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Dying With Dignity Canada
Primary Job Category
Management / Executive
Related Job Categories
Fundraising / Giving, Program / Project Evaluation & Development, Program / Project Management
Position Type
Full Time
ON - Metro Toronto Area
Midtown Toronto
Career level
Executive (Dept. head, director)
$70,000 - $90,000
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Chief Operations and Programs Officer (COPO)

Are you a seasoned professional who wants an opportunity to make a difference in a uniquely progressive and supportive work environment? Are you passionate about human rights in healthcare? Do you have a track-record of inspiring and energizing internal and external stakeholders? If so, we want to hear from you.

Join the fight for the right to die with dignity – one of the biggest human rights issues facing Canadians today. We are currently looking for a Chief Operations and Programs Officer (COPO) to support the mandate of DWDC. This position will report directly to the CEO.

About Dying With Dignity Canada

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is the national go-to organization for assisted dying and end-of-life rights. We are committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.

We advocate for assisted dying legislation that is compliant with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and we work to ensure that Canadians have meaningful and equitable access to their rights.

We promote advance care planning, advocate for patients’ rights, and empower Canadians to know their options at end-of-life, including their right to medical assistance in dying (MAID). We also offer information and emotional support to individuals at end of life who are interested in exploring how they can ensure a peaceful death. And, we support clinicians who assess and provide medical assistance in dying through physician-led training and peer-to-peer support.

About the Position

With a staff of eight and an annual operating budget of just under $1,000,000, the successful candidate will report and work closely with the CEO to manage DWDC’s operations including finance, human resources, internal stakeholder relations, and provide fundraising support. The candidate will also support our clinician education programs, our digital communications, and DWDC Chapters and volunteers across the country.

DWDC is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups including Indigenous people, people of colour and LGBTQ+ people are welcome to self-identify, should they feel comfortable in doing so, in their cover letter.

Dying With Dignity Canada offers a collaborative, dynamic and supportive work environment. Our work cycles are often hectic with looming deadlines. The landscape of assisted dying is incredibly fluid which can be both frustrating and fascinating. With all the external demands and new developments related to our file, we have a strong commitment to a culture within our offices and with stakeholder groups that is always friendly and accessible while still being professional.

Responsibilities include:

Operations and Finance

  • Work with the CFO and CEO to create and manage budgets for the organization and various projects;
  • Ensure that DWDC financial protocols and best practices are followed
  • Direct daily operations in the office and the organization including: IT, office equipment, and database software
  • Implement staff and organizational operational planning to meet the goals and objectives of DWDC;


  • Work with National Volunteer and Events Coordinator to ensure the effectiveness of DWDC’s community volunteer educators;
  • Work with staff to deliver support and training programs for individuals and health care providers;
  • Support the National Volunteer and Events Coordinator in the management of DWDC’s digital webinar series, End in Mind
  • Work with the National Volunteer and Events Coordinator to support DWDC’s Independent Witness Program
    • Leads in the evaluation of the effectiveness of DWDC’s support programs;

Stakeholder Relations

  • Support the CEO in the management of internal stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, DWDC’s Physicians Advisory Council, Legal Advisory Committee and the Disability Advisory Council and Chapters;
  • Support the board’s governance and finance committees as the lead staff liaison
  • Support the CEO in the engagement of external stakeholders;
  • Support in the engagement of current and potential donors, communicating the objectives and programs of DWDC;
  • Collaborate with the Communications Officer to operationalize publications, position papers, media releases, webinar content, website updates and other communications;
  • Engage with the media as directed by the Communications Officer.


  • Work with the CEO and Fund Development Officer to strengthen funding streams and assist with fundraising strategies: annual, monthly, membership, legacy and major donor programs, acquisition of new donors and digital marketing;
  • Support the Fund Development Officer in the sourcing and writing of fundraising grants;
  • Work with the Fund Development Officer to oversee fundraising operational processes

The successful candidate must be a strong supporter of end-of-life choice and medical assistance in dying.

About You

You possess the following attributes:

  • Thrive in a collaborative work environment with other professionals, and enjoy being challenged by fellow team members to advance projects and plans on behalf of DWDC;
  • Perform well in high stress situations with an ability to be flexible with a commitment to getting the job done;
  • Energized when new challenges present themselves, with the ability to energize and inspire others;
  • Like that your day is often filled with unexpected new developments and enjoy variety within your work day;
  • Comfortable with working in a self-directed and self-learning way with appropriate support from your colleagues;
  • Strategic thinker who values a balance between common sense and process;
  • Identify patterns, trends and common concerns and can help translate those into actionable issues that can be addressed;
  • Ability to quickly analyze new policies, protocols, legislation and legal materials and understand how access to human rights and assisted dying are at stake. And can develop thoughtful and creative responses to such developments;
  • Dynamic communications skills with an aptitude for public and media communications and community outreach – you can analyze and articulate  concepts for medical assistance in dying and other end of life rights in a way that is credible, understandable and relatable to community residents, the general public, media, and policy makers alike;
  • Well-developed inter-personal and relationship- building skills;
  • Emotionally resilient to ongoing communication with members of the public contacting DWDC for assistance, some of whom are struggling with physical and/or mental health issues and some of whom DWDC is not able to assist;
  • Know your audience and can strike the right tone to be effective in a variety of settings, whether in internal stakeholder meetings, meetings with allied groups, testifying before a Parliamentary committee or at press conferences.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, professional designation or equivalent in relevant discipline (health, law, social work, administration, etc.);
  • Prior experience managing various stakeholder groups;
  • Fundraising experience; for example: closing the deal with major donors, writing grants, approaching foundations and management of various fundraising programs;
  • Ability to engage others in complex and nuanced subject areas with confidence, charisma and authenticity;
  • Superb oral, written communication and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Experience with all standard office equipment and software packages including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and online tools;
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years with direct supervisory experience in operations and/or programs ;
  • Ability to work long hours when needed, for an employer that strives to ensure its employees can enjoy a balanced lifestyle;
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team;
  • Ability to manage several projects in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights and social justice;

The following would be desirable:

  • Knowledge of advance care planning, patients rights and medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation;
  • Experience facilitating small and large group discussions;
  • Experience and/or training in project management
  • Bilingual French and English

Career Potential

We are looking for a highly qualified and talented individual prepared to work for a modest salary in exchange for a rewarding and fulfilling career.  This position offers an incredible opportunity for the right candidate to help map the future of assisted dying with Canada. And in doing so, provides a unique opportunity to learn, grow and lead as a non-profit executive.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time position with an annual compensation between $70,000-90,000, depending on past experience. Benefits include extended health and dental plan for the employee, three weeks’ annual vacation, and matching group RRSP Program.


This position will be based in our Toronto office at 55 Eglinton Avenue East, but may require limited, short-term travel to different parts of Canada from time to time.

Application and Selection Process

Please submit two PDFs with your first and last name in the file name, e.g. “Ann_Smith_Resume.pdf” using the "Apply Now" button:  

1)  Your resume, including the contact information for three professional references

2)  Cover letter and writing samples. With your cover letter, please include up to two writing samples as appendices of your writing for a public audience (This may be a policy paper, business correspondence, published article, blog sample)

Candidates are invited to share their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, but are in no way expected or required to do so.

Closing date:  October 15th, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will respond only to candidates who are being considered for an interview.

All short-listed applicants will be given a hands-on test of their writing skills in an exam-like environment. 

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