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Envisioning a Canada without Suicide


(posted on July 8, 2020)

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) was launched in 1985 by a group of individuals who saw the need to advocate for suicide prevention, create a movement of communication and collaboration and to provide evidenced-based information and resources to communities.  We envision a Canada without Suicide. At CASP, we all share a strong and abiding passion to address issues related to life promotion, suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.   CASP remains 

 a hub for every person in Canada who is looking for informed resources, a voice for advocacy and building community.

Key areas of focus: Communication, Fund raising and Government Relations.

Accountability:  Reports directly to the CASP Board of Directors and executes the direction of the Board.


Board of Directors

    • Recommends and informs the Board on the goals, objectives and activities of the Association
    • Submits reports to the Board at regular Board meetings and as otherwise determined, showing the Associations activities
    • Provides input to the Board regarding changes in Board procedures
    • Acts for the Association in conjunction with the Board Executive in all legal and legislative matters
    • Facilitates and participates in strategic planning and identification of priorities: maintains and updates the Strategic Plan to reflect its current state and is able to share that regularly at Board meetings
    • Performs other functions as requested by the Board of Directors
Advocacy and Community Relations
    • Recommends public relation policies and positions to the Board of Directors
    • Acts as the spokesperson with press, electronic media, government departments and relevant organizations, systems and networks, in keeping with CASP’s Media Policy
    • Promotes the visibility, credibility and profile of the Association
    • Builds and maintains effective and meaningful partnerships.

Fund development

    • Ex-officio member of the Fundraising Committee to devise and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan
    • Seeks adequate and additional funding for the operation of the organization, ensures funding reporting requirements are met and maintains and grows relationship with donors, sponsors and funders

Government relations

    • Establishing the organization as a significant Pan Canadian stakeholder in the field of suicide prevention and life promotion

Public Education and Relations

    • Provides leadership with respect to new directions and opportunities
    • Consistent with strategic directions, develops new resources that enhance the capacity of communities to support suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, and Life Promotion
    • Promotes knowledge integration & sharing in suicide prevention, intervention & postvention and Life Promotion
    • Participates & takes a leadership role in planning major activities (World Suicide Prevention Day, People Impacted International Day, National Annual Conference) activities in Canada
    • Participates with the local planning committee of the CASP Conference
    • Participates in public education and awareness activities and events
    • Ensures that service delivery is consistent with mandate

General Management

    • Has full responsibility and authority for the management of all business and affairs of the Association save for those matters and duties as by law must be transacted or performed by the Board of Directors
    • Recruits, oversees, evaluates and retains organization personnel

Financial Management

    • Executes board’s policies and adheres to the budget for the allocation of resources
    • Oversees the complete financial, statistical and accounting records of the organization (including regular statements of revenues and expenditures for the Board of Directors for Board meetings and as otherwise determined)
    • Participates in the annual budget planning process

Organizational Development

    • Develops effective and efficient organizational systems

Risk Management

    • Evaluates assets and liabilities of programs, proposals or strategies
    • Provides feedback to the board on both risks and opportunities that have been identified and evaluated
    • Assesses on an ongoing basis risks to the organization’s financial stability and the organization’s public, ethical and legal image

Desired Competencies for the Executive Director Position:

    • Knowledge of the Suicide prevention sector
    • Organizational Development skills
    • Excellent Communication and engagement skills
    • Bilingual an asset
    • Management experience (Financial, HR, etc.)
    • Risk mitigation management
    • Implementing strategic plans

Work environment

CASP is a virtual organization, with our employees working as part of a dispersed team across the country. As a result, the successful candidate will be working from their home office using remote collaboration tools to stay in touch and execute campaigns. This means the successful candidate will need to have a reliable computer, a stable internet connection, and a secure, distraction-free environment in which to work. Occasional travel, such as attending the CASP annual conference, may also be required.


This salary for this position is $96,539 including benefits

Next steps

  • If you meet the above qualifications, please apply by your cover letter and resume to [email protected] and include “Executive Director” in the subject line.
  • Please note that only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted.
  • This job posting will remain open until a candidate is selected. 

  • Starting date: Early Fall 2020



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