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Job Post: Executive Director, Ottawa Pastoral Counselling

Tue, March 07, 2023 8:05 AM | Evonne Brant (Administrator)


Position Closing Date: March 24, 2023 

How and Where to Apply: send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] 

Company Information: Anglican Diocese of Ottawa 

Contact Information: [email protected] 

The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre (OPC), a Community Ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa (ADO), is searching for a compassionate psychotherapist and dynamic leader to serve as its next Executive Director. For more than fifty years, the OPC has provided professional pastoral counselling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families (including children and teens). The counsellors at the OPC honour the spirituality of every person, whether they are Christian, religious, spiritual, agnostic or atheist. Affirming the dignity and self-worth of all people, OPC counsellors accompany their clients in their own personal journey towards healing and wellness.

Executive Director Role Summary

The role of the OPC Executive Director is to execute the mandate of leading the organization in three key areas: to ensure the delivery of its core services; to provide operational leadership in the day-to day management of the Centre; and to offer executive leadership on the strategic governance of the OPC. 

Key Areas of Responsibility 

Core Service Delivery: 

  • Participate in the ministry of the OPC as a direct service psychotherapist. This will include supervision by a registered psychologist of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. The Executive Director role, as a direct psychotherapist, is approximately 20% of their total workload. 
  • Oversee the case management of the OPC, including overseeing the intake and client assignment process, clinical student placements, and the Employment Assistance Program of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. 
  • Provide consultation services for clergy and pastoral caregivers of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. 

Operational Leadership: 

  • Provides day-to-day executive leadership to the OPC, ensuring strategic and annual plans are operationalized and aligned with OPC’s Vision and Mission. 
  • Leads and provides operational supervision to a staff, which includes an Intake Coordinator and a team of psychotherapists, to support OPC’s delivery of services within a collaborative environment. 
  • Provides leadership in all areas of OPC’s administration, including financial operations, human resources, contracts, program evaluation, and partnerships. 
  • Champions the Counselling Support Fund, which provides financial support for those unable to afford a fee for service, through promotion and acquisition of funding. 
  • Reports directly to the Director General of Community Ministries, participating in the collegial relationships between ADO Community Ministries and their Executive Directors. 

Governance/Strategic Leadership: 

  • Involved in governance of OPC through ongoing engagement with its Management Board (MB), providing executive leadership and ensuring appropriate administrative support to the MB. 
  • Working with the MB, develops and implements a multi-year strategic plan as well as an annual operational plan tied to OPC Vision and Mission. 
  • Develops an annual budget, which is approved by the MB, and reports to MB regularly on the finances of OPC. 
  • Ensures risk management is an ongoing element of OPC governance and operations, including policy development and compliance with relevant legislation, policies, and professional associations. 
  • Participates in the governance of the Community Ministries of the Diocese as a staff resource to the Community Ministry Committee and relevant working groups. 



  • Master’s Degree in Counselling or its equivalent. 
  • Member in good standing of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), or an equivalent body that regulates the act of psychotherapy. 

Knowledge and Experience 

  • Knowledge of CRPO regulations for both in-person and telehealth counselling (local and across jurisdictions). Understanding of issues related to confidentiality and personal health information protection (e.g., PHIPA). 
  • Five or more years of experience in the field of psychotherapy o Experience in conducting intake activities, managing critical events, and completing referrals.
    o Demonstrated commitment to continuing education and professional development.
    o Experience in managing or supervising a therapy team. 
  • Five or more years in previous management experience in a social service organization at a senior level.
    o Experience in the areas of Administration, Financial Operations and Human Resources.
    o Providing executive leadership and inter-agency collaboration.
    o Demonstrated ability to work with groups who are stakeholders in organizational governance (Boards, committees, working groups). 
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, current office software and online platforms for teletherapy. 

Qualities and Competencies 

  • Proven leadership skills in managing a non-profit organization providing services to the public in collaboration with professional experts in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. 
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral English; knowledge of French would be considered an asset. 
  • Ability to work with OPC’s Management Board in executing the vision and mission of the organization. 
  • Strategic thinker, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a sound decision maker with a demonstrated ability to lead change. 
  • Organized with strong attention to details. 
  • Results-oriented mindset with the ability to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities. 
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse population of clients: general public, clergy of the Anglican Church and its employees. 
  • Willingness to work within a faith-based organization. 

Other Requirements: 

  • Must be willing to provide reference checks from previous work and to undergo police clearance for a criminal background check; both must have results to the satisfaction of the Diocese. 
  • Must be willing to work on-site at the OPC office, acknowledging the need from time to time to work remotely. 
  • Must be willing to work full time, including occasional evenings and weekends, depending on operational requirements. 

Where to submit your requirements: 

  • Please apply by submitting your résumé and cover letter to this email: [email protected] 
  • Deadline is on March 24, 2023. 

Compensation: $75,000.00-$85,000.00 per year. 

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is committed to accessibility, values diversity and is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and to protecting the human rights of its employees. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities.

Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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