Seeking Executive Director

Application Deadline: June 12, 2018

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is hiring an Executive Director to lead the organization. We are looking for an experienced leader who is passionate about working to address discrimination in housing.

CERA was founded in 1987 as a province-wide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting human rights in housing. Our work is founded on a belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all people. It is in this spirit that we carry out all of our initiatives, which share the common goal of intervening in cycles of discrimination that disproportionately affect low-income and marginalized individuals in the housing market. Through public education, advocacy and law reform CERA works to address barriers preventing individuals from accessing and maintaining housing. We are a leader in our field, using human rights law to address homelessness and poverty.


The Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

Operations Management

  • Oversee planning, implementation and delivery of all of the organization’s projects and services
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Work with the Board of Directors in the fulfillment of the strategic plan Key Goals
  • Maintain a work and service environment free from harassment and discrimination
  • Provide oversight for the Human Rights & Housing Tenant Hotline, which provides free legal information and tenant advocacy

Financial Management

  • Oversee the financial health of the organization
  • Prepare budgets and regular financial reports for the Board of Directors
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget

Board Engagement

  • Communicate regularly with the Board of Directors about the operation of the organization and prepare reports for monthly Board Meetings
  • Serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities including the direction of the organization, its programs and services and the financial health of the organization

Human Resources

  • Supervise and train staff, students and volunteers
  • Respond to employee and personnel matters

Policy Reform & Community Development

  • Lead policy reform efforts to improve housing regulation and policy, including participation in international, federal, provincial, and municipal processes
  • Engage in outreach and build community partnerships
  • Strengthen the organization’s presence in the community


  • Oversee and engage in fund development strategies to raise revenue for the organization
  • Complete funding applications to secure ongoing funding for the organization


  • An understanding of human rights law and landlord and tenant law and a thorough knowledge of housing and homelessness issues.
  • A passion for strategic management and demonstrated experience in leadership role(s)
  • Experience developing and implementing innovative funding strategies, managing projects, and forging and maintaining strong relationships with funding and partner organizations.
  • Expertise in organizational management and budget oversight
  • Experience successfully managing staff, academic interns and volunteers.
  • Experience with direct client services and interacting with the public.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills across platforms.
  • Expertise balancing multiple priorities and harnessing the talents of a small group of dedicated and diverse staff, students and volunteers.
  • Ability to maintain an open, positive, respectful and exciting work environment where staff, students and volunteers are supported and valued.
  • A demonstrated interest in working towards ending discrimination and housing insecurity and belief that it is important to help people facing these issues.
  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors is an asset.
  • Being a lawyer or paralegal in good standing would be considered an asset.

Terms of position:

This is a permanent full-time position that offers a generous benefits package. The salary range for this position is from $65,000 to $70,000, and includes group benefits. Flexible work arrangements are possible.

To apply:

All applicants are asked to submit the following:

  1. A cover letter; and
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae;

Please submit your application to:

Katie Plaizier, Interim Executive Director

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

164 – 215 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2C7


Application submitted via email must be sent as a single PDF document with the subject line “Application for Executive Director”.

We thank all applicant for their interest, however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

CERA is committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve, and welcomes applications from individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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