Acting Executive Director

LEAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. Our planting and education programs have been connecting residents to the urban forest for over two decades. Our service area includes Toronto, York Region and some municipalities within Durham Region. 

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional to join our team as Acting Executive Director, covering a one-year leave of absence. Preparations for the leave have been underway for some time and the organization is well-positioned to sustain it.  

The successful candidate will provide leadership and guidance throughout the leave, collaborating with other experienced team members. There will be a two month period of orientation and training prior to the Executive Director’s leave.  When the Executive Director returns from leave, the Acting Executive Director will move into a new position entitled Operations Director, continuing with many of the same responsibilities. The Executive Director will shift focus to longer-term sustainability and strategic planning. The Operations Director role will last for at least three months after the Executive Director returns, with the possibility to transition it to a full-time permanent position. 

In the role of Acting Executive Director, the successful candidate will:

  • Implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization with the help of Board and staff
  • Coordinate Board and committee meetings, developing and regularly reporting on strategic plans, program metrics and annual budgets
  • Ensure all organizational commitments are met and develop/maintain excellent working relationships with funders, partners and other stakeholders 
  • Maintain existing revenue streams and secure new sources of revenue, applying an organization-wide lens that prioritizes return on investment
  • Manage all finances, including overseeing the bookkeeper and facilitating the annual audit
  • Foster a positive work environment and motivate the team to effectively meet organizational goals
  • Work collaboratively with a three-person Management Team to oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization, including all programs as well as marketing and communications
  • Ensure compliance with all organizational policies
  • Perform other administrative responsibilities related to legal, insurance, staff benefits, etc.


  • A degree in urban forestry, environmental studies, non-profit management or related field (Master’s degree or post-graduate qualification preferred)
  • A comprehensive understanding of urban forest issues and a passion for making positive change
  • At least five years’ experience in a senior, non-profit management role including:
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising/revenue generation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a senior staff team collaboratively
  • Strong financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis and reporting 
  • Ability to interact professionally and skillfully with staff and volunteers, as well as external partners and stakeholders
  • Understanding of and experience working with volunteer Boards
  • Skills in motivating and bringing people together around a shared goals
  • Demonstrated initiative and autonomy
  • Superior organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to quickly assess and determine priorities and adhere to deadlines 
  • Proficiency in multitasking and problem-solving
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required; other IT skills considered a strong asset
  • The ability to work from home if needed, with access to a computer,  phone and internet
  • The ability to envision what is possible and the determination to bring that vision to life


  • Ideal start time will be mid to late May  
  • Length of the contract will be approximately 18 months, with the possibility to transition to full-time permanent in the role of Operations Director
  • Currently we are working remotely; however, this may change in the future. Our office is located at the Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto
  • Compensation is competitive and the successful candidate will be eligible for co-pay health/dental and other benefits after three months of employment. Paid sick days and unpaid personal days are also provided. There is some flexibility with hours of work. We value work/life balance so hours worked above 40/week are banked and taken off later by all staff, including management

Apply in confidence by emailing your resume and cover letter in one PDF document to the hiring committee: recruitment [at]  Applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 18, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed as they are submitted so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

No phone calls or in-person visits, please. We appreciate all applications, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

LEAF is committed to equity and inclusion and is dedicated to cultivating an environment where everyone feels able to bring their full selves to work. We celebrate diversity and encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ people, non-binary people, people of colour, Black people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities or any other equity-seeking individuals. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

The LEAF team values a healthy, respectful and pleasant work environment. Learn more about the LEAF work culture.