President & CEO

DAREarts uses creative experiential learning and leadership development to empower young people across Canada to realize their full potential. We offer children and youth aged 9-17 a turning point; a critical moment of early intervention where we see the brilliant potential of each child and help them to see it for themselves. We empower young people to activate positive change in their lives and in their communities. Students return to classes more engaged, with stronger participation rates, ready to learn, challenge themselves, and take positive risks and are more likely to further their educational journey.

We believe leaders aren’t born, they’re built. Our model disrupts common conceptions of youth leadership development. Instead of focusing on young people that have already demonstrated their leadership capacity, we see our programs as a critical intervention for children and youth who, for many reasons, may never consider themselves as leaders without support. We create a learning environment where participants can develop the skills, behaviors and confidence they need to see themselves as vital and capable changemakers. Our in-school and extracurricular programs provide a supportive, hands-on and community guided environment, for young people to find their voice, connect with their peers and build the skills they need to create a more positive path forward.

DAREarts is ready for its next chapter of growth under its new brand, Thrive Youth Development Canada (Thrive Youth). The organization has spent the last 4 years building infrastructure and preparedness for significant growth. The organization is now seeking its next President & CEO who will lead the organization through this chapter of growth, with a 3-year strategic plan in place and a target to reach $3M in revenue by 2025.

The organization needs a charismatic leader who understands both the externally faced components of the role, in addition to nurturing the growth of the organization internally. The ideal candidate is someone with sophisticated knowledge of the non-profit sector, 3-5+ years of leadership, and is experienced in both change management and growth/scale projects. They will bring exceptional and demonstrated skills in securing funding and lead the organization’s fundraising strategy and implementation efforts. They balance a values-driven, person-centred approach; growing and nurturing the diverse talents of the DAREarts team, with a results orientation for organizational achievement.

The President & CEO is responsible for all components of the operational success of the organization, in addition to managing/supporting the Board of Directors. They must be an ambitious, entrepreneurial and a growth-minded leader who is innovative and driven to create opportunities for quality service, growth and expansion.

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DAREarts is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and DAREarts  throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.