NWPB is hiring a new CEO

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The Niagara Workforce Planning Board (NWPB), a not-for-profit organization, is offering an exciting leadership role opportunity as our CEO who is researched-focused and will be engaged in partnership building and revenue generation.

The Niagara Workforce Planning Board is one of 26 planning boards in Ontario funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. NWPB acts as Niagara’s authoritative voice for research by providing its various stakeholders (which include local municipalities, Niagara Region, Brock University, Niagara College, Niagara’s secondary school boards, businesses, business associations, and the social profit sector) with data and research on Niagara’s job market, population trends, and various Statistics Canada information. NWPB, as part of Ontario’s Local Boards Network, provides neutral and non-partisan labour market, economic, and demographic data to the Niagara region. Our organization works to provide our stakeholders with quality data and to ensure they are paired with compelling stories. In addition, NWPB acts as an organization which brings together various organizations to address workforce development issues.

The ideal candidate for this position is responsible for establishing and executing the major goals and objectives of NWPB activities, providing leadership, direction and guidance of NWPB activities and representing NWPB to regulatory bodies in particular the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, community and civic organizations and fee-for-service clients. The CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board of the NWPB.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maintains a competent, effective and engaged staff by providing appropriate direction, objective setting, and communication and performance management.
  • Determines staffing requirements with approval from the Board and develops job descriptions and salary/wage recommendations as required.  Recruits new staff as required.
  • Acts as the spokesperson for NWPB to the community and all external stakeholders and is the signing officer of the organization

Operations and Administration

  • Creates an annual budget for all NWPB activities and for funders as required and for approval by the Board. 
  • Creates an annual business plan for the organization's activities, including input from staff and the Board, for Board and funder approval; as required.
  • Prepares proposed action plans for Board review, consideration and approval when variances exist between actual results and plan.
  • Maintains full awareness of the complete financial and accounting records of the organization. Engages accountants to perform annual audits as required.
  • Ensures the activities of Research and Project Management staff are in accordance with project requirements and that partnerships are delivered as outlined in the business plan.

Strategic Planning

  • Work with Board of Directors, staff and key community stakeholders to build a multi-year NWPB strategic plan
  • Establish follow-up operational plans with metrics to ensure execution of strategic plan
  • Create and coordinate an assessment and evaluation of strategic plan goals

Board Governance

  • Ensure Board is equipped to perform its governing duties
  • Supports the Board with governance/policy/financial issues by initiating approved recommendations or actions.
  • Submits update reports to the Board and attends all Board meetings and committee meetings as required.
  • Provides advice and counsel on strategic matters of reputation, internal communication, and public affairs with the goals of enhancing or protecting corporate reputation.

Revenue Generation

  • Ensures NWPB produces an annual balanced year end budget and generates modest annual surpluses that contribute to the reserve fund
  • Creates and executes a revenue strategy that expands our sources beyond Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities funding.
  • Writes proposals for grants and funding in order to find additional sources of funds for the organization.

Partnerships and Community Involvement

  • Represents the organization and actively maintains ongoing dialogue with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Represents the organization in meetings with community partner organizations and local committees, and provides any other representation that may be required from time to time.
  • Participates in community collaborative initiatives, planning and coordination activities.
  • Acts as a catalyst in bringing together and building workforce development partnerships in Niagara.


  • A university degree in business, public administration or related field (master’s degree preferred)
  • 5 years of leadership experience in the public or nonprofit sector
  • Experience leading small teams and working with a board of directors


  • Experience working with provincial or federal ministers funders
  • Demonstrated success in creating innovation and new revenue as a nonprofit
  • Superior communication skills and comfort acting as organization spokesperson
  • Relationship builder and able to collaborate with diverse community stakeholders
  • Understanding and appreciation for research and workforce development issues
  • Expected to travel to various meetings and participate within community committees etc.

This description of duties and responsibilities is intended to describe the typical scope of work for the CEO. The CEO may also be required to perform other lawful and reasonable duties for the successful completion of projects or to further the goals and interests of NWPB as may be required from time to time.


Will be based on experience and qualifications. This position includes comprehensive benefits.


Applications will be accepted until midnight on June 21, 2019. Applicants are to send their cover letter and resume as MS Word or PDF attachments via email with "Application: NWPB CEO" in the subject line in confidence to Lisa Cairns via email: lisa@niagaraworkforceboard.ca
NWPB is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), individuals requiring accommodation during the application/recruitment process should advise Lisa Cairns, so arrangements can be made. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

We thank all who apply, however, only those selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted. No phone calls please. For more information about NWPB, please refer to our website: www.niagaraworkforce.ca

43 Church Street, Suite 705  |  St. Catharines  |  L2R 7E1  |  T:  905 641 0801
Email:  info@niagaraworkforceboard.ca  |  Twitter:  @NWPB  |  Web:  niagaraworkforce.ca