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Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
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ON - Metro Toronto Area
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Executive (Dept. head, director)
$50,000 - $60,000
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Executive Director

Executive Director

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada ( is one of the world’s leading astronomy organizations. We are a federally registered charity, a publisher, and a membership organization. With a 146-year history, and over 4500 members and volunteers in 29 Centres across Canada, our active and vibrant Society is dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences.

The RASC is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to fill the key leadership role of Executive Director, reporting to the President and working closely with the Board of Directors, National Office Manager and Staff, key volunteers, and the National Advisory Council. The Executive Director will lead and manage organizational and operational aspects of the Society as directed by the Board, and will ensure compliance with all legislative requirements, RASC By-Laws, policies, and procedures.

The position of Executive Director is a full-time, permanent position.


Responsibilities: Reporting to the President, your primary responsibilities will include:


  • Routine oversight of Society operations, including coordination of publishing, marketing, and sales activities of the Society, maintaining and enhancing the revenue stream

  • Develop and maintain operational policies and procedures, and oversee the annual schedule of business tasks

  • Provide supervision, general direction, and review of employees while maintaining a positive work environment

  • Inspire the development, recruitment, and engagement of volunteers

  • Engage and facilitate communication amongst Members, Volunteers, Committees, Publication Editors, Centres, National Advisory Council, Board, and the public we serve.

  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies for membership growth and retention

  • Lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategies

  • Lead the development, advancement, and maintenance of relationships and partnerships

  • Overall leadership of staff and volunteers in the development and implementation of short- and long-range plans and activities

  • Facilitate the on-going development, implementation, and review of the Strategic Plan




Desirable Qualifications


  • Post-secondary qualifications in public administration, not-for-profit management, business administration, or equivalent experience

  • Post-secondary qualifications in astronomy or other sciences at the baccalaureate level is an asset

  • Experience working in a leadership role, preferably in a charitable or not-for-profit organization

  • Solid leadership, management, and organizational skills

  • Strong team leader and player, able to supervise and motivate staff and volunteers

  • Strong analytical and creative problem solving skills, including partnership development, negotiation, and conflict resolution

  • Ability to work effectively in a volunteer organization under the direction of a volunteer board

  • Experience in program development and implementation, public education and outreach, fund-raising and grant writing

  • Demonstrated ability to implement strategic vision and deliver successful outcomes

  • Ability to inspire in others a sense of commitment, enthusiasm, and excellence

  • Competent with computer applications including Microsoft Office, iMIS membership management, Web content management, and social-media tools

  • Familiar with accounting practices and preparation of annual reports and financial documents, filing of returns with the Canada Revenue Agency and reporting to Industry Canada

  • Knowledge and experience in Canadian astronomical and science outreach communities is a definite asset

  • Knowledge and experience in publications is an asset

  • In addition to English, French language skills are an asset  

Please submit cover letter with salary expectations and résumé / curriculum vitae electronically with subject “ED Job – Lastname” with your last name at the end.

Short-listed candidates will be expected to prepare and deliver a presentation to the recruiting committee.

The RASC embraces diversity and encourages all qualified persons to apply.We appreciate your interest and will contact you if a meeting is required.