:1 meetings), professional development and learning opportunities and performance management
  • Oversees design, delivery, and quality of programs and services, ensuring that programs and services are relevant and meet the needs of the Membership and the organization’s Vision, Mission, and Strategic Objectives
  • Applies processes and practices to ensure effective, transparent, and prudent management of and reporting on financial resources, including preparation and presentation of a multi-year plan/analysis, the annual operating budget and scheduled financial reports for consideration by the Board. Responsibilities to be conducted within budget guidelines according to current laws, regulations and PAO Constitution and By-Laws, policies, and procedures
  • Ensures processes and procedures developed and applied in compliance with Business Management policies and frameworks
  • In collaboration with the President, builds, manages, and sustains the government relations portfolio, which includes supporting work with external organizations, governments, and agencies
  • In collaboration with the Board Chair, supports, enhances, and sustains effective board governance processes and practices
  • Ensures back-up / back-fill for specific duties, tasks and / or functions for all positions and assumes duties specific to the Communications Director and, Policy and Research Counsel as needed. This may involve establishing and ensuring effective cross-training practices.


Accountability and Decision-Making

  • Reports to the Board of Directors, serving as primary staff contact for the Board of Directors and President
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and manages compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws, and policies and procedures
  • Ensures all relevant and required items are brought to the Board
  • Assures that the organization and its Mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image
  • Reports to the Board on any key internal and external events and trends that may have an impact on the organization and/or the work of the Board
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors, creates and maintains a strategic plan for the organization to achieve strategic outcomes approved by the Board
  • Provides prompt, thorough, and accurate information to keep the Board appropriately informed of the organization's financial position
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the PAO’s Board of Directors and Board committees
  • Designated Returning Officer for Board of Director elections


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-secondary degree / diploma in Public Administration, Business Administration, or related area
  • 10 - 15 years’ progressive experience in a similar organization (e.g. association, municipal / public sector), with at least 3-5 years at an Executive Director/senior leadership level and experience in government relations
  • Strong background in management and administration, including strategic, business, service, and resource planning
  • Transformational leader, able to build collaborative relationships using effective communication strategies with the Board/Elected Leadership, Member Associations, other key organizations / agencies, and stakeholders (e.g., ministry staff, media contacts, etc.)
  • Solid knowledge of board governance and related processes to support effective decision-making within a Board environment and amongst Association Membership
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative leadership model that positions and supports the Board and President
  • Proven ability to work within an active association environment while managing competing interests and priorities
  • Ability to understand and assess key legislation, such as the Police Services Act
  • Progressive understanding of issues in Ontario police labour relations, policing culture, and operations (an asset)
  • Excellent and administrative management skills, including financial and human resource management
  • Proven and excellent communication skills and abilities (verbal, written, and presentation)


Desired Competencies

Leadership Skills:

  • Develops and leverages the competencies of others to achieve organizational success, deliver results and continuously improve
  • Engages and collaborates with employees, the Board and Members on issues that impact the Association and its aims
  • Creates and maintains a culture that attracts, retains, and motivates skilled people
  • Supports, enhances, facilitates and/or navigates the work of the Board / Elected Leadership in a collaborative manner to build productive partnerships and relationships
  • Exercises discretion and judgement in handling sensitive information


Administrative, Business, and Political Acumen:

  • Initiates collaborative creation, management and measurement of strategic plan and corresponding action, service, and resource plans
  • Exhibits demonstrated financial management and budgeting skills
  • Skillful and effective development and management of administrative frameworks, policies, and processes, including those that support Board governance
  • Exhibits demonstrated evidenced-based decision-making and strategy development skills
  • Builds accountability through performance management
  • Considers and understands the political implications of decisions
  • Understands pertinent legislation and regulatory processes in administrative, political, and policing profession realms
  • Analyzes and solve problems systematically, collaboratively, and creatively


Communication Skills:

  • Possesses strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Builds trust through presenting ideas clearly and effectively listening to others, even when not in agreement
  • Effectively establishes rapport with all stakeholders, including Elected Leaders, staff, external organizations/agencies
  • Strong media relations experience/acumen



To express interest in this exciting opportunity, email your cover letter and resume to:

Patrick Rowan, Partner, Feldman Daxon Partners

45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9

Tel.: 416-515-7600 x254, Email: prowan@feldmandaxon.com


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