Chief Executive Officer

Closed @Little Warriors
  • Sherwood Park, AB, Canada View on Map
  • Post Date : September 14, 2022
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  • Job ID 5670

Job Description


Little Warriors is a national, charitable organization based in Alberta which is focused on the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. They also advocate on behalf of and with child sexual abuse survivors. Obtaining charitable status in February of 2007, Little Warriors is comprised of a team of dedicated volunteers and staff that have worked to create an action based charitable organization to bring awareness, offer prevention education and treatment for children who have experienced child sexual abuse.

The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch by Ray LaBonte and Family, opened in 2014 and is a specialized, trauma-informed evidence-based, treatment centre focused on helping children who have been sexually abused, as well as their families. This program, for girls and boys from 8-12 years old and girls between the ages of 13 and 16, was designed with significant input from many leading academic and clinical experts who specialize in child sexual abuse. The Be Brave Ranch program helps children overcome the devastating effects of child sexual abuse and change the trajectory of their lives. With the proper therapeutic interventions, child survivors of sexual abuse can become adults with strong mental health that supports a positive outlook on life and enables them to participate in life and accomplish their goals.

The name Little Warriors was inspired by a painting – the spirit of a warrior lives within every victim of child sexual abuse. The imagery of a warrior is linked to child sexual abuse because victims need the strength and spirit of their inner warrior to face their experiences and heal. Like a warrior, these children also need the help, compassion, support, and love of many people (like a tribe), to overcome the many obstacles they will face.

Little Warriors Mission is to:

  • Raise awareness and provide information about child sexual abuse.
  • Advocate to ensure the rights, needs and interests of children are respected and protected.
  • Provide child sexual abuse prevention strategies to adults through education.
  • Provide a treatment facility to help children cope with the devastating effects of child sexual abuse.


For further information on Little Warriors, please visit their website at



Little Warriors is seeking a Chief Executive Officer that will report to the Board of Directors, specifically the Board Chair and Executive Committee. Are you a genuine, compassionate, and driven individual? Do you have the capacity to pour authenticity and excellence into your work and the people around you? Little Warriors is looking for a dedicated and visionary leader to be part of an expanding, innovative team. At Little Warriors they’re committed to making a lasting impact in helping to advocate, prevent and treat child sexual abuse across Canada. They strive to uplift and empower survivors of child sexual abuse so they can go on to lead healthier, happier lives. Their new CEO will build on the successes previously achieved by Little Warriors and will help take the organization into the future (in partnership with their dedicated Board of Directors and Little Warriors team) as they continue to grow and expand.



Accountability Overview:

Provide strategic leadership to, and oversee management of, the Little Warriors organization within the guidelines established by the Board of Directors. The CEO’s performance is synonymous with organizational performance and identity. The CEO shall represent the organization with external stakeholders including government, donors, related agencies and accrediting bodies.


  • Provides full Board support and participates as an active member in governance.
  • Works with the Board to develop a strategic plan to set the overall direction for Little Warriors, ensuring strategies advance the mission, vision, values and objectives of the organization.
  • Executes the strategic plan with the support of the team at Little Warriors.
  • Collaborates to develop organizational policies with the Board and stewards the execution of those policies within the organization.
  • Works with the Board of Directors on addressing governance issues by identifying opportunities, providing support, and by initiating approved recommendations or actions.
  • Presents an annual operating plan and budget for approval.
  • Ensures members of the Board have timely information necessary to perform their fiduciary duties and other governance responsibilities.



  • Ensures compliance to minimum standards in accordance with all government legislation, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer, non‐profit agency and treatment centre.
  • Submits all information, reports and records as requested or required by law to appropriate government officials and/or the Board of Directors.
  • Develops and implements operational plans, policies, and goals that further strategic objectives.
  • Is responsible for maintaining and securing the necessary accreditations, regulatory approvals, and all compliance requirements for both the facility and treatment programs.



  • Develops an annual budget supported by strategies for increasing revenue, growth, and organizational sustainability; ensures resources are properly allocated.
  • Reviews activity reports and financial statements; evaluates operational and financial performance to determine progress and status in achieving objectives and revises objectives and plans according to current conditions.
  • Maintains full awareness of the complete financial, statistical, and accounting records of the organization.
  • Ensures that operating results established in the annual budget are achieved and operating expenses are controlled within budget.
  • Ensures the accuracy, integrity and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.
  • Works with Accountant(s) to ensure year end financials are complete and ready for auditors.
  • Assists Auditors and any other third party with any documentation requirements or questions related to compliance and accountability.
  • Ensures all provincial and federal year end renewals or reports are submitted.
  • Ensures all tax receipts are accurate and issued in a timely manner.



Works with the Fund Development team to:

  • Ensure an annual, comprehensive sustainability plan is in place, including but not limited to, major gifts, planned giving, granting foundations, service clubs, workplace campaigns, direct mail, social media, endowment, capital, and special events, including third party fundraisers.
  • Oversee applications for grants and the completion of final reports as required; monitors expenses and ensures funds are allocated as approved.
  • Oversee coordination of fundraising events and approves all expenses according to budgets approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Represent Little Warriors at third party fundraising events as required.
  • Build relationships and support for Little Warriors.
  • Oversees and manages a fully integrated donor recognition program.


Risk Management

  • Identifies and evaluates risk to the organization’s Board, staff, volunteers, property, finances, goodwill, and image and implements measures to mitigate risk.
  • Ensures the Board of Directors and organization always carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage including Board of Directors Liability Insurance, Commercial Liability Insurance, Crime Insurance and Errors & Omissions Insurance.
  • Ensures Board and staff understand the terms, conditions, and limitations of the insurance coverage.


Operations & Facilities Management

Works with the Director of Operations to:

  • Oversee management of Little Warriors facilities and operations, ensuring all health and safety standards are met or exceeded.
  • Ensure adequate building and clinical operational licensing and accreditation for all programs.
  • Ensure the physical environment meets all health and safety requirements and is managed in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
  • Identify and evaluate information technology (IT) requirements to support growth.
  • Source, negotiate and manage contracts with vendors/suppliers.


Human Resources

Works with the Clinical Director and Director of Operations to:

  • Maintain a competent and effective staff team; provides leadership through effective objective setting, delegation, and communication.
  • Provide direction and human resources (HR) management to all team members with respect to organizational structure, recruitment and selection, onboarding and orientation, professional development, employee relations and motivation, performance management and evaluation (including discipline and terminations), compensation, occupational health and safety, human resources policies and procedures.
  • NOTE: Although clinical staff report to the Clinical Director role for day‐to‐day direction and support, the CEO has ultimate responsibility for human resource management and works in conjunction with the Clinical Director for HR matters relating to the clinical team.


Relationship Management / Public Relations

  • Leads by example to ensure the work ethic, culture and values of Little Warriors are understood and practiced throughout the organization.
  • Takes the lead to develop strategic partnerships with government, community stakeholders, corporations, and supporters.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with the Board of Directors, advisors, donors, supporters, volunteers, key stakeholders, and professional associations ensuring the best interest of Little Warriors is solidly represented and protected.
  • Regularly communicates with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization.
  • Establishes solid working relationships and collaborative arrangements with like organizations and community groups, donors, funders, politicians, and others to help achieve the goals of Little Warriors.
  • Participates in media interviews when required.


Business Development

  • Identifies and presents new opportunities to the Board of Directors.
  • Researches and develops effective community partnerships to broaden the awareness of child sexual abuse and Little Warriors’ prevention education.
  • Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programming.



  • Create an organizational sustainability and legacy plan that ensures this one-of-a-kind organization will live out its mission for many years to come.
  • Work alongside the Board in building role clarity between the Board, CEO and Executive leadership team.
  • Move the strategic plan into process ensuring the day-to-day operations are kept at focus while other innovative initiatives are considered methodically for alignment to the vision.
  • Work alongside the Founder and Board to continue to build the brand of Little Warriors driving awareness both nationally and internationally while looking for innovation to monetize the business resulting in new donors, advocates for the mission, and long-term financial sustainability.
  • Build key stakeholder relations and partnerships with government, business, indigenous communities, and donors.
  • Build an organizational culture of strength, resiliency, empathy, compassion and understanding driving internal employee engagement and retention.



Given the pivotal role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of the business and in supporting the success of the organization, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:


  • Post-secondary education in Business or a related field would be preferred.



  • Minimum of 10 years in a leadership capacity with 5 years operating as a CEO in a private/public business or charitable organization of similar size and complexity.
  • Experience in government and stakeholder relations would be considered an asset.
  • Experience in managing a new construction build and facility would be a benefit.
  • Must be open to learning and gaining a high-level understanding of the therapeutic process to relate to the mission, process and desired outcomes of the organization.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities, capable of handling pressure and challenges in a charitable organization.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking, troubleshooting and problem‐solving skills.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
  • Must be able to provide a clear, current Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check.


Competencies and Knowledge

  • Strong, demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Strong business and financial acumen.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading an organization through growth.
  • Experience in working with governance boards and in setting boundaries with operations.
  • A confident public speaker who can step in periodically to be the spokesperson of Little Warriors at events.
  • A strong networker who can build relationships and open doors with key stakeholders including business, government, indigenous communities, and donors.
  • A driver who can take a vision and strategic plan and put it into action providing clear direction, communication, and accountability to the internal team.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities, capable of handling pressure and challenges in a charitable organization.


Personal Profile

  • Confident with unquestioned personal and professional integrity.
  • Diplomatic in voicing opinions that will drive the organization forward while being empathetic and understanding to the sentiments of the Founder and Board.
  • Demonstrates courage in a complex environment where the mission remains at the forefront of all decisions.
  • Highly compassionate and empathetic realizing the sensitivities of the business and the toll it can take on the team.
  • Highly accountable with a passion to drive and build.
  • Innovative and can think outside the box.
  • Has grit – no problem is too big to overcome.
  • Shows strength, resiliency, and calmness when emotions are high.
  • Builds trust with credibility in knowledge, demonstrated results and by being accountable to your word.
  • A passion for humanity, children, and families.
  • Highly respectful of others.
  • Displays ethical leadership.
  • Critical thinker with problem solving skills.
  • A positive attitude when faced with adversarial situations.
  • Exhibits sound judgment.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.



The Be Brave Ranch located east of Sherwood Park, Alberta



For the opportunity to join Little Warriors in the role of Chief Executive Officer, please email your resume to referencing Position ID # ARIM-805388.

Should you have an inquiry regarding this position, please contact Terri Davis at 587-200-0114 ext. 101 or on 780-668-1665 (mobile).

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* We thank all applicants for your submissions; however, only candidates being considered for this role will be contacted. *