Join the Team

Would you like to be part of a leading, equality-seeking organization fighting violence against women, advocating for change, and working to build inclusive, empowering community for survivors of sexual violence?

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to fill the role of Executive Director, leading ORCC staff, students, and volunteers as they deliver services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and seek to effect systemic change in the community and as part of a larger national movement.

About the ORCC

The ORCC is committed to fostering a space that is anti-racist, trans & queer-centered, anti-oppressive, anti-colonialist, and feminist. We define our shared values within a third-wave, intersectional feminist understanding, which acknowledges the ways that different systems of oppression perpetuate and underpin the existence of sexual and gender-based violence, and also impact the ways in which these forms of violence are experienced within our communities. In order to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, we must always be working to end all systems of oppression.

Our core services include a 24/hr volunteer-run Crisis Line, short and long-term individual counselling and group counselling, advocacy and accompaniment, and public education workshops and trainings. All of our support services are completely confidential and offered free of charge to all cis and trans women, trans men, two-spirit, and gender non-binary survivors over the age of 16.

We are seeking an Executive Director to provide strong leadership and work with staff, board members, students, and volunteers to articulate and realise a new set of strategic goals to guide the development and delivery of our programs and services in the years to come.

Position: Executive Director

Type: Permanent, Full Time

Salary: $70,000 (negotiable), plus pension, health and dental benefits and generous leave entitlements

The Executive Director will build collaborative working relationships within the Centre as well as across our communities, to strengthen the accessibility and effectiveness of core programs and services. The Executive Director will also be responsible for ensuring the financial health of the organization by fostering relationships with funders and donors, seeking new funding sources, and actively supporting fundraising initiatives.

Not only will the Executive Director share the ORCC’s values as defined above, they will bring the leadership, insight, and concrete plans needed to renew the Centre’s policies and procedures, putting us in a position to respond effectively to the concerns and realities of survivors in Ottawa today. The ED will be expected to demonstrate accountability, self-awareness, and a collaborative spirit in order to facilitate a positive and healthy environment.

Minimum of five years progressive management experience in community organization

Demonstrated experience in strategic and business planning

Proven knowledge and evidence of commitment to intersectional, trans- and queer-centered feminisms, anti-racist, anti-oppression, and anti-colonial values and practices

Understanding of gender-based violence and rape crisis work

Experience working within marginalized communities

Demonstrated ability to network, build relationships, and work with diverse stakeholders across sectors

Understanding of and experience with financial administration (including organizational budgets, grant writing, fundraising strategies, donor stewardship, and data management)

Competency in developing and implementing policies and procedures that are in line with shared values and organizational vision

Ability to deal effectively with media on complex issues

Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and conflict resolution skills

Exceptional organizational and time management skills, as well as strong professional and personal boundaries

Strong written and oral communication skills

Experience in non-profit management or board governance

Human resources experience, familiarity with labour laws and relevant legislation

Knowledge of Ottawa and Ontario community resources related to sexual and gender-based violence and marginalized communities

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a one-page vision statement describing your commitment to ensuring the voices and experiences of marginalized communities are at the centre of the ORCC’s services. Please provide all documents in confidence to by May 15, 2019, using “ORCC Executive Director” in the subject line.

The ORCC seeks to reflect the diverse realities of survivors in our communities. As such, individuals of colour, trans and queer individuals, Indigenous individuals, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If any job applicant requires an accommodation in order to participate in this recruitment process, please feel free to indicate your needs via e-mail to and every effort will be made to meet your needs.

No phone calls or emails please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that references may be consulted prior to an interview.