Chief Development Officer – PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION

To help drive our important mission, Pathways to Education is seeking a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to lead our public and private resource development activities and strategically grow Pathways’ $38M+ revenue base to ensure we can help more students and support long-term organizational sustainability.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Chief Development Officer will be an integral member of a highly collaborative senior leadership team and will work closely with Pathways’ Board of Directors and fundraising volunteers. As a manager and mentor, the CDO will lead a strong and dedicated team of 20 resource development and government relations professionals who have the responsibility to secure and service government agreements, fundraising operations, stewardship activities, fundraising planning, and all philanthropic giving (major gifts, corporate partnerships, annual, sponsorship, and events).  Salary Range:  $190,000 – $230,000

Posted On:  June 3, 2024

Closing On:  June 28, 2024

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $190,000 – $230,000


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Each year, thousands of students across Canada drop out of high school. In low-income communities, high school dropout rates can be more than double the national average. Dropping out creates an achievement gap that lasts a lifetime and the cost to Canada’s economic, health, and justice systems is steep.

At Pathways to Education, we don’t believe any young person should face those odds. Our programs change the lives of young people across the country by working with local communities and donors to help overcome barriers to education and improve graduation rates.

While the CDO will lead using their skills and experience in resource development, these skills will be complemented by their knowledge and understanding of government relations, marketing and communications, and program management which will help drive strategy and build positive relationships across the organization.

This is a very exciting time to join Pathways as we embark on our next stage of development and growth. Our new CDO will be integral to our success, and we are excited to welcome our new team member.  The hiring range for this position is $190,000 – $230,000 plus a generous and comprehensive benefits program. Please note that Pathways to Education is a hybrid work environment, with the expectation to work at our office in downtown Toronto a minimum of three days per week. This position also requires frequent travel within the GTA and occasional travel elsewhere in the country. Relocation support is available.


Our Vision

Breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Our Mission

For youth in low-income communities, Pathways to Education provides the resources and network of support to graduate from high school and build the foundation for a successful future.

What We Believe

We believe in the strength and potential of young people and the communities that stand behind them. We believe in the power of our partners, including individual volunteers, organizations, and government supporters. We believe in our ability to learn from others and apply that learning to make our work the best it can be. We strive for impact, whether in the life of one student, the strength of one community, or the health of our country. Our goal is to ensure that one day, every young person in Canada can graduate from high school.

How does income affect educational success for youth?

Economic uncertainty, unemployment, food insecurity, and mental health concerns are exacerbated for youth living in low-income communities and for the record number of newcomer youth who already face considerable barriers to success.

Data tells us that youth from low-income households are more likely to leave school early. Their families may struggle to pay for rent or food, school supplies, and transportation, directly affecting a young person’s ability to be present and actively learn. These same families are also less likely to afford additional educational supports, such as after-school tutoring.

Some low-income youth have additional family responsibilities, like caring for younger siblings or maintaining part-time work to help support the household. Many youth in low-income communities, including newcomer youth, can also lack access to the supports and benefits of mentor networks.

Taken together, these barriers can limit a young person’s potential for the rest of their lives. Societally, this lost potential can have a negative impact not only on individuals and their families, but also on achieving the full potential of our communities and our country.

The Pathways Program

The award-winning Pathways to Education Program is delivered to high school students living in low-income communities across Canada. Students in our program receive a comprehensive set of supports needed to overcome the barriers they face and succeed in school, including food vouchers, after-school tutoring and mentoring, financial support, and career planning. In the 2021-22 school year, the average graduation rate in the communities that Pathways serves was 78%.

Program Components


Local Program Partners

Currently, the Pathways Program is delivered in 31 locations across Canada, allowing us to support thousands of youth to attain high school graduation each year.

To achieve this work, Pathways partners with local organizations that possess deep community knowledge and credibility to deliver the Program directly to students.

Pathways to Education is a globally recognized, made-in-Canada innovation success that is endorsed by the World Bank.

Our Impact

The Pathways to Education Canada story started in 2001 with the Regent Park Community Health Centre’s vision to break the cycle of poverty through education. Now, over 20 years later, Pathways to Education’s award-winning program has supported more than 20,000 students in low-income communities across Canada.



The support Pathways is fortunate to have from across Canada reinforces a commitment to transforming lives and delivering better outcomes for students, and in turn, contributes to a healthier society and stronger economy.

Thanks to ongoing government support, along with generous corporate and private donors, in FY2023, Pathways Canada surpassed $38 million in funding to deliver the Pathways Program and reach more students than ever.

Pathways continues to respond to economic and societal challenges by working directly with communities to develop and scale innovative approaches that meet the changing needs of students. Our Board of Directors, President & CEO, and our leadership team have developed an ambitious agenda that focuses on further increasing Pathways to Education’s impact on youth, and in turn, drive greater social change. We envision that this increased impact will come about through realignment of programming against current needs, rethinking our approaches to program design and delivery, and identification of new market segments to better serve the evolving needs of both youth and communities.

All of this innovation, evolution, and impact is enabled by the support that we are able to generate through resource development. Currently, the team is composed of 20 staff members, approximately 1/3 of our overall organizational staff size.

Our resource development and government relations professionals have the collective responsibility to secure and steward all:



·       Pathways to Education Website

.       About Pathways to Education

·       Our History

·       Our Impact

·       Stories of Success

·       Relevant Research

·       Community Mapping

·       2022 Annual Report

. 2023 Financial Report

·       Our Board of Directors

·       Our Donors

·       Pathways Alumni Network

·       Pathways Newsroom



Leadership, Strategy & Planning

Staff Leadership

Board & Senior Volunteers

Resource Development

Federal and Provincial Funding





KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Pathways to Education. Candidates with interest are invited to contact Samantha David, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent at for more information.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:

The deadline for candidate submissions is June 28, 2024. Resumes and letters of interest should be sent to the email address listed above.

The head offices of Pathways to Education Canada are located on the Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation as well as the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee peoples. We also recognize those First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples who now call Toronto home. May we also acknowledge the systemic challenges facing Indigenous Peoples are not limited to the past; they are still present today. We therefore understand that our role is to learn more about our own local areas and its accurate history and continue to build our competency to act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action that are relevant to our role in education and youth programming.

Pathways to Education Canada is committed to fostering a diverse work environment, one that is inclusive of different races, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ages, family status, disability status, and intersectional identities. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply and advise us of any accommodations or supports needed to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process. if you require any accommodations during the recruitment process, please be sure to notify the Search Consultant.