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THE ORGANIZATION

The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, is a not-for-profit corporation based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 1965.  It is recognized and financially supported by the Government of Canada as the National Governing Body for the sport of softball.  Softball Canada is administered by an eight-member Board of Directors, elected by the organization’s 12 Provincial and Territorial Member Associations, and is currently supported by nine staff members.

Softball Canada’s Coach and Umpire Development programs are recognized as worldwide leaders in the sport of softball and all five of Canada’s National Teams (Men and Women, U23 Men’s, Junior Men and Women) are medal threats in all international competitions. 

With Funding provided by Sport Canada, membership fees, sales and sponsorship and other avenues, Softball Canada develops new programming to target various segments of its membership, including the very successful Timbits Learn to Play and Canpitch programs.  The Long Term Player Development Guide for Softball in Canada (LTPD) serves as Softball Canada’s framework for decision-making. 

VISION:  The world leader in softball.
MISSION:  Excelling in leadership, development, and participation in softball.
OPERATING PRINCICPLES:  LTPD framework guides decision making; Programs and competitions meet participant’s needs; Active for Life, Competitive for Life, and Podium Pathway streams support sustainability; Effective communication in official language of choice; Effective organizational management; Respect for all.
VALUES:  Softball Canada believes in: providing fair and inclusive access; supporting safe and fun environments; operating with respect and integrity. 

Softball Canada’s strategic plan is centered around 4 strategic pillars:

Participation:  A significantly high proportion of Canadians from all segments of society are involved in quality softball activities at all levels and in all forms of participation.
Excellence:  The pool of talented players has expanded, and Canadian players and teams are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition through fair and ethical means.
Interaction:  The components of the softball system are more connected and coordinated as a result of the committed collaboration and communication amongst the stakeholders.
Capacity:  The essential components of an ethically based, player/participant centered development system are in place and are continually modernized and strengthened. 

SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

Softball Canada’s Chief Executive Officer is retiring in 2022.  Softball Canada is searching for their next Chief Executive Officer who can continue to build upon the strong foundations established while continuing to evolve the organization to meet its future needs, opportunities, and challenges.  The successful candidate will continue to enhance the important relationships established with national partners and provincial/territorial associations, while strategically positioning the organization for continued success. 

SCOPE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the strategic leadership of Softball Canada and oversees the development and implementation of the strategic plan, human resource planning, financial planning and management, stakeholder relationship engagement, all programs and services, and risk management. 

The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors through the President of Softball Canada, and works collaboratively with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission. 

PRIORITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

Within the first six months, the new CEO will have: 

  • Established credibility as a leader with employees, Board members and stakeholders at all levels
  • Reviewed the current strategic plan and began preparations for 2023 consultation on the development of the 2024-2027 Strategic Plan.
  • Become an acknowledged champion and voice for the sport of Softball.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Supporting Board Governance and Leadership – supporting the Board of Directors to function properly and make informed decisions.  Participates with the Board in developing the vision and strategic plan to guide Softball Canada.

Strategic Leadership and Planning – oversees the management team and provide leadership to staff in order to implement approved plans and achieve the goals set out in those plans, carry out the policies and directives of the Board of Directors and administer the day-to-day duties of the organization.

Financial planning and management – responsible for the overall fiscal integrity of Softball Canada, including the development of an annual operating budget for approval by the Board; operating within approved budgets and ensuring financial policies and controls are in place and implemented. 

Human Resource Planning and Management – provide leadership, supervision and management of employees; ensuring there is appropriate staffing and resources to fulfill Softball Canada’s initiatives and that clear accountability processes and best practices are in place and effectively utilized.

Stakeholder Relationship Management and Advocacy – Foster strong and meaningful relationships and partnerships with key sport stakeholders at all levels; promoting and representing Softball Canada in the community and acting as the primary spokesperson for the organization.

Oversight of Programs and Services – Ensures the programs and services offered by Softball Canada contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board of Directors, ensuring continual review of programs and services to support the needs of the membership.

Risk Management – Informs the Board of any risks or significant changes to the organization and advises on trends and issues - internal and external to Softball Canada.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate should be ready to assume the position in May 2022 and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Ottawa office. The ideal candidate will possess some winning combination of the following skills and competencies: 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Degree in Kinesiology, Sport Science, Business or related.
  • Proven senior leadership experience
  • Bilingual (English/French) is considered an asset
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Sport System at the international, national and provincial level.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to represent the organization through an open and dynamic presence.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Building and Leveraging Collaborative Networks and Relationships
  • Creative Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Leading Change
  • Leading & Developing Others
  • Planning, Coordination and Execution
  • Organizational Awareness & Organizational Sensitivity
  • Values and Ethics

Salary to commensurate with experience.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Confidential submission of a cover letter and current resume should be forwarded to Steven Indig, Softball Canada CEO Search Committee, at hello@sportlaw.ca by January 16, 2022.    Please indicate:  CEO Softball Canada in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted, beyond receiving acknowledgement of receipt of their application. 

Softball Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Applicants are subject to Softball Canada’s screening process.  Softball Canada reserves the right to exercise due diligence and call upon additional references to supplement those provided by applicants. This position is financially supported by Sport Canada.