Executive Director – AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA

Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) is seeking its new Executive Director to oversee all Canadian-based operations, fundraising, program development and implementation, communications, and public relations.  In concert with Autism Speaks (USA), ASC is responsible delivering the shared mission and vision to build inclusive communities where autistic individuals can reach their full potential.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be accountable for all day-to-day operations, funding and financial stewardship, strategic planning, and shaping and executing long-term plans that position the organization for deliberate, sustainable growth.

With substantial experience in revenue generation, the successful candidate will spearhead comprehensive fundraising plans that build upon successes and diversify funding streams and revenue programs. The Executive Director will bring direct donor engagement experience and will build and maintain relationships with key donors and partners, fostering a culture of philanthropy.  Salary Range:  $150,000 – $170,000

Posted On:  December 18, 2023

Closing On:  January 26, 2024

Location:  Toronto, Ontario

Employment Type:  Full Time

Level:  Management

Salary Range:  $150,000 – $170,000

Website:  https://kciphilanthropy.com/kci-talent/

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As a key spokesperson, brand ambassador, and advocate for ASC and the community, the new incumbent will bring strategic marketing and communications experience amplifying our fundraising and positioning the organization as the preferred destination for giving.  The Executive Director will actively participate and engage collaboratively in community roundtables and forums and media engagements in order to strengthen our positive public image.

Leading a dynamic, engaged, and diverse team of professionals, including those with lived experience, the Executive Director will promote a culture of inclusion, respect, transparency, cooperation, and innovation across the organization. The successful candidate will evaluate organizational structures that align with strategic priorities and position our operations so we can readily take advantage of new opportunities while maintaining the ongoing quality of current programming.

This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader with a commitment to making a meaningful impact in the autism community by leading Autism Speaks Canada towards increased support and awareness and driving positive change and growth as we create an inclusive Canada for all autistic individuals.

This position accommodates a hybrid work arrangement within the Greater Toronto Area.


Autism Speaks was founded in the U.S. in 2005, with Autism Speaks Canada becoming incorporated a year later. At that time, less was known about autism and the way it impacts people’s lives. In fact, in 2005 the prevalence of autism was 1 in 166, today the prevalence is 1 in 50 children and youth in Canada has an autism diagnosis.

Since inception, both charities have continued to make extraordinary contributions to the autism community in North America. The autism ecosystem has seen considerable change over the past 18 years and we along with the community have evolved along the way. Autism Speaks Canada continues to collaborate with the autism community to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

In 2016, we refocused our mission to better serve the autism community and to reflect what Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada represents today. We approach each of our mission objectives with the intent to make the most meaningful impact for the most people represented in the autism community.

To reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion, in 2020 we transitioned from a blue-only puzzle piece to feature a spectrum of colours, representative of the spectrum of experiences those with autism may have. Whatever the puzzle piece means to you, we believe that our updated, more colourful puzzle piece, represents inclusivity and optimism as we look towards a future of progress for those on the autism spectrum. Our vision fuels and guides our organization every day.

 Our Mission

Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to creating an inclusive Canada for all individuals with autism throughout their lifespan. We do this through advocacy, services, supports, research and innovation, and advances in care for autistic individuals and their families.

Our Vision

Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to creating an inclusive Canada for all autistic individuals throughout their lifespan.


Autism Speaks Canada fulfills our mission via our 5 mission pillars:

 Access to Information: 

We are committed to ensuring access to reliable information and services across the lifespan. Providing information on resources and services for the autism community is crucial to effectively support individuals and their caregivers navigate the autism landscape.

Research and Innovation:

We support research and innovation aimed at enhancing the quality of life and well-being for autistic individuals across their lifespan. We financially support and collaborate with prominent autism researchers, clinical healthcare providers, as well as autistic individuals and their families. We serve as a catalyst for innovation, groundbreaking research and discoveries. These advancements will pave the way for more personalized healthcare, services and supports.

Partnerships and Collaborations:

We are committed to advocacy and collaboration and seek to extend the impact of community partnerships. We recognize the value of partnership in improving and expanding access to comprehensive services and support for both autistic individuals and care providers.

Accelerate Solutions for Adults

We are committed to accelerating solutions that enhance the quality of life for autistic adults, which includes enhancing the transition to adulthood, progressing employment opportunities, and broadening housing availability.

IDEA Champion

We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) that embraces the uniqueness of every individual. We are working to achieve a world where all autistic people can reach their full potential. This includes autistic people across the spectrum, throughout the lifespan, and with an appreciation of the intersectional experiences within the autism community. We strive to improve the representation of this diverse community in our content and through expanding the reach of our resources and services.





Strategic Leadership & Governance

Team Leadership & Human Resource Management

Fundraising & Revenue Generation

Finance, Administration & Risk Management


Marketing, Communications & Advocacy




KCI Search + Talent has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Autism Speaks Canada. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Ellie Rusonik, Vice President, KCI Search + Talent by email at ASC@kcitalent.com.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by January 26, 2024.

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $150,000 – $170,000; a comprehensive suite of benefits is also provided.

To view the full Position Brief, please visit:  www.kcitalent.com

At Autism Speaks we are proud of our diverse first-person and lived experience representation at all levels of our organization. We value inclusivity and diversity; as well as respect individuals’ personal decision to self-identify or disclose their autism diagnosis. There are autistic individuals on our board of directors, staff team, advisory committee, and other volunteers.  We value inclusivity and diversity in our workforce and are committed to actively seeking engagement from autistic Canadians and those with lived experience at all levels of the organization.