Thank you for your interest. We hiring an Executive Director. Send your application to by Tuesday, August 17th at 1159pm. The link to the Charity Village Posting is here



About Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO) is seeking a new Executive Director (ED). Reporting to the volunteer Board of Directors (the Board), the ED is responsible for leading our knowledgeable and motivated staff, overseeing operations, and fulfilling the organization’s mission and vision.

PPO is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization that provides a range of services and resources for people in the Ottawa area to make healthy and informed decisions about their health, bodies, and relationships. Education, counselling, information and referral services are available in a safe environment, free of judgement and a full understanding of options and choices that best suit our client needs.

PPO is committed to diversifying its staff and ensuring that a variety of life experiences are represented in our programs and supports — and reflect the diversity of our clients in this region. As such, we are prioritizing candidates who are:

  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis
  • Members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities
  • Members of racialized communities
  • People with invisible and/or visible disabilities
  • Experiencing multiple intersecting marginalizations
  • People with lived experience in or supporting the sex work industry

PPO is a humble and imperfect organization that acknowledges sexual health and reproductive service providers have in the past undermined the well-being of clients, particularly members of oppressed groups. PPO is committed to continually learning, working to do better, and cementing anti-oppression practices. For example, an objective of our strategic plan is to ensure that policies, staff and volunteer training, and service delivery are equitable and in line with organizational anti-oppression values and framework by 2024. PPO is also a participant in Kind Space’s SafetyLabs project, which works to“build more caring, intentional, connected, and accountable communities.”

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

It is the responsibility of the ED to establish PPO’s strategic plan, develop collaboratively, regularly monitor and evaluate, and successfully implement. Reporting to the Board, the ED will oversee how PPO will carry out the strategic plan in alignment with our mission and values. The Board relies on the ED to identify opportunities and risks (both programming and operational), make informed recommendations and take initiative to develop solutions.

As the direct leader to PPO’s staff, the ED is a role model on how to operationalize our values and mission. The ED is an important source of coaching and development. It is the responsibility of the ED to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace—one where anti-colonialist and anti-oppression practices help dismantle power imbalances (e.g. full-time or contract positions) and eliminate classism, racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression.

Relationship and Partnership Building

Relationships are everything to PPO and central to delivering high-quality, safe programming, securing sustainable funding, and advancing our mandate. The ED is responsible for creating, maintaining, and growing trusting relationships both inside and outside of the organization. For example, PPO regularly collaborates with all levels of government on projects, as well as other locally focused 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations.

It is the responsibility of the ED to directly manage PPO’s talented staff and support our network of volunteers. Externally, the ED fosters relationships and partnerships with community stakeholders, priority client communities, donors, governments, media, and the public.

Financial Sustainability and Fundraising

As a non-profit leader, the ED is responsible for ensuring the financial health and sustainability of PPO. In addition to careful and regular budgetary oversight the ED performs various fundraising duties, including: sourcing restricted and unrestricted funding; advising the volunteer fundraising committee; supporting fundraising activities/events; and, donor and major giving relations.


  • More than three years’ recent experience working in a not-for-profit, charitable environment acting as an executive or senior leader, or in a managerial or supervisory capacity
  • Demonstrable understanding of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and intersectionality with race, colour, sex or gender, sexual orientation, religion, income, (dis)ability, mental health, addiction and gender-based violence, as well as transformative justice and accountability processes
  • Authentic and transparent communications skills, with experience leading and motivating a dedicated team of full-time, part-time, and contract staff and fostering a positive and engaged workplace
  • Experience in leading or supporting the development and implementation of strategic plans
  • Demonstrated success in building and implementing fundraising strategies with diversified and sustainable sources (e.g. grant writing, campaigns, donors, major gifts, etc.)
  • Ability to set priorities and boundaries amongst multiple high priority projects of varying size and scope, ensuring PPO people and material resources are appropriately allocated to deliver on organizational priorities, while nurturing the development and well-being of staff.
  • Strong organizational skills and abilities to work independently, in a remote work environment or on a dispersed team
  • Knowledge of budget setting, forecasting, and financial management best practices
  • Excellent interpersonal capacity to build longstanding and dynamic relationships with donors, partners, and community members
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and ease with public speaking
  • Confidence and knowledge with both social and traditional media outreach
  • Experience with organizational operations considered an asset
  • Ability to champion PPO’s mission and values
  • An unwavering commitment to social justice, feminist, and anti-oppressive principles and practices
  • A strong personal commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

Asset Qualifications

  • Advanced post-secondary education, diploma or equivalent professional/lived experience
  • Ability to communicate in two or more languages
  • A strong understanding of the landscape of SRH health and rights in Canada
  • Understanding of Canadian and Ontario non-profit policy, structural, and financial obligations


To apply, email with:

  • A brief cover email stating the position you’re applying for
  • Your résumé

And, please answer one of the following questions:

  1. Planned Parenthood Ottawa has gone through numerous changes in the last five years. For example, our team has grown and contracted from four to 12, back down to six. We’ve had several different executive directors and rotating board members. With this limited information, what strategies would you employ to bring stability and consistency to the organization?
  2. Planned Parenthood carries the heavy history and legacy of Margaret Sanger, a proponent of dangerous and racist eugenics. PPO also has its own oppressionist history, originally being named the Ottawa Society for Population Planning in 1961. How would you begin to approach this history, repairing the harm it’s caused and building a new anti-oppression foundation?

In an effort to de-privilege the written word we would welcome applications in any of the following formats:

  • Text (maximum 500 words)
  • Slide deck (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides; maximum 10 slides)
  • Video or voice memo (maximum 5 minutes in length)

Please submit your application by Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Applications will only be accepted via email and must contain your résumé and question response to be considered. Please reference the job title in the subject line of your application. Accommodations will be made to dismantle colonial interview practices. Please do not hesitate to inform us of a need for accommodation at any point in the application process.

Notice: compact(): Undefined variable: limits in /home/ppottawa/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php on line 853

Notice: compact(): Undefined variable: groupby in /home/ppottawa/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php on line 853