Organization: Surrey Place
Reports to: Board of Directors
Location: Toronto, Ontario
About Surrey Place:
Located in Toronto, Surrey Place provides specialized clinical services that are responsive to individual’s needs and promote health and well-being.
Surrey Place helps children and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments reach their full potential, and employs a multi-disciplinary professional workforce of approximately 480 employees including, but not limited to, IBI and ABA therapy, behavioral therapy, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, speech language pathology, audiology, nursing, occupational therapy as well as other specialists.
As a lifespan organization, Surrey Place is the lead agency for autism services in Toronto and on behalf of the Ontario government operates Developmental Services Ontario for the Toronto region responsible for determining eligibility for adults with a developmental disability and linking them with available and appropriate services. Surrey Place is also the lead agency for the Children’s Special Needs Strategy in collaboration with community partners, and operates the MMW Video Conferencing program providing clinical supports, consultation and education in collaboration with Provincial Partners in Northwest Ontario. Surrey Place is the lead for the Dual Diagnosis Primary Care Initiative whose focus is to improve primary care for adults with developmental disabilities by creating best practice Guidelines and Tools. In addition, Surrey Place is the lead agency for the Specialized Network of Care in Toronto.
Surrey Place Centre serves over 13,000 clients a year with a $70 million annual budget and 12 locations in the GTA.
Surrey Place is affiliated with the University of Toronto and other academic institutions and is a teaching site for students in a variety of health care professions. Surrey Place is accredited by Accreditation Canada.
We help people of all ages with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder to lead healthy and socially inclusive lives using our exemplary skills in interdisciplinary clinical services, education and research. We provide many of our clinical services in both official languages, and where we do not, we refer to a French language service provider.
Living your potential – All your Life!
With a passionate commitment to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder and their families, we believe in:
Collaboration – We succeed by working together with our clients, families and community and government partners.
Accountability – We do what we say we will do and deliver the best possible results for the people we serve.
Innovation – We develop new ideas and approaches to share with the world.
Respect – We seek to understand before being understood and accept differences in a professional and caring manner.
Responsiveness – We respond to the needs of our clients and partners promptly and with excellence.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is the key senior staff leader of Surrey Place, guiding day-to- day management decisions and developing and implementing long- and short-term plans in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission and values. The CEO supports the governance mandate of the Board, and ensures that appropriate accountability, transparency and risk management practices are in place. The CEO has overall responsibility for agency operations and assets, the quality of programs and services, and for the allocation of both financial and human resources, including staff and volunteers. Ensuring effective communication of its mission and strategy with all stakeholders, the CEO builds successful and productive relationships with funders, donors, the broader community and with partners in the broader system, and provides leadership to relevant sector policy, initiatives and social changes.
In assuming this leadership position, the new CEO will want to focus on the following key priority areas:
As a trusted and credible leader, gain the confidence of and manage relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, internal and external;
Provide astute and compassionate leadership and direction for the organization;
Work closely with the Board in the finalization and implementation of the new strategic plan, and confirm appropriate priorities, structure and resources in support of the plan;
Build culture and inspire staff engagement and team work, aligned to vision, mission and values;
Work closely with the provincial government to shape, confirm and implement models of funding for autism services;
Explore mission-appropriate opportunities to enhance service offerings and diversify funding while ensuring alignment with organization’s focus;
Establish and play a leadership role in the sector as both advocate and advisor;
Collaborate and partner with others as appropriate to develop and embrace new directions and deliver best-in-class services to clients;
Strengthen excellence in research and clinical expertise and create better visibility of its exceptional work across and outside of the sector, bolstering reputation and brand awareness.
Surrey Place has grown significantly in recent years, both in type and size of programs, and today is one of the leading organizations dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and visual impairments. The diversity of programs and services offered are a core strength, and building its capacity in research and planning will further its ability to be both a “thought leader” and a “system leader”.
For this CEO, this is a wonderful opportunity to lead a well-regarded, reputable organization and influence meaningful change for Surrey Place and its staff, the sector, and the people who benefit from the services offered, including some who are the hardest to serve. Although sometimes challenging, the work of the organization and subsequent impact on people’s lives is also immensely gratifying.
The Ideal Candidate
Whether from the developmental and autism services sector or a relatable, tangential sector, the ideal candidate brings the requisite leadership capability to lead Surrey Place in the development, communication and implementation of strategy and plans to achieve the organization’s mission and goals:
Senior leadership experience with ability to provide vision, critically assess opportunities and risks, and lead and motivate an organization of size, including through periods of change and transition;
Background in a related clinical discipline with the ability to understand the breadth and depth of programs and services offered aligned to the complexity of populations served;
An inspiring, visible leader and a builder of positive culture, staff commitment and leadership capacity; a trustworthy, integrative change manager who provides transparency and clarity during times of ambiguity;
A connector with excellent, strategic relationship-building skills with all stakeholders including government/funders;
A collaborator and systems thinker who is effective at building partnerships and coalitions and can provide leadership, advocacy and support to the sector;
Business acumen and fiscal management responsibilities of relevant scale; data-informed and comfortable making major business decisions;
Can harness and mobilize organizational strengths with an eye for innovation and mission- appropriate opportunities;
Understands good governance principles in support of a volunteer Board;
Passionate and compassionate, and genuinely committed to improving the lives of people and families served.
Surrey Place is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.If you are contacted for an interview and require accommodation, appropriate arrangements will be made to assist you through this process
Should you have any questions regarding this important and meaningful opportunity, or wish to forward a cover letter and current resume for consideration by May 15, 2020, please contact:
Chris Sawyer, Partner
1 416 640 4312
Oksana Krupa, Project Coordinator
1 416 928 4612
Ed Perkovic, Vice President, Search Delivery
1 416 640 4311
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