Chief Operating Officer, StepStones for Youth

Toronto ON

StepStones for Youth (StepStones) began as a volunteer-run, overnight summer camp for girls aged 6-14 who had experienced abuse, trauma, and neglect. Many of these girls were growing up in foster care and StepStones recognized as the summer ended, there was a gap in services for these young girls that was negatively impacting their performance at school and their personal trajectories. Their forced exit from the foster care system at age 18 without any support, was producing devastating outcomes for youth.


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will build operational effectiveness and strengthen the organization of StepStones. The COO is responsible for the strategic and operational management of StepStones, with a budget of 3 million and 25 staff. The new COO will work with established funders and key stakeholders to support young people aged 10-25 who are or have been involved in Canada's Child Protection Service. The COO will work closely with the ED to mobilize a dedicated team, optimize organizational resources, identify new programs and ensure the financial sustainability of the charity. 


A change leader, you are comfortable with ambiguity and are energized by complex challenges. You have built impressive credentials in planning, team building, budgeting, marketing and performance management. You have been a passionate champion of your organization’s culture. You are passionate about the work you do; you will bring both expertise and energy to the organization.      


To fill this position, StepStones for Youth has partnered with leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online.


For more information, please contact Amelia Keller of Odgers Berndtson.


We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


StepStones for Youth 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 Odgers Berndtson and StepStones for Youth throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.


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