Executive Director

The Organization

Tamir is an Ottawa-based social service agency, rooted in the Jewish community, that is dedicated to assisting people with developmental disabilities realize their potential through opportunities for personal growth and community involvement. Programs and services include residential services (group living, time share respite, supported independent living and outreach), day programs (recreation and leisure, supported employment and volunteer match), Judaic outreach programs (community shabbat dinner, holiday celebrations, choir, visual arts programs) and Keshet for Kids (summer camp experiences for children and teenagers).

The agency is in sound financial condition with an annual operating budget of approximately $9 million and a staff of 100 unionized employees. Tamir has been recognized for innovative programming and high performance and consistently achieves excellent audit results from their primary funder, the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

The Opportunity

Due to the upcoming retirement of their long-serving Executive Director, Tamir is seeking a new professional staff leader with demonstrated experience in relationship-building and revenue generation as well as a passion for human services to advance and build upon the excellence of the organization’s work. The ED will have primary responsibility for managing, guiding, integrating and developing the professional team at Tamir and represent the agency both within the Jewish community and the community at-large, enabling it to maintain and grow its presence among participants, partners and donors.


A demonstrated track record of providing visionary leadership, strategic direction and effecting change in multi-layered, complex organizations.
Proven success building partnerships and programs including (preferably) within the Jewish community.
Adept at dealing with professional and business issues affecting a variety of internal and external stakeholders, with an ability to organize and manage multiple ongoing projects in a fast-changing environment.
A demonstrated track record dealing with significant challenges involving client and families, HR, financial resources, agency policy and other issues which involve risk to the people Tamir supports and/or the organization.
Training and demonstrated experience in strategic and long-term planning, organizational development, risk management, administrative, financial and operational planning and execution.
A proven track record of effective staff and financial resource management, and of leading and managing innovative growth and change.
Skills in program design, planning, management and evaluation, quality improvement and advocacy, and an ability to establish and lead successful partnerships.
Experience in the non-profit management sector, in social services, developmental services or a relevant field.
Personal experience inspiring, engaging and managing the continual and dynamic involvement of volunteers and providing strategic leadership and good governance practice to volunteer boards of directors and committees.
Familiarity with the Jewish community and an appreciation of and commitment to Jewish values; comfort advocating on related issues.


Ottawa is Canada’s capital and a dynamic city of nearly one million people. It is located in the province of Ontario and is a city steeped in the richness of Canadian history and culture. Ottawa’s robust economy centres on two major sectors – high technology and the federal government and related services. Both sectors offer high-paying jobs for knowledge workers in a stable environment and account for 37% of Ottawa's total gross domestic product (GDP). Home to world-class museums, galleries, live performances, festivals and Winterlude, there is always something to discover. Ottawa is an active city all year round. Summer offers an impressive number of outdoor hiking, biking and walking trails that connect neighbourhoods and suburbs. In winter, Ottawa boasts the world’s longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal. A UNESCO World Heritage site, ski resorts, cottages and wilderness are all within an hour’s drive. The nation’s capital houses many embassies, consulates and missions, adding an international character to the city. With so many cultures mingling and mixing, Ottawa has an impressive variety of restaurants and cultural diversity that is second to none.

Ottawa’s Jewish Community

Ottawa’s growing Jewish community of 15,000 strong is more than 100 years old and enjoys a rich heritage. They have a mix of diverse age ranges with a large baby-boomer population and many children and young adults. Close to one-third of the people in the community are under the age of 25. At its heart is the Jewish Community Campus, which is located in the west end at Broadview and Kerr Avenues. The campus is home to the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation, the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, the InfoCentre, Ottawa Jewish Archives, The Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge (a long-term senior’s care facility), the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Tamir (main office and day program facilities for adults with developmental disabilities), as well as offices for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin newspaper, Jewish National Fund and Na’amat Ottawa. There are also 11 synagogues, which include the Chabad, Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist branches of Judaism. In the past several years, there has been an influx of new and transformative leadership in the community including a new CEO of Federation, a new Head of School for the Ottawa Jewish Community School, new Executive Directors for Hillel Lodge and Jewish Family Services (JFS), and new Rabbis at several of the major congregations.

Application Instructions:

A detailed position profile is available upon request.
Siegel Executive Search Solutions Inc., member of the Executive Search Alliance, is advising JFS Ottawa on the basis of an exclusive consulting assignment.
Interested applicants may explore this opportunity in confidence by submitting a resume no later than December 18, 2019. The publication of this advertisement is neither an assurance that an applicant will be hired, nor that the position will be held open for any specific period of time in the event that a suitable candidate for the position is identified at an earlier date. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those who are considered for an interview will be contacted.

Notice to Candidates: Applications are reviewed by a 3rd Party Recruiter or other Service Provider.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

Job Location
11 Nadolny Sachs Private, Suite # 218
Ottawa Canada


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