Centre Director

Job description


The Child Advocacy Centre (“CAC”) of Kelowna will be an innovative community response to the subject of child abuse. A partnership among local community and government agencies, it will bring together all professionals involved in child abuse cases under one roof, for a coordinated, seamless, interdisciplinary response to children who have experienced abuse in Kelowna and the surrounding area. The CAC will operate as a stand alone not for profit society under the direction of a Board of Directors. 

The CAC of Kelowna is seeking a passionate and entrepreneurial innovator to lead this organization. The Centre Director will drive the CAC’s internal and external functions, including strategic directions, coordination, advocacy, communications, community development and engagement, financial planning, and performance-driven management. 

Fundamental to the responsibility of this role is the commitment to disrupt the cycle of child abuse. The Centre Director will hold a passion for, belief in, and ability to communicate the CAC vision, guiding principles and goals. Promote a transparent, ambitious, compassionate, goal and achievement-oriented culture. Provide visionary, adaptive and innovative leadership, modeling best practices, guiding internal values and foster a culture that reflects them.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Centre Director will create or manage the creation of ongoing targets, indicators, and evaluations focused on continued improvement and quality assurance. Utilizing data to inform decision-making across the sector. Ensuring communication with, and support of, all stakeholders in aligning to achieve these targets. The Centre Director will drive reporting, including yearly summary reports of CAC progress for the Board of Directors, stakeholders and external audiences. 

The Centre itself is currently in the building stages, and the operations plan for the facility is underway. The Centre Director will have the unique opportunity to play an integral role in developing the foundation for the success of this organization by building connections and facilitating the development an implementation of key protocols within and between the CAC networks. The Centre Director will ultimately be responsible for recruiting and hiring top talent, building and managing a high functioning team, inspiring trust and confidence through a collaborative, consensus-builder style with staff and partners. Removing barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration to advance an evolving Advocacy Strategy. 

In the daily management of operations and Society administration, the Centre Director will lead a small team of direct reports. Additionally, they will act as the facilitator and driving force for the CAC’s valued partners from RCMP, Interior Health, Ministry of Child & Family Development, and Kelowna Foundation for Hope & Social Innovation. Inspiring collective action focused on results aligned with the overarching goals of the CAC model of care.



  • At least 5-10 years of relevant and progressive multi-disciplinary leadership work experience, including at least 5 years leadership in managing teams in a fast-paced and high-growth environment (for example, non-profit, social enterprise, or business start-up)
  • At least five years of service and funding coordination experience and demonstrated success in cultivating collective funding initiative relationships
  • The executive presence to inspire confidence and passion in both internal and external audiences
  • Advanced strategy and planning skills, including an ability to think strategically on both organizational and systemic levels over multi-year horizons
  • Strong data acumen and ability to oversee complex shared-measurement systems
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences
  • Experience with complex project management and stakeholder management
  • Ability to build relationships with a cross-sectoral range of stakeholders in the local or regional area, including senior executives
  • A track record of leading, inspiring, and developing high-performance teams
  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal skills, leading through influence to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of high-profile stakeholders  
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment; willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” and extend beyond formal responsibilities based on the needs of the work
  • Experience working directly with a Board of Directors is necessary 
  • This position requires the successful candidate to obtain and maintain the RCMP Enhanced Reliability Status clearance
  • Valid Drivers’ License


  • The ideal candidate will have completed post-secondary education in areas such as Social Sciences, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, with at least 5 years of responsible management and leadership experience demonstrating progressive growth in a related field (social services, justice, health care, community development). Candidates that can demonstrate strong relevant and transferable skills from another sector will be considered.
  • Experience in a start-up not-for-profit environment.
  • Familiarity with Child Protection and the local landscape of public systems is desirable.


If you are passionate about protecting kids, if you feel compelled to help the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna tell our story to drive community awareness and action for change, please apply online.

Interviewing will begin once a suitable candidate group has been identified.  The posting will close once the position has an accepted offer.