Chief Impact Officer

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A unique and transformational leadership opportunity to leverage innovation and technology to expand the reach of one of Canada’s most impactful charities.


Founded in 2001, Pathways to Education Canada originated from the Regent Park Community Health Centre's vision to break the cycle of poverty through education. Over 20 years later, Pathways’ award-winning program has supported 21,000+ students in 31 low-income communities across Canada, effectively removing graduation barriers and promoting positive youth development during crucial high school years. With a 1:24 social return on investment, the long term social, economic, and health impacts of this program are well documented.


Despite this success, there is much more to do. Recent challenges have exacerbated the barriers for youth living in low-income communities. Development of new services, innovation in program design and delivery, and leveraging emerging technologies are among the priorities of the substantive R&D mandate of the new Chief Impact Officer and the Impact Plan to drive growth in reach through innovation.


The organization is seeking a visionary, data-driven, and results-oriented Chief Impact Officer (CiMO). Working closely with the President & CEO, the CiMO oversees research and development of programs and new delivery models, program delivery, and the evaluation of programs and services. This transformational leader will lead the people and processes that will drive a profound change in strategy, growth, thought leadership, and culture at Pathways and will play a vital role in transforming the lives of youth across Canada, ensuring their success in high school and beyond.


As the ideal candidate, you bring an entrepreneurial mindset and demonstrated success in the full cycle of researching, developing, managing, evaluating and updating programs, products or services, with the goal of driving growth and high impact. Experience with methods of development and design, such as operating an “Innovation Funnel,” product management, design thinking, CX Design (customer experience design), and change management are critical to ensure new innovations meet the needs of youth. Success in incorporating emerging technologies in program delivery will be important for this role. Strong leadership and team management skills with the ability to inspire and engage high-performing teams and a delivery network of community partners, as well as a passion for delivering positive change round out your skill set. Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset. Candidates with 10+ years of progressive experience and a proven track-record from the non-profit or private sectors, or a combination of both, will be considered.


Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online with a resume and cover letter ideally before March 4 at


For more information, please contact Kyle Mechar of Odgers Berndtson at


We would like to thank all applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Pathways 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 Pathways throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.