Executive Director — Job Description

Salary: $100,000 to $110,000, with the possibility of discretionary bonus based on achieved targets / KPIs.

Location: The Executive Director will work remotely.  Travel to industry-related conferences and meetings in the GTA (and occasionally province-wide) may be required.

Time-frame: Position is currently open and looking to be filled as soon as possible.

About STAO:

Mission: To build an empowered community of educators pursuing excellence for all in science and STEM learning.
Vision: Science literacy and STEM skills to build resilience in a thriving society.
Purpose: To empower educators so that all students can be successful in our contemporary world.
Values: Inclusion, excellence, collaboration, accountability, innovation.

The Science Teachers Association of Ontario, (STAO) is a well-recognized, not-for-profit organization in Ontario that supports teachers in grades K-12, and pre-service candidates in post-secondary institutions. Founded in 1890, STAO has a long history of promoting excellence in science education and is a voice for teachers. Our goals are accomplished through our committed volunteer base, supported by a small energetic staff and contractor team. We are proud of our ability to deliver strategic advocacy, a quality teacher conference, and a wide range of resources, by working as a cooperative team that supports our members and the broader educator community.

About the Role:

STAO is seeking a visionary, dynamic and committed individual who possesses skills in strategic planning implementation, operational planning, financial management, funder relations, developing partnerships, project management and building science-based initiatives that support teacher professional learning. The Executive Director is the senior staff position in STAO, an ex-officio member and principal resource person to the Board of Directors and STAO’s various working committees. This position reports to the Board of Directors.



  • To assist the Board in developing a vision for the association.

  • To assist the Board in the implementation of its vision through support for its various roles including strategic planning, communications, risk analysis, succession planning, developing policies,  providing financial communication and demonstrating accountability to the organization.

  • To expand and create new opportunities for growth, professional learning, resource development, marketing, promotion and memberships.

  • To ensure that all board activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, provincial, federal regulations and laws.

  • To build and manage partnership collaboration within the community, which could include key industry sectors, governments, foundations, other subject associations and educational institutions.

  • To supervise support staff and contractors.

  • To provide administrative support to the Board and its Committees in the preparation of agendas and minutes, and to implement directives from the Board.

  • To be the primary contact for organizations other than the Ministry of Education.

Operations Management:

  • Directing and overseeing the achievement of STAO’s objective with respect to membership, programs and services, public relations, employee relations, stakeholder relations and overall image and profile in the STEM Education sector.

  • Working with the Board of Directors and its Committees, take a lead role in developing and executing STAO’s strategic plan and annual committee plans.

  • Working with the Conference Planning Committee.

  • Working with the various committees in their role with STAO.

  • Encouraging effective and positive working relationships and teamwork amongst volunteers and staff.

Financial Management:

  • In conjunction with the Treasurer, ensure sound financial management including establishing annual operational and budget planning cycles, analyzing and supporting Treasurer’s reporting to the Board on STAO’s monthly financial position and balance sheet on-going grant-funding management, and supporting our external audit.

  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.


  • Collaborating with STAO’s volunteer committees, taking a leading role in increasing earned revenue, both through growing memberships and attendance at the annual conference.

  • Developing and updating the fundraising plan with the Board.

  • Maintaining and building positive relationships with funders and community partnerships


  • A minimum of three to five years’ experience in a senior leadership role in the not-for-profit sector or a business background, combined with Board of Directors experience for a non-profit organization.

  • Demonstrated experience in operational, financial management, planning and administration.

  • Proven ability to work effectively with a volunteer Board of Directors.

  • Superior written and oral communication skills.

  • Proven ability to collaborate and develop productive relationships with governments, strategic partners, funders and donors

  • Fundraising experience would be an asset.


  • A graduate or undergraduate degree in a related field.

  • Knowledge of STEM would be an asset.

At STAO, diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of who we are. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that reflects the diversity of our organization. It fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our people and our members. We strive to nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@stao.ca.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received on a rolling basis until the role is filled.  A PDF of this job description can be downloaded by clicking this link.

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