The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). CAAN is a non-profit national Indigenous organization with the following mission: CAAN provides a National forum for Indigenous Peoples to holistically address HIV and AIDS, HCV, STBBIs, TB, Mental Health and related co-morbidity issues; promotes a Social Determinants of Health framework through advocacy; and provides accurate and up to date resources on these issues in a culturally relevant manner for Indigenous Peoples wherever they reside.

Reporting to a national Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for overseeing the establishment and strategic implementation of the organization’s objectives and activities to achieve CAAN’s mission. The CEO is a dynamic individual who will bring responsive and exciting leadership to CAAN’s membership and guide a diverse staff working across the country. To achieve this, the CEO is responsible for overseeing all operations including: research and programs; formulating organizational policies and procedures; ensuring evaluation and reporting to all funders; etc. Public relations, fund development and networking are key expectations of the CEO role.

The ideal candidate:

  • Must support the mandate, policies and procedures of the organization and be able to develop or update new guidelines as needed;
  • Has extensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C, Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections, Tuberculosis, Mental Health and related co-morbidity issues;
  • Is grounded in Indigenous cultural ways, respecting a diverse Indigenous population;
  • Has a demonstrated ability to lead, develop and work with teams and community partners;
  • Has strong financial management capabilities and operational management experience;
  • Must have experience with proposal writing and fundraising;
  • Must be willing and able to travel extensively, including internationally, and have a current passport.


  • Minimum five (5) years in a senior management role, including extensive knowledge of the Employment Standards Act;
  • A post secondary degree in a related field (e.g. Social Sciences or Social Justice) and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience, ideally in a non-profit HIV sector;
  • Demonstrated ability to report to a Board of Directors and carry out their strategic directions;
  • Strong written & oral skills, including keeping accurate records and developing narrative/financial reports;
  • Strong financial capabilities with the ability to manage an annual budget of a least $2 million, including preparing budgets for Board approval;
  • Must be proficient in MS office Suite (and others);
  • Must have a Class 5 Drivers License.

Key duties:

  • Oversee the material, human and financial resources to implement CAAN’s objectives and activities;
  • Supervise two major departments of Programs and Research;
  • Establish, prepare and implement annual budgets, financial and administrative controls;
  • Formulate and approve promotional campaigns;
  • Approve overall personnel planning, including hiring, training and ensuring annual personnel appraisals are performed;
  • Represent the organization, or delegate representatives to act on behalf of the organization, in International, National & Regional committees, councils, etc.;
  • Vision and plan for both the short and long term objectives and activities to achieve CAAN’s mission;
  • Work closely with committees, including finance, personnel, and contract negotiation;
  • lan, organize and implement fundraising initiatives.

Preference will be giving to persons with Indigenous ancestry. People living with HIV and/or HCV are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a permanent full-time position subject to CAAN policies and salary scales. Excellent working conditions, competitive salary, expected start date by January 2020.

Please submit resume and cover letter by email:
Att. Don Turner, CAAN Treasurer at

October 25, 2019, 2019 by 4:00 pm PDT.


(604) 266-7616
Vancouver, BC V6N 2C7