September 9, 2021

Vice President, Public Engagement

  • Deadline: 30/09/2021
  • Location: Ottawa or Toronto
  • Organization: CARE Canada
  • Salary:
Full Time

Established in 1946, CARE Canada is a Canadian charitable organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. CARE Canada is one of the oldest members of CARE International and has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most respected humanitarian and development organizations, reaching 92.3 million people in 104 countries around the world. CARE Canada’s top priority is helping women and girls in developing countries lift themselves and their families out of poverty and crisis, its transformational programming bringing together talent, resources, and expertise to unlock women’s leadership for a gender-just future. Furthermore, with the global pandemic having exacerbated deep structural inequities in global economies, health care systems, and societies, it is a pivotal time to lead change and transform CARE Canada to be future ready, reimagine its mission, and inspire Canadian investment, to realize a safe, healthy, and dignified livelihood for every woman and her community. For more information about CARE Canada, please visit

In this inaugural and critical leadership role, the VP, Public Engagement will oversee CARE Canada’s externally facing initiatives, including its revenue generation (philanthropic, institutional and market-based approaches), program design and development, policy and advocacy, and marketing, communications, and annual giving efforts. An integral member of the executive leadership team, the VP will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer and provide inspirational leadership to a mission-driven team. They will serve as an ambassador, champion, thought leader and bridge builder within the CARE International family, and between CARE Canada and its public and private investors, peers, and government stakeholders. The VP will be fundamental in inspiring Canadians to join in on CARE Canada’s journey with a brave and bold voice, innovative partnerships, and sustainable, balanced revenue sources.

The VP position calls for a seasoned, well-respected, and highly motivated leader with a demonstrated passion for CARE Canada’s charitable mission and purpose, an acute awareness of social justice and international development issues, and a deep and abiding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. An excellent communicator, relationship builder and strategist, the VP will bring a strong network of relevant contacts and the ability to identify, develop and diversify potential partnerships with private, institutional, and philanthropic partners through market-based approaches, to amplify CARE’s mission of ending poverty and injustice.

The ideal candidate will possess a university degree in Arts or Business Administration, a proven track record of implementing transformational change and overall strategy, and previous fundraising experience gained in a senior leadership position. To be successful in the role, the VP must be a strategic collaborator and strong facilitator with an ability to foster respectful and collegial relationships with internal and external stakeholders. They will be a compassionate and caring team player who will mentor, motivate, and empower others and foster greater cohesion within their team and with other units. The VP will bring demonstrated success working within a diplomatic, multi-national environment and the ability to manage multiple competing and frequently changing priorities. They will exercise sound judgement, tact, and discretion in all interactions and develop credibility and respect with CARE Canada’s high-performing Board of Directors.

CARE Canada and Odgers Berndtson are committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace; we welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, racially visible persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others.

In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and CARE Canada throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

How to apply:

To apply for this extraordinary leadership opportunity with CARE Canada, please submit a cover letter outlining your reasons for interest, together with a current CV to ideally no later than September 30th, 2021.

Jennifer Klug