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Executive Director (173492)
Posted: 12/08/2017 9:29:37 AM

Executive Director

Temporary Full-time Contact – Renewable

Family Navigation Project

The Sunnybrook Research Institute is a fully owned subsidiary of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.The Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook is a non-profit program designed to provide expert navigation of the mental health and addictions service system for youth aged 13-26 and their families, who are living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

We are committed to supporting families and their youth in the path to recovery and optimum functioning. Our promise to families is to engage with them to help them navigate the health care and related services system, connect to appropriate and credible assessment and treatment resources, receive assistance in as timely a way as possible and negotiate challenging situations that may arise, all the while knowing that help and support is available for them every step of the way.

Our promise to the health care system is to help build relationships with treatment providers, centres and programs that will facilitate connections for families and youth. In launching this innovative model of care, we hope to encourage positive change within the system.

Our mission statement

Using a combination of clinical and lived experience, we collaborate with families and their youth with mental health and/or addiction issues to understand their unique needs and match them with supports and services to enhance their health and family functioning.

Our vision

No family feels lost in the mental health and addiction system.

The Executive Director (ED) will be part of the management team for the FNP, along with the Administrative Director and the Medical Director. The ED will be responsible for monitoring all FNP activities and leadership functions for the purpose of reporting to the Hospital’s Steering Committee, and the Family Advisory Council (FAC) of the FNP. The successful candidate will be a skilled and accountable leader who is able to develop and lead the implementation of program strategic goals, while fostering and inspiring performance excellence across the navigation team. With a track record of innovation in service delivery, the ED will excel at managing change in a team-based environment while ensuring a consultative and collaborative approach to achieving the shared vision.

Summary of duties

The Executive Director will:

  • Be responsible to update and renew the Strategic Plan for the FNP and will ensure that all functions of the FNP are measured against the Strategic Plan;
  • Lead in strategic planning and in the creation of the work plan derived from the Strategic Plan. to advance the vision and mission of the FNP
  • Be accountable for financial and resource management to achieve defined performance targets
  • Direct the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of an FNP services and functions based on best practices
  • Be responsible for leading the exploration (and eventual implementation, if appropriate) of regional and/or provincial and/or national expansion of FNP.
  • Support a relationship-based, family-centred approach to interprofessional navigation; support professional practice and academic activities; and support team building and staff development.
  • Ensure the program is operating within the governance structure and processes/policies of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Sunnybrook Research Institute.
  • Provide support for the Administrative Director (AD) and the Medical Director in their specific roles.
  • Provides leadership for strategic relationships/partnerships with a broad range of external stakeholders, including Ministries, LHINs, Organizations and Agencies, funders/donors and other community and/or health care providers. as part of ensuring the growth, development and sustainability of the program.
  • Collaborate with the Medical Director and Administrative Director as part of decision-making for the daily operations of the FNP.
  • Collaborate with the representatives of the voice of lived experience both through the FAC and through other mechanisms available to the FNP to inform the ED’s actions and decisions and ensure the FNP is responsive to the voice of lived experience.


  • Master’s Degree in Health Administration or equivalent
  • Significant experience at a senior level in mental health administration; relevant clinical knowledge an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge/training in strategic and operational planning
  • Significant financial and project management experience required
  • Understanding and knowledge of the youth mental health and addiction system in the GTA;
  • Experience working in a service or program with a client-centred model
  • Experience with creating and stewarding relationships with private donors/philanthropy
  • Excellent grant-writing skills
  • Ability to deal with complex strategic and program issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity and excellence in team-based environments
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, program evaluation processes
  • Superior analytical, problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • The following qualities are considered assets for the applicant:
    • An existing connection/experience with health-care and government system partners in the GTA and /or Ontario.
    • Experience in a family-centred work-place
    • An understanding and experience of the value to service provision of engaging ‘Lived Experience’

Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.