Current Opportunities

Executive Director 

Toronto, Ontario


The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), is a charitable, non-profit applied research organization dedicated to achieving healthy urban development. We provide public and private sector clients with high quality unbiased analysis and recommendations to build decision-making capacity; shape public policy; and implement best practices.

To deliver our work, we partner with local, provincial and federal governments, private sector companies, universities and colleges, and social enterprises. We have developed a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to managing teams to deliver non-partisan results. Current funding is primarily for projects, with some for events.

Our current staff is 7 full-time plus three contract part-time employees, including the current Executive Director.


The Executive Director will manage a dedicated team to build and sustain CUI’s platform and value proposition, and inspire innovation, collaboration, commitment and funding. The Executive Director will bring a strong intellectual foundation in urban policy and practice and contribute as a member of project teams.

The Executive Director will be comfortable effectively managing both the strategic planning and the tactical execution required to achieve measurable results. Demonstrated experience in management of fee for service consulting model is a considered an asset. Growing and sustaining relationships with existing and new funders, foundations, governments and corporations will be key to success.

The Executive Director will examine CUI’s current operating model and lead the organization and Board in evaluating alternative strategies to fulfil our mandate, which will include finding new partnerships and funding sources as well as establishing a robust membership program.

Compensation of $150,000 per annum as a base salary plus incremental increases with revenue growth


If you think this role could be right for you, please review the Full Executive Director Opportunity Description.