Executive Director Job Announcement – Broadbent Institute


The Broadbent Institute, founded in 2011, is an independent and non-partisan organization. It is Canada’s leading progressive policy and training organization. With offices across the country, we champion change through excellent research and analysis, educating and supporting a new generation of leaders, and the publication of innovative journalism through our media division, PressProgress.

We are committed to realizing the promise of Canada as a diverse, just, and inclusive society. We believe all people have equal worth and equal rights, and that we all benefit from living in an increasingly equal society. Our work is guided by the Broadbent Principles for Canadian Social Democracy, which are:

  1. Furthering economic and social rights in addition to political rights.2. Creating a green economy that leaves nobody behind.
  2. Creating a green economy that leaves nobody behind.
  3. The transformative potential of electing social democratic governments responsive to robust social movements.
  4. Workplace democracy including the right to a trade union and the fundamental role of the labour movement.
  5. The dismantling of structural systems of oppression.
  6. Fully implementing the rights and title of Indigenous peoples and supporting their goal of achieving self-governance.

"These Principles are very important – they remind us as social democrats not simply where we’ve been, but where we want to go." - Ed Broadbent


The Broadbent Institute is seeking an Executive Director whose personal values align with the Broadbent Principles, including, a commitment to social democracy, an interest in electing progressive governments at the municipal, territorial, provincial, and federal level in Canada, and building broad public support for social democratic principles and policies. The Executive Director is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

We need an Executive Director who can lead and inspire. The role requires a deep understanding of our relationship with our fundraising base and the need, as a good steward of that base, to make your top daily priority be growing and maintaining those relationships. The Executive Director works closely with the Board to identify and seize strategic opportunities. The role is accountable for the organization’s overall performance including financial, operational, and administrative. Press Progress is one of the Broadbent Institute’s highest-profile and best-regarded achievements. The Executive Director is responsible for driving its role and potential.

The organization is national in scope. As such the Executive Director has a national perspective and is familiar with the Canadian political arena/issues. As a national spokesperson of the Institute, the Executive Director is fluently bilingual in English and French, able to competently engage in both official languages during media interviews and at public speaking engagements.

You have at least five years of demonstrated management experience at a director, executive director, or equivalent level with proven skills leading a board, staff, supporters, and funders. Some of which must be within non-profit and unionized environments. Your executive experience includes modern fundraising, and the demonstrated ability to connect credibly with our network of funding partners and potential partners.

You have demonstrated teambuilding and coalition-building skills; an ability to collaborate; and have prior experience with successful electoral politics, a senior role in trade union work, or in successful civil society advocacy

You are able to lead and inspire an influential digital publishing operation that conducts its own research, breaks stories, and attracts a wide audience using modern digital tools.

The salary range for this position is $150,000-$170,000 plus benefits.

The Broadbent Institute’s offices are in Ottawa. The successful applicant may work remotely. Travel to the Ottawa office and other locations will be required, barring pandemic-related travel restrictions.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants are invited to submit applications to [email protected].

We welcome all applicants, however only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
We strive for a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community we serve and in which we live.

Where an applicant is contacted and accommodations are required, applicants are asked to make their needs known. Information received related to accommodation requests will be treated with confidentiality.

For a detailed Applicant Brief: https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/training_leadership.pdf This posting closes on July 9, 2021.

This posting closes on July 9, 2021.
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