Autism Edmonton

Edmonton, AB


Opportunity Profile
Executive Director
Autism Edmonton


Since 1971, Autism Edmonton has been enhancing the lives of people on the autism spectrum through knowledge, services, and inclusive opportunities. With well over 2,000 members, the organization has become the “go-to” source connecting individuals, families and professionals with autism-related resources and services.


All people on the autism spectrum have a life full of possibilities.


To enhance the lives of people on the autism spectrum, through knowledge, services and inclusive opportunities.

In addition to the information summarized in the most current 2019-2020 Annual Report, the following foundational components are considered core to the vision of growth for Autism Edmonton:

  • Strategic Plan
  • Annual Work Plan
  • Governance Board Model
  • No Encumbrances
  • Registered Charity
  • Sound Fiscal Position
  • Developed Programing
  • Established and Developed Community Relationships
  • Dedicated and Supportive Membership (2,800+)


The Executive Director will be accountable to the Board of Directors (currently six). Autism Edmonton is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking individual to provide leadership in achieving the Vision and Mission of the organization and to grow the image and impact of the organization. The Executive Director will develop and optimize strategic linkages and partnerships with diverse stakeholders including funding partners, other agencies, community groups and government agencies to advance Autism Edmonton’s mandate.

The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board in building on and implementing Autism Edmonton’s strategic plan, as well as develop and implement an operational plan and budget that aligns with the strategic priorities. Similarly, they will work collaboratively with staff and stakeholders to guide work that supports the development and delivery of effective programs and services.


  • Comprehensive Reporting on the Implementation of the Strategic Vision
  • Staff Relations, Development and Engagement
  • Community, Membership and Stakeholder Engagement and Relations
  • Operations / Continuous Improvement of Services and Programs
  • Board Support and Engagement
  • Communications (all mediums)
  • Business Development and Opportunities
  • Evaluation, Measuring and Reporting
  • Organizational Development / Succession Planning
  • Fund Development Avenues
  • Fiscal Management
  • Planning
  • Advocacy


  •  Integrity and Trust
  • Respectful
  • Empathetic
  • Wants to Lead
  • Confident
  • Big Picture Thinker
  • Takes Initiative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Resilient
  • Actively Seeks Collaboration
  • Diplomatic and Tactful
  • Analytical and Problem Solver
  • Customer Service Oriented
  • Outgoing and Engaging
  • Welcomes Challenge
  • Conflict Resolution


  • Post-secondary education in business, finance, administration, or management.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in progressive leadership roles.
  • Combination of relevant education and extensive work experience will be considered.
  • Experience within the charity or not-for-profit sector an asset.
  • Strong fiscal management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Experience in fund development, events planning, and strategic grant writing.
  • Experience working with a board of directors and governance/oversight model.
  • Big picture thinking and comprehensive risk analysis.
  • Mature communication skills (written and verbal) combined with developed presentation skills.
  • Capacity to engage in advocacy, collaboration and building stakeholder relations.
  • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, including the membership, staff, board, persons on the autism spectrum, and as well as external stakeholders and organizations.
  • Understanding autism spectrum disorder, and related opportunities and challenges is an asset.
  • Embrace and employ a leadership style that is inclusive and accepting of diversity.
  • Foster a performance-oriented culture with support for continued education to develop staff.
  • Lead planning, continuous improvement and simultaneously manage multiple projects.


Compensation will be commensurate upon experience and skills consisting of an annual salary plus a benefits package. While the Executive Director role is a full-time position based on a regular work week, hours of work and schedules may vary. Professional development and continued education are supported.


Autism Edmonton is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that reflects our diverse community that we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply to join our team.


In compliance and consistent with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”), HumanEdge shall respect the privacy and confidentiality of all personal information provided directly or indirectly verbally, electronically or in print throughout the process of candidate engagement in our search assignments.

Expressions of interest and resumes may be sent in confidence to:

Ken Glover, BSc., RPR
Managing Partner, HumanEdge Global