Executive Director

The Democracy Fund (TDF) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our Canadian civil liberties focussed team. 

TDF is a Canadian charity striving to advance and maintain constitutional rights in Canada, advance education through journalism placement programs, and to relieve poverty.

The ideal candidate for the role of Executive Director will be a strong, inspiring, and motivational leader, with a minimum of eight years experience (or equivalent) in the business or non-profit sector, as well as a background in law and a demonstrated record of accomplishments, including accomplishments in the roles of senior governance, management, campaigns or entrepreneurial experience.

Other areas of expertise encompass strategic planning and communication, fundraising initiatives, financial management (budgeting, reporting and forecasting), audience, supporter and donor outreach, target marketing, brand awareness, as well as team and organization management.

The Executive Director will be the face of the organization – a community and media spokesperson – tasked to propel TDF into the spotlight and will build upon TDF’s brand and structure to uphold and fulfill our CRA-appointed mandate.

The Executive Director will also be the highest-ranking officer at TDF, and will report to and liaise with the Board of Directors.


Financial Management:

  • Oversee financial operations and reporting as required by the CRA and Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
  • Donor acquisition
  • Identify, assess and pursue funding opportunities (fund development)
  • Long-term and short-term financial revenue planning
  • Development and implementation of strategic fundraising initiatives
  • Monitor all finances, budgets, payroll and financial controls
  • Oversee annual financial audit and execution of annual report
  • Adjudicate funding requests in regards to grants, etc.

Administrative Management:

  • Oversee daily administration, operations, accounts and other departments
  • Create and implement effective systems, procedures and chain of command
  • Work with and supervise TDF’s senior management/department heads to ensure output expectations are being met, budgets are being adhered to, and communication is open and flowing. Department heads will include litigation/legal, education and ethics, events, communication and social media, operations, and development and finance
  • Oversee and deliver on TDF’s annual priorities and obligations to government/CRA, LSO, stakeholders, donors and supporters, as well as the Board of Directors
  • Maintain TDF’s relationships and interests, as well as spearhead new relationships and partnerships

Human Resources:

  • Coordinate with the Litigation Director to ensure legal initiatives, policies and procedures, public communication, and media messaging are clear, concise, and align with TDF’s mandate
  • Represent TDF in the media, government, and in front other public organizations to promote brand awareness, current initiatives, and address any concerns or issues
  • Approve hiring, allocation and release of staff, contractors, team members and volunteers
  • Create personnel policies and guides, and oversee compliance to said policies and guides
  • Promote employee engagement, and provide direction when needed for complex employee relation issues
  • Provide critical support, insight and updates to the Board of Directors pertaining to its governance, reporting and taxes, and insurance responsibilities and obligations
  • Maintain knowledge of corporate requirements and bylaws, and implement as needed


  • Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in the business, non-profit or entrepreneurial sector
  • M.B.A., E.M.B.A., C.F.A., C.P.A., J.D., LL.B., LL.M. university degree or equivalent experience and record of accomplishments
  • Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills, as well as outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong financial literacy, budgeting and planning skills
  • Self-starter, comfortable working independently; a progressive and ambitious leader
  • Preference will be granted to candidates with a background in law or those with a law degree, bilingual candidates (English and French), as well as candidates able and willing to work out of our Toronto office
  • Working knowledge of CRM and CMS platforms are an asset. Familiarity with NationBuilder is preferred. 


$115,000 - $200,000 or commensurate with experience. 

Apply now.