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Current Opportunities:

Executive Director — February 2021

With the assistance of Odgers Berndtson, the Samara Centre for Democracy is hiring an Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this role is an ideal opportunity for an outgoing, talented strategic leader who will carry out the Samara Centre’s mission and inject fresh insight and perspective into the organization and continue building on its impressive accomplishments.

The Executive Director serves as a principal spokesperson and representative of the organization. A fundamental function of the Executive Director role is to promote the Samara Centre as an active advocate for advancing the health of democracy in Canada through quality research and outreach.

As the successful candidate, you have the exceptional ability of executing on a vision and strategy. You understand the demands of leading a not-for-profit organization and are adept at fostering a culture of inclusion, empowerment, collaboration, innovation, and resourcefulness. You have the breadth and depth of experience needed to challenge the status quo and rally the organization behind the organization’s vision and strategic pursuits. Your passion for democracy will inspire the Samara Centre to take bold and decisive actions to continue adding significant value to the democratic ecosystem. A compelling and inspirational speaker, you are known for your well-honed diplomatic skills and superb communication skills. As the face and voice of the organization, you are comfortable speaking with the media, government officials, and donors, as well as addressing large audiences.

Success in this challenging role will require a special combination of leadership excellence, strong intellectual abilities and personal qualities that transfer well to a nonprofit leadership position. A relevant university degree and at least ten years of professional experience, with at least five in a leadership role, preferably relating to public policy, research, economics, journalism, democracy advancement, or politics, are required.

For more information and to apply, please view the candidate brief or contact Mary-Katherine Bouchard at [email protected]


The Samara Centre for Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both the Samara Centre and Odgers Berndtson throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.
We 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.