1.0 Profile of Sheena’s Place
Sheena’s Place is Toronto’s first community-based agency and charitable organization that supports individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders to overcome barriers with valuable services at all stages of recovery. It is well known for serving people via a highly qualified professional delivery of its therapeutic framework, including life skills and support programs with trauma-informed and harm reduction approaches. It also connects clients to eating disorder treatment and support centres, while concurrently offering those individuals group therapy programs before, during and after treatment.
The organization’s goal is to transform lives, build community and eliminate stigma through the demonstration of compassion and creating caring relationships built on acceptance, trust and honesty. All those involved at Sheena’s Place believe in the inherent dignity of all people and recognize that eating disorders do not discriminate based on income, age, gender, sexual orientation, race ethnicity or ability. It is committed to ensuring that everyone has equitable access to support with the belief that it can accomplish more when everyone works together to achieve shared goals.
Sheena’s Place plays an important role in the broader mental health community. Eating disorders have the highest death rate of all mental illnesses and are the third most common type of chronic illness among Canadian youth.
The doors to Sheena’s Place were officially opened in 1996 after its founding members rose from personal tragedy and their subsequent identified need for resources to support those with eating disorders.
Over the last 5 years alone, Sheena’s Place has:
Sheena’s Place offers free services with no waitlists and where no diagnosis is required. Groups and programs are led by mental health professionals in fields such as psychology, social work and art therapy. Four types of groups are offered throughout the year: support groups, expressive art groups, body image groups and skill building groups. Most programs run 10 to 12 weeks with up to 15-20 participants in each session.
Over the next three years, as driven by its Strategic Plan, Sheena’s Place’s focus will be on building its current strengths, while being responsive to changing community needs and opportunities.
This Strategic Plan is framed as follows:
Vision: Transform lives, build community, eliminate stigma
Mission: We support individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders to overcome barriers and provide effective, community-based services at all stages of recovery
Compassion: We demonstrate compassion by caring relationships that are built on acceptance, trust, and honesty.
Dignity – We believe in the inherent dignity of all people and respect their right to be valued and accepted without judgement.
Inclusion – We recognize that eating disorders do not discriminate based on income, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or ability, and are committed to ensuring that everyone has equitable access.
Collaboration – We believe that we can accomplish more when we work together to achieve shared goals.
Excellence – We provide evidence-informed and effective practices and services, delivered by highly qualified professionals.
The Plan itself has the following inter-related and inter-dependent directions:
Optimizing the Model of Care:
Building Awareness of Eating Disorders and Sheena’s Place:
Generating Sustainable Revenue:
Strengthening Organizational Capacity and Competencies:
The Board of Directors is now seeking an Executive Director who will champion this Plan and lead the organization in its continuing objective to provide meaningful support to those impacted by eating disorders and, more broadly, to have impact within the broader mental health community.
2.0 Key Contacts
Susan Walker, M.B.A
Chair, Board of Directors
Susan Walker has been a Board Director of Sheena’s Place for 5+ years and has occupied the Chair role since May 2018. She also advises the United Way as part of the Strategic Resource Development Committee, reporting directly to the board. She has expertise in marketing strategy through past roles with Kraft General Foods, Coca-Cola Ltd., and consulting engagements in both profit and non-profit organizations. She has a degree in Psychology from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Beth Adams, M.Ed., C.P.A.
Member of the Board of Directors and HR Sub-Committee
Selection Committee Member
Beth Adams has recently joined Habitat for Humanity GTA to provide leadership to the HR, Marketing and Communication and Family Service teams, in addition to the overall organization’s strategy. She is a CPA by training and has had the pleasure of a career that has spanned time at KPMG, CIBC and most recently, Quandl, a Toronto-based fin-tech start-up that was acquired by Nasdaq in 2018.
3.0 The Position – Overview
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive at Sheena’s Place and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of the organization. Together, the Executive Director and the Board assure Sheena’s Place’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of its mission and vision, and the accountability of the organization to its diverse stakeholders.
The next Executive Director of Sheena’s Place will be a passionate leader, advocating on behalf of the people that the organization services, at local and systemic levels. The ideal candidate will:
Priorities in the first 12 months:
In place to support the incoming Executive Director:
Reports to: Board of Directors
Board Standing Committees: Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Communication, Fundraising, Clinical Advisory
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Senior Development Officer
Registrar and Program Administrator
Director of Finance
Other contract workers, as needed
As a key voice of the organization, the ED also interacts with: clients, current and potential donors (individuals, corporations, foundations), corporate sponsors, government officials, volunteers, media, partner organizations, other leaders/representatives in the mental health community.
Collaboratively implement the strategic and operational plans of the organization with alignment to Sheena’s Place’s vision, mission and value statements.
Financial, Risk Management and Governance
Program and Operational Planning and Management
Human Resources Management
Experience, Skills and Attributes:
7.0 Application Information & Selection Process
To apply: By November 15th, 2019, qualified applicants are invited to submit their CV and letter of interest to Beth Adams - bethadams105 @gmail.com
Questions about the position? Contact Beth Adams - bethadams105 @gmail.com
We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
1. Declare your Candidacy If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV and letter of interest per the instructions above.
2. Review of Credentials When we receive your expression of interest, we will review your background and experience against those of other candidates and Sheena Place’s needs.
3. Introductory Interviews and Due Diligence Should your background and experience meet our requirements, we will invite you to come in for an interview with our selection committee. It is during this interview that we will ask more about your experiences, skills, and working style and give you the opportunity to learn more about Sheena’s Place. Our goal is to look for a potential fit and interest from both parties.
We would ask you to take some time to consider the compensation and the cultural fit with the organization. Please come prepared to discuss what you need in an organization to help you thrive.
4. Board/Staff Panel Interviews
If you are chosen to move forward and are invited back for a set of second interviews, you will be asked for two advocates (early references) who can speak to your track record.
During this phase, you will meet with some of our Board members, as well as our outgoing Executive Director and key staff representatives at a panel session. You will also be asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation for the panel on a relevant topic to the ED role at Sheena’s Place. The topic and outline for the presentation will be forwarded to you such that you have at least least one week’s time to prepare.
If you are not chosen to move forward, we will advise you immediately and provide you with feedback as to the rationale for this decision.
We do our utmost to protect the confidentiality of your candidacy throughout the search.
5. Final Phase
Once the final round of interviews is complete, we will inform you as soon as possible as to the status of your candidacy. If you are the finalist, you will be made an offer that is contingent upon the completion of your references. We will at this time ask for your final references which will include: 2 direct reports, 2 colleagues/volunteers or board members and 2 managers to whom you have reported.
6. Dates to Note in Your Calendar:
Deadline for applications: November 15th, 2019
Selection Committee Interviews: By November 30th, 2019
Final Interviews: By December 20th, 2019
Ideal Start Date: January 6th, 2020
Resume Accuracy: Please know that Sheena’s Place verifies the contents of CV’s and conducts background checks. If there is anything we need to know, we ask you to disclose this to us as early as possible in the process.
Job Type: Full-time