CFAA Executive Director Search

(Posting Date: 13/01/17)

Established in 1973, the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) is a not-for-profit organization that has remained focused on its mission “To maximize the effectiveness and use of fire alarms in the protection of life and property throughout Canada". Having enjoyed continual growth and recognition, the CFAA operates from a national office in Markham, Ontario and through volunteer chapters across Canada. The CFAA serves more than 480 voting members, 100 associate subscribers, 1,500 students and 3,800 registered trainees and fire alarm technicians across Canada.
Today, the CFAA is building on this success by adapting and responding to the needs of the sector and its’ members and registered technicians. With a renewed commitment to a safer Canada, the Association has developed a strategic plan placing a stronger emphasis on a national presence and an enhanced responsiveness to training, education, outreach and serving the needs of our members, technicians, AHJ’s, users and the public.
Reporting to and collaborating with the CFAA National Board of Directors, and working with a small team of staff, the Executive Director will continue with the implementation of the strategic plan that will drive the CFAA education programs as well as other provincial and national initiatives.
To be successful in this role, the Executive Director will excel as a relationship manager, possessing the communications and presentation skills that will engage and influence a range of stakeholders and decision makers to champion the goals of CFAA.
Trusted, collaborative, and possessing sound judgment with the ability to prioritize deliverables and manage expectations of multiple parties. Business, board and/or committee experience you have developed your sound understanding of the dynamics involved in motivating and supporting staff, consultants, contractors and volunteers.
A seasoned manager with at least five (5) years in supervisory roles, our ideal candidate would possess experience in the Fire Alarm industry with a strong working knowledge of building codes, fire codes, and fire alarm related standards. An understanding of delivery models in a training or educational environment would be considered an asset; as would be experience managing and succeeding in a business or a not-for-profit association.
Bilingual, both oral and written, capability in English and French would be ideal.
The position normally works from the Markham, Ontario office with the ability to travel 10% of the time is essential. There is no relocation allowance for the successful candidate.
To receive a copy of the CFAA Executive Director Position Description please email your request to
To explore this opportunity, in confidence, please email your cover letter and resume to:  

Steve Clemens at
We thank all applicants for their interest and will directly contact those who present the strongest qualifications.
Application Deadline: 4:00 PM EST, February 17, 2017.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy, personal information will only be used for candidate selection.

Accommodations will be provided throughout the recruitment, hiring and employment process in accordance with the AODA and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The CFAA is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.