Job Posting

Chief Executive Officer


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the only Museum in the world solely dedicated to the study and education of human rights. Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this incredible, award-winning space is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region. 

The museum was built with the support of donors and philanthropists from around the country through the Museum’s fundraising arm, the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Friends oversaw the capital campaign to help establish the Museum. Now that the Museum is up and running, we are at a crucial stage in our development as we evolve from a capital campaign to ongoing support of Museum programs, exhibitions, and future capital projects.

We therefore seek a new Chief Executive Officer to lead fundraising activities for the Museum and Friends to further expand our fundraising activities nationally and internationally and to grow sponsorship partners. The CEO of Friends will develop and execute a plan and fundraising strategy to ensure that a comprehensive and strategic mix of fundraising strategies and programs (including major gifts, planned giving, endowments, sponsorship, and educational program support to e-philanthropy) is in place to ensure success.

As the conduit between the Museum and Friends, the CEO of Friends will report directly to the President and CEO of the Museum with a reporting relationship to the active and illustrious Board of Friends. The new incumbent will also function as a member of the Museum’s senior executive team. The CEO will work closely with Museum peers in visitor experience, exhibitions and design, public affairs, programs, marketing, and administration.  

This is a rare and unique career opportunity for a sophisticated and savvy fundraising leader with 10 years of broad-based fundraising experience, ideally including major gifts, sponsorship, and annual giving programs and 5 years of strategic and creative leadership bringing together diverse groups of staff and volunteers to achieve and exceed goals. We seek a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of this national Museum dedicated to the exploration of human rights. The platform for success has been established and the new CEO will build on these impressive accomplishments, continuing to steward important relationships with donors and volunteers, and developing and stewarding new relationships.



The full Executive Brief for this position is posted at

Interested candidates should contact Christoph Clodius at 778-331-8865 or Tara George 416-340-9710 ext. 1013 at KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) via email at Resume and covering letter must be received by September 29, 2017.

Nominations are also appreciated.

We recognize that candidates would and should undertake due diligence before putting their names forward for consideration.  Please know that all enquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

This is a permanent full-time role based at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L5). Day-to-day working language is English, but French would be considered an asset. A university degree from a recognized institution or educational background in a related field is required.



  • Development Leadership and Planning – Planning, evaluating and directing the annual and multi-year fundraising strategy; executes and evaluates the implementation of the fundraising strategy and divisional plan including budgets, financial targets and performance goals and measures.
  • Development Operations – Oversees the effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the development operations and team.
  • Human Resource Leadership and Management – Develops a high quality, high-performance team motivated to contribute their full potential to the realization of fundraising and divisional plans.
  • Market Research and Prospect Coordination – Ensures that effective tools, resources and processes are in place to generate market research, to remain current on market and corporate trends that impact the division’s ability to reach its objectives and to effectively manage prospect coordination and stewardship.
  • Sponsorship, Programming, Capital and Endowment Campaigns – Provides leadership and direction to staff and volunteers involved in all aspects of fundraising programs; ensures that a robust and diversified fundraising strategy is employed, using all appropriate methodologies and techniques; Is personally involved in and accountable for the success of all fundraising.
  • Leadership Gifts and Major Corporate and Individual Gifts – Works directly and in cooperation with the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Board, the Museum Executive Team and volunteers with respect to major gifts solicitation and management.
  • Gift and Estate Planning – Ensures that effective planned giving programs are developed and implemented in relation to bequests, insurance, annuities, trusts, residual interests, etc.
  • Communications - Works with the appropriate staff to coordinate communication initiatives and to develop appropriate communications tools for increasing the visibility of the CMHR to existing and prospective funders; supports and undertakes public speaking engagements and one-on-one discussions with donors, prospective donors, foundations, granting divisions and others to engage them in the fundraising mission of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
  • Operating Budget – Working collaboratively with the Museum’s senior executive team, develops the annual revenue and expense budget, with careful control over operating costs.
  • External Relationships – Represents the division at select meetings and functions with federal, provincial, municipal, community, corporate, international, fundraising and other relevant divisions.



A competitive compensation package will be offered.  Total compensation, including salary and a performance pay plan based on achieving targets and goals, will be in the range of $160,000 to $220,000 per year.  Additional benefits will include the Government of Canada’s employee benefit and pension plans.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 29, 2017
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Graduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Villa Charities Foundation

Sylvia Kadlick
901 Lawrence Ave. West
Toronto, ON M6A 1C3

ABOUT VILLA CHARITIES INC. Villa Charities Inc., originally established as the Italian-Canadian Benevolent Corporation (ICBC), is a registered charity that cultivates, promotes and celebrates our culture as Italian-Canadians. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. Villa Charities’ Lawrence-Dufferin campus in Toronto remains a major hub of the GTA’s Italian community, with the Columbus Centre at its heart. Every day, thousands of people of all ages visit daily for dance, visual arts, music and culinary programs, view art exhibits at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, participate in a wide range of athletic, aquatic and wellness programs at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club, and enjoy fine Italian cuisine at the highly regarded Ristorante Boccaccio. The campus is also home to the Columbus Events Centre, which hosts and caters numerous weddings, family events, and corporate gatherings of all sizes. In addition, Villa Charities offers licensed child care programs at three facilities, provides summer and March Break day camps and hosts special cultural events such as the annual Italian Heritage Month celebrations. From Villa Charities’ earliest days, with the construction of Villa Colombo in Toronto, service to Italian-Canadian seniors has been a core part of the organization’s mission. Today, Villa Charities provides a wide range of seniors’ services including long-term care at Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan. Both facilities remain rooted in Italian culture and language. Villa Colombo Toronto also offers a variety of Community Day Programs for seniors including the Frail Elderly and Alzheimer Day Program, and Meals on Wheels. Housing for independent seniors is provided at Villa Charities’ Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments. Today, Villa Charities is taking the next step in its rich history with the Columbus Centre/Villa Charities & Dante Alighieri Academy Redevelopment. By advancing Villa Charities’ mission of celebrating and promoting Italian heritage, culture, language, arts, food and family values, we will endeavour to be a premier destination for everyone in the Greater Toronto Area wishing to explore and share in our rich culture. Villa Charities will provide fully modernized and enhanced facilities in a re-envisioned shared-use facility with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, with opportunities for multigenerational usage and integration, creating an enduring legacy.