Executive Director — South Muskoka Hospital Foundation

The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operations of the Foundation including working effectively with the staff, volunteers, hospital management and community stakeholders. Managing a budget of approximately $2 – 2.5 million and leading a small team, the incumbent must be a strong not-for-profit generalist.

Posted On: 2021-07-30
Closing On: 2021-09-13
Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
Effective: On or about December 6, 2021
Website: https://www.healthmuskoka.ca/
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior


Job Description

Live and work in the four seasons beauty of Muskoka

The Opportunity

The Executive Director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation is retiring after 17 successful years of leading the Foundation through change and growth.  A search for his successor is being conducted.


The South Muskoka Hospital Foundation (“SMHF”) was established in 1980 and was built on philanthropy that dates back to 1929.  Through the generosity of the community, the Foundation has helped to fund three major capital campaigns for building renovations and has contributed more than $55 million towards equipment, facilities, and programs for the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital located in Bracebridge, Ontario.

The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital is part of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, as is the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital following a formal amalgamation of the two hospitals in 2005.

SMHF has a strong link to the local residents as well as the robust cottage community who are either seasonal or year-round residents. The catchment region for SMHF extends south to Gravenhurst and north to Port Sydney/Utterson, east as far as Haliburton/Minden and west to the Township of Muskoka Lakes. The premier lakes of Joseph, Muskoka and Rousseau and south side of Lake of Bays typically fall under the jurisdiction of SMHF.

More information about the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation may be found at http://www.healthmuskoka.ca

The Position

The ED is accountable to the Board of Directors (“The Board”) and is responsible for the daily operations including working effectively with the staff, volunteers, hospital management and community stakeholders to implement the Foundation’s vision, values and strategic direction while also providing leadership to the organization.

Managing a budget of approximately $2 – 2.5 million and leading a small team, the ED must be a strong not-for-profit generalist and understand all aspects of running a smooth and nimble foundation.

As ED of a hospital foundation in a small town, there is a need to be highly visible, regularly available and fully invested in the community.  As the face and ambassador of SMHF, the ED will attend a multitude of community events and activities that occur after regular business hours and/or on weekends, e.g., the Bracebridge Fall Fair, ribbon cuttings, Rotary dinners, etc.


–      Relationship and Alliance Building

–      Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations

–      Strategic Development and Implementation

–      Corporate Governance

–      Fiscal Accountability

–      People Leadership/Management

–      Information Systems


  • 7+ years of experience at the executive/senior management level in a not-for-profit organization, preferably in the health or social services field.
  • A Philanthropy generalist with good grounding in Major Gifts and Planned Giving and can demonstrate where they have grown these areas.
  • Extensive experience in external relations dealing with a variety of constituents including the community, media, donors, politicians, etc.
  • A sound understanding of governance and government relations.
  • Experience leading successful campaigns.
  • Solid experience in financial forecasting and budgeting.
  • Diplomatic, patient, resilient and persuasive with an outgoing, positive personality.  Is able to build and sustain relationships both internally and externally.
  • Well-developed speaking, writing and presenting skills.
  • Forward-thinking and embraces new ideas that will enhance the Foundation’s success.
  • Can demonstrate an appreciation of the nuances of working in a smaller community especially around the aspects of relationship building and fundraising.
  • Must be comfortable being outdoors and on the water (e.g., travelling by boat to visit a donor).
  • Minimum university degree or equivalent in Marketing and/or Business Administration.
  • Fundraising (CFRE) or similar certification is an asset.

Salary Range:  $135-165,000


  • An opportunity to put one’s stamp on a successful Foundation
  • An opportunity to lead a Foundation that is well respected
  • Have a highly visible role in the community
  • And did we mention being able to live and work in the four seasons beauty of Muskoka?

To Apply:

Janet Pause & Associates Inc. has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.  To apply, please send a resume and separate cover letter by email to Liz Latimer, Search Consultant, at liz.latimer@sympatico.ca.  If you have questions or would like a detailed Position Profile, Liz can be reached at 416/690-5377.  Please apply on or before September 13, 2021.

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