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Chief Executive Officer & President | LDAO | Apply by: August 23, 2024


Chief Executive Officer & President


Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO)

Reporting to:

Chair, LDAO Board of Directors

Accountable to:

LDAO Board of Directors


July 2024

The Learning Disability Association of Ontario (LDAO) is looking for a dynamic leader to become its new Chief Executive Officer and President. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for all administrative and operational functions of LDAO and providing support to its 12 Ontario chapters.

LDAO is a registered charitable organization. Its mission is to provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today's society. LDAO offers many resources, services, information, venues and products designed to help people with LDs and ADHD, as well as parents, teachers, and other professionals. Local chapters of the LDAO exist in 12 communities across the province, and each offers services focused on education and advocacy for people of all ages.

LDAO is currently seeking candidates with strong leadership qualities, who are highly motivated and fully capable of working with the LDAO Board and staff to develop sustainable funding sources and to enhance and expand programs and services. The ideal candidate will have earned a reputation for leadership, integrity, the ability to work collaboratively with a volunteer Board, and to effectively manage staff. They will have demonstrated

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leadership - Assists the Board in executing the Association's vision and strategic plan and is an active member on all Board committees. Fosters effective teamwork between the Board, LDAO staff, Chapters and the Learning Disability Association of Canada (LDAC).
  • Management - Provides supervision, direction and performance expectations to LDAO staff, contractors and volunteers and is responsible for ensuring that all systems comply and support LDAO's mission statement, beliefs, values, aims, policies and strategic direction.
  • Fundraising and Development - Maintains primary responsibility for ensuring that funds are available to support the Association's operations and programs. Oversees fundraising activities and works closely with fundraising staff and the Fundraising Committee to set annual fundraising targets, build community relationships, develop new sustainable revenue sources.
  • Programs and Services: Works with Manager, Special Projects & Finance and Manager, Content Creation to develop LDAO programs and services consistent with community needs and ensure consistency with criteria established by funding sources and the mission and goals of the Association.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: In collaboration with the Senior Financial Consultant and Finance Committee, establish and maintain a financial management framework to support decision-making and appropriate systems so that LDAO operates within its approved business plan and budget. Oversees the development of the annual budget and ensures quarterly statements and projections, and is responsible for the day to day financial management of the organization.
  • Relationship to Association Stakeholders: Develops and maintains strategic relationships with LDAO chapters, community organizations, local and provincial governments, service providers and others. Engages with non-profit, business, and governmental organizations in an advisory capacity, e.g., member of the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education (MACSE)
  • External Communication and Public Relations: Acts as the chief spokesperson, along with the Chair of LDAO, for communications and media partners and various "publics" of the Association. Establishes regular communication with LD stakeholders, corporate partners and related government agencies.

To qualify for this highly rewarding position, candidates must have:

  • Excellent reputation as a leader in their profession and/or community; recognized as a "bridge builder";
  • Experience in leading complex organizations through positive change and transition;
  • Private or public sector expertise in fund development, and one or more of the following business functions: health and social services, education, communications, marketing, law, human resources, advocacy, communications, public administration, general management;
  • Awareness of influences in the education environment, including political, economic, social and technological dimensions, that can effectively change the scope of thinking & organizational focus;
  • Proven ability in developing strong board and staff teams;
  • Excellent communication skills: both oral and written, and negotiating skills;
  • Ability to balance long-term objectives and activities with day-to-day operations and pressures;
  • Tenacity to deal with confidential and highly sensitive issues and interact with people at all levels within the organization/government/public & clients;
  • Working knowledge of health and safety; and
  • Masters degree (or equivalent) plus 10+ years of senior management experience in a complex, dynamic environment in the public or private sectors; several of those years in the not for profit sector is an advantage.

Working Conditions:

  • Reports to the Chair; Accountable to the Board
  • Full-time; 35 hours/week
  • Frequent off-site meetings and events within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to promote LDAO and support chapter liaison meetings is expected, there may be infrequent travel to LDAO chapters in Ontario and/or related conferences.
  • LDAO offers a hybrid work environment requiring two – three days per week at the LDAO main office.


Salary will be commensurate with role and experience ($110,000 - $125,000).

LDAO Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

LDAO is committed to employ people that reflect the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace. We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

  LDAO Board of Directors
  Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
  365 Evans Avenue, Suite 202
 Toronto, ON M8Z 1K2

Submission deadline:

  Friday, August 23, 2024, 5:00 pm (EDT)

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
No phone calls please. Only emails accepted.

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Associate Director, Student Achievement & Well-Being | Waterloo Region DSB

Waterloo Region District School Board
Associate Director, Student Achievement & Well-Being

We acknowledge that the land on which WRDSB sites are situated are the lands traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Chonnonton People. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today. We are all treaty people with a responsibility to honour all our relations.

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is a leader in education, situated in the vibrant heart of Southwestern Ontario and Canada's Silicon Valley. With a steadfast commitment to nurturing dynamic and compassionate global citizens, the WRDSB provides a dynamic and inclusive educational environment for approximately 65,000 students across the Region of Waterloo. The Board includes 123 schools and a team of nearly 11,000 dedicated staff members, making it one of Ontario's largest public education boards. Guided by its eleven elected Trustees, WRDSB strives for excellence, ensuring the success and well-being of every student through forward-looking teaching and learning practices.

The Waterloo Region District School Board is passionate about serving and empowering its students to thrive in an ever-evolving world, and it is within this context that the Board invites nominations and applications for the role of Associate Director, Student Achievement and Well-Being. This position will have an indelible impact on the future of the organization and broader communities.

Key areas of focus in this role will include (but are not limited to):

  • Supporting all students to read by the end of Grade 2;
  • Supporting improved numeracy skills K-12;
  • Effectively reducing Suspension and Expulsion rates;
  • Improving the integration and support for students with identified learning needs;
  • Improving Transitions and Pathways;
  • Supporting improved graduation rates for all students;
  • Systematically changing outcomes for the most marginalized students and, in doing so, improving the outcomes of all students.

Reporting to the Director of Education, the Associate Director, Student Achievement and Well- Being works collaboratively with all members of the Leadership Council and all relevant stakeholders, (i.e., Trustees, families, community members, municipal and political partners, etc.) to provide service excellence to all system leaders in schools and service departments. This position models leadership practices aligned with the Board’s mission, vision, and values, and supports the development, planning, and implementation of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan, and the Board Improvement and Equity Plan. Fostering positive and effective working relationships within the Board and with local Indigenous communities, equity-deserving groups, community partners, union partners, and the Ministry of Education is a key component of this role.


Among the qualifications being sought in candidates, the incoming leader must have a deep and abiding commitment to advancing reconciliation, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all its forms and must believe, intrinsically, in the importance of leading with curiosity and welcoming ideas that can later be synthesized and turned into possibility. A key area of focus for the WRDSB is the engagement of student, family, and community partnerships as the organization works to improve outcomes for all learners, especially those most marginalized. The ideal candidate will have a strong solutions-based, innovative approach. While all candidates are encouraged to apply and, in so doing, share how they see themselves adding value to the WRDSB environment, the following credentials and/or experiences are seen as possible markers of the candidates most likely to realize success in the role:

  • Several years’ experience leading at the school and district level, with demonstrated leadership competencies in the Ontario Leadership Framework focusing on personal leadership resources (PLR) that align with the WRDSB Sovereignty Affirming and Equity Competencies;
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to change systemic outcomes, especially for the most marginalized groups of students and using approaches that support Student Achievement and Well-being for all students;
  • Experience with cultivating professional and collaborative relationships within a multi- unionized environment;
  • Successful completion of the Supervisory Officers' Qualification Program (SOQP).

How to Apply

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is committed to equity in employment. They are committed to fair and equitable hiring practices that allow them to hire qualified staff who reflect the diversity of the community they serve, who will foster the success and well-being of their students and who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom. They actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to: First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples; Members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin; Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; Persons who identify as women; and Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

WRDSB is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that is diverse and is as intersectional as possible. All interested applicants can send their resume to Urmilla Mahabirsingh by e-mailing

In accordance with the AODA Act, for applicants living with a disability accommodation will be provided throughout the search process. Should accommodations be required, please make Urmilla Mahabirsingh aware by using the above address

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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