Crawfordconnect Seeks Executive Director for Autism, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Group

April 19, 2019 – Executive search firm crawfordconnect has been retained to find a new executive director for Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND), a Toronto-based non-profit organization. Consultant Liz Latimer is leading the assignment for the search firm.

Working closely and reporting directly to the board of directors, ISAND’s executive director will be expected to build and lead the clinical and administrative team, said crawfordconnect. The individual will also work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team to ensure the strength, quality and effectiveness of the organization’s clinical services, programs and partnerships.

ISAND’s next leader is responsible for the management of all aspects of the operation and clinical services. The executive director leads the overall strategic direction of the organization and is accountable for human resources, finance, fund development, governance and community partnerships.

“The next executive director of ISAND will lead an organization that aspires to grow its impact by helping individuals and their families who live with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders,” said crawfordconnect. “The new leader will continue to manage and develop new evidence-informed services and programs, while building upon the profile of ISAND with key stakeholders.”

Job Requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of seven years of experience in progressively senior leadership positions in the non-profit and/or healthcare sector, said the search firm. ISAND also wants prospects to have a proven track record in organizational leadership managing a team of staff and volunteer leaders. And, the next executive director should be a well-rounded fundraiser with specific emphasis on grants, corporate development, sponsorship, major gifts and community/ third-party events.

The executive director role also calls for experience managing services and programs and working closely with teams to build fundable programs, said crawfordconnect. The next executive director must also have a record of managing a budget and reporting on the results. Candidates is required to have experience reporting to a board of directors or a volunteer leadership committee. They should also be available to attend evening meetings or other events as required. And they should hold a valid class G driver’s license with reliable vehicle accessibility.


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Required skills include: demonstrated business and financial acumen; proven leadership and change management skills; knowledge/capacity in the area of fundraising; demonstrated skills in strategic thinking and strategic planning; strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to speak well in public forums; and experience in advocacy. A bachelor’s degree or higher in an area of study applicable to the role or a combination of education and experience in the field is also necessary.

A Recruiter for Non-Profits

Established in 2013, ISAND is a registered non-profit organization that serves children and young adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. ISAND’s integrated team of developmental pediatricians, psychologists, clinicians and therapists work together with families to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. The team provides developmental medical care, language and social communication, occupational and behavioral therapies, as well as mental health and wellness supports for individuals and families. These services are provided across three age groupings: newborn to age four, ages five to 14 and ages 15 to 24.

Toronto-based recruiter crawfordconnect places talent exclusively in the non-profit sector. The firm’s mission is to strengthen Canadian charities and non-profits by connecting them with highly qualified professionals seeking to make a difference. The firm’s clients include a number of well-known non-profit brands, including: Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Aid Foundation, World Wildlife Foundation, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, York Central Hospital Foundation, Canadian Association for Community Living Foundation, SickKids Foundation and the Heart & Stroke Foundation, among many others. The search firm is led by president Deborah Legrove, who has 30 years of experience involving healthcare, social services and higher education in Canada and the U.S.

Ms. Latimer is an experienced executive search researcher and consultant with a strong background in the public and not-for-profit sectors who also provides counsel on issues related to talent management. With over 20 years’ experience in executive search and recruitment, she is an expert in candidate development and fit analysis and has developed a comprehensive interviewing process that assists in aligning client needs with candidate goals. Her healthcare and broader public sector network and her approach to candidate and client management has enabled her to effectively assist numerous boards and search committees through the search process.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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