Executive Director & General Counsel

February 11, 2019

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public legal education. For more than 30 years, LEAF’s work has influenced the evolution of constitutional equality principles in Canada and made an important difference in the daily lives of women and girls across the country.

LEAF recently streamlined its leadership to create the position of Executive Director & General Counsel, aligning responsibility for operations more closely with legal programming.  We are looking for a new leader to fill this position. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, visionary lawyer with deep roots in the feminist community. She has a background demonstrating the skills necessary to provide leadership on all aspects of LEAF’s work, including human resources, fund development and financial management, as well as LEAF’s important legal work. She is an effective communicator capable of representing LEAF to the donors, funders, government departments and partners that are central to LEAF’s success. She will strengthen LEAF’s relationships with its branches and their members across the country.  She will be accountable to and work closely with LEAF’s volunteer Board of Directors. She will lead a strong staff team, based in LEAF’s new offices in downtown Toronto.

Required Qualifications:

  • Canadian law degree or equivalent
  • Commitment to intersectional feminism and substantive gender equality
  • Exceptional understanding of Canadian constitutional and human rights laws
  • Established reputation and relationships in the feminist community
  • Strong organizational and management skills, including proven ability to fundraise and manage financial resources effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and external organizations
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Additional Qualifications an Asset:

  • Litigation experience, particularly in constitutional/human rights law
  • Senior experience working within the non-profit sector
  • Functional bilingualism

Compensation: Salary range: $117,500 – 130,000. LEAF offers a competitive benefits package and is committed to excellence as a workplace.

How to Apply: LEAF encourages applications from candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities.  Applications will be accepted by email only. In the subject line of your email application, reference “ED & GC” and your name. Please submit the following as a single attachment: your cover letter, your curriculum vitae and a list of three employment references (contact name, phone number and email address), addressed to Do not submit multiple applications or send additional documents.

Applications will be accepted until noon (Eastern) on February 25, 2019.  We anticipate interviewing during the week of March 4, and hope to have our new leader in place by April 1stWe thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone enquiries please.

For more information about LEAF, please visit our website at

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is a national, charitable, non-profit organization, founded in 1985. LEAF works to advance the substantive equality rights of women and girls in Canada through litigation, law reform and public education using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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