CIRR Executive Director Position


The Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) is looking for a dynamic new Executive Director.
A non-profit corporation and registered charity, the CIRR Board of Directors is comprised of 15 volunteer members from across the country. For nearly 25 years, the CIRR has worked with Canadian school systems to provide exceptional early literacy teaching.
If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have experience working in the non-profit field, are an energetic independent worker and are passionate about the importance of early literacy learning, then we’d like to hear from you.
The Executive Director position is offered as a part-time contract. Hours are flexible.

Executive Director Job Description:


  • Responsible for administrative duties, providing current communication to board members, organizing regular board meetings, and the annual national conference
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors to provide consultation on their governance role, recruiting new members to the Board representing various stakeholders
  • Enhance the profile of CIRR in all regions of Canada, through electronic means and in person, representing the organization in a positive way
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization. Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities and conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate

Operational Planning & Management

  • Maintain regular contact with the Canadian Trainer team to identify areas of support to strengthen and expand Reading Recovery
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization working closely with the office manager and bookkeeper
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of conferences and special projects with in the specified time frame

Development/Grant Writing

  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources Compile, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Keep in contact with donors and potential donors and work to expand the donor base

Financial Planning & Management

  • In consultation with the CIRR Treasurer and finance committee, oversee financial duties, including billing and collection of revenues, expense report approval
  • Work with the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget, approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board and ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed


  • The ED will be thoroughly committed to Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, and management experience.
  • Experience in a school system and familiarity with Reading Recovery is an asset, i.e., Reading Recovery Teacher Leader or school principal
  • Knowledge of or experience with non-profit and/or charitable organizations
  • Experience co-ordinating a variety of projects including fundraising
  • Ability to work effectively with professional groups and in collaboration with diverse populations
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills
  • Bilingualism is an asset


Able to work independently.

Provide own computer and work space (can work from home) Cell phone provided.

Send applications to  Subject Line: E.D. Application

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2016