JOB POSTING - Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Children’s Centre


Thames Valley Children’s Centre is seeking a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader as Chief Executive Officer to build on the strengths of our past accomplishments and steer our organization to new heights in changing the lives of children, youth and their families.


Since 1949, Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) has been working with children and youth to help them reach their full potential. Today, a wide range of services and supports are provided for young people with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders to support them in attaining the best available quality of life and health. In partnership with local and regional agencies, TVCC annually serves more than 9,000 children, youth and their families from birth to age 19 across Southwestern Ontario in over 700 locations.

Through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, we encourage and support children, youth and their families to be active participants in their communities. Thames Valley Children’s Centre is available to families in a tencounty area through our London Centre, regional office locations, videoconferencing, community partnerships and unique outreach programs and services that travel to the child.

Our Vision

Our Clients at Their Best!

Our Mission

We will provide rehabilitation services which support participation in all areas of life for children, youth and young adults with physical, communication or developmental needs, and their families, living primarily in Southwestern Ontario by:

  • focusing on the strengths of individuals and their families at home, school, workplace and community

  • pursuing research, education and advocacy

  • partnering in a local and regional system of services

Our Values

  • We believe people know themselves and their situations best

  • We believe people want the best for themselves and others

  • We believe people are unique and deserving of respect

  • We believe people function best in a supportive environment

  • We believe people working in partnership can reach goals that cannot be reached alone


The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the effective management and day-to-day operations of Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) within the corporate by-laws, policy/strategic framework, and budgeting guidelines established by the Board of Directors.


Reports to: The Board of Directors Direct Reports: Service Directors and Executive Assistant


Executive Leadership

  • Provide effective leadership and direction to the TVCC leadership team and staff;

  • Initiate the development of vision led, strategic and long-range plans in partnership with the Board of Directors;

Operational Planning and Management

  • Develop the organization’s operational plan and financial plan, in accordance with strategic direction and long-range plan;

  • Maintain an efficient and effective organization capable of delivering the highest quality of service to the children, youth and families who are TVCC’s clients using a family-centered care approach;

Financial Management

  • Secure appropriate financing and funding to meet the organization’s needs and ensure the effective utilization of the organization’s fiscal resources;

  • Manage the organization’s financial resources, including the development and control of the annual operating budget for Board approval;

Communications and Public Relations

  • Develop and implement effective systems of communication throughout the organization;

  • Develop and implement effective community and government relations programs to promote community and government involvement in progressive legislation, policy and programs related to children and youth who have disabilities;

Human Resources and Board and Volunteer Management

  • Ensure that the organization has competent, qualified staff at each appropriate level to provide the services and programs essential to the achievement of its vision, mission, strategic plans and goals;


  • Maintain constructive relationships with the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services to further the aims of the organization and its clients;

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other care providers to enhance a region-wide continuum of care and services;


  • Provide regular reporting on all aspects of the organization to the Board of Directors and respond to their direction;

  • Ensure TVCC complies with all laws, regulations, agreements and policies of the Board and those government agencies to whom the organization is responsible;

  • Ensure ongoing Accreditation for TVCC


  • Travel through-out the region, and some overnight trips may be required


Professional Competencies

  • Post graduate degree in health sciences, social sciences, public administration, business or a related field

  • Certification with Canadian College of Health Leaders

  • Over 10 years of senior level leadership experience in a non-profit organization

  • Proven track record of success in financial and operational oversight, fostering relationships, team growth and an ability to cultivate and work effectively with a Board of Directors

  • Experience working with children and their families (or pediatrics) an asset

Technical Competencies

  • Exemplary communication skills, both internally and externally, to advocate for the organization, develop strong relationships with staff and stakeholders, and speak publicly to community and funding groups

  • Working knowledge and experience with regulatory bodies, Ministry, and children service sector partners

  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices

  • Analytical abilities and problem-solving skills

Behavioural Competencies and Working Style

  • Demonstrated high Emotional Intelligence

  • Demonstrated relationship-centered practice

  • Ability to lead and manage change processes

  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational and leadership skills


To explore this opportunity further, please email your resume (filename: “Last name, First name - CV”), with “TVCC” in the subject line, in confidence to Larry Sartor at

Thames Valley Children's Centre complies with all applicable laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, religion, creed, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status or any other protected class. Thames Valley Children's Centre is committed to making our recruitment and selection process accessible to all candidates. Accommodations for disabilities are available upon request.

We thank all those that apply for the position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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