Executive Brief

Chief Impact Officer
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

November 2023

Position Description: Chief Impact Officer

Position Description

The Chief Impact Officer (CIO) is a senior executive position, reporting to the President/CEO. This role has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Foundation’s child welfare impact efforts. The CIO will develop and implement strategies to advance the Foundation’s mission and strategic vision to achieve better outcomes and ultimately impact systemic change for the children and families involved in Canada’s child welfare system(s). The position will be part of the senior leadership team, which drives the overall strategic plan for the Foundation.

The CIO will lead the Impact Team, overseeing the creation of child welfare impact strategies, as well as annual operational plans in alignment with the Foundation’s areas of focus and priority populations articulated in the Foundation’s Strategic Plan.

The CIO will oversee the Foundation’s grants program and the application of approaches to address and positively impact the Foundation’s priority populations: children and families at risk, children living in government care, and youth transitioning out of care.

This role maintains strong knowledge of child welfare, equity and inclusion, and social change issues. The role cultivates relationships in the non-profit, public and private sectors to inform, leverage and maximize the use of resources and effective community solutions. This position provides leadership in developing, promoting, and maintaining solid partner collaborations with corporations, foundations, donors, agency partners, social scientists/academics, other non-profits, and provincial and federal government partners.

The CIO oversees Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s (CAFC) evaluation process, which defines what is measured to demonstrate impact through collaboration with partners to learn from findings and improve overall impact. This work includes convening partners, building coalitions, forging common agendas, organizing community awareness, initiating grants, overseeing third party evaluation and measurement of program investments, and leveraging other external resources.

Successful candidates must have the professional presence and depth and breadth of experience to credibly represent Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada publicly. Success also requires a commitment to high-functioning partnerships within all areas of the foundation, including fundraising, donor relations, operations, data analytics, marketing and communications, and volunteer engagement. This position requires a commitment to being data-informed in developing and executing strategies, with clear metrics and outcomes identified.


Specific Accountabilities

Vision and Strategic Planning

Community Impact and Direction

Team Leadership and Management

The Ideal Candidate Profile

As an ideal candidate, you are a highly driven, focused, and experienced leader, skilled at building strong relationships and communicating with diverse audiences at any level. You are a natural networker who seeks evidence-based solutions to systemic problems in a thoughtful way. You are motivated by purpose, have a bias to action, and are passionate about serving the community that CAFC supports. Given your strategic thinking, analytical skills and focus on continuous improvement, you are seen as a catalyst for change and growth, aligning strong program development with measurable outcomes. You are a highly accountable and inspiring leader who energizes and engages the teams you work with to foster a culture of transformation, inclusivity, and excellence in all aspects of your impact work. The organization will benefit from your sound judgment, decisiveness, and your ability to be a thought leader, both internally and externally, at the senior level.




The CIO should be/have:

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