MediaSmarts has a small but mighty team based in Ottawa. This talented group of creative individuals produces and disseminates our award-winning resources and programs used in thousands of homes and classrooms across Canada and around the world.

Title: Executive Director

Location: Ottawa

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. The vision of the organization is to ensure that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. To ensure this, MediaSmarts mission is to; provide leadership in advancing digital and media literacy in Canadian schools, homes and communities, develop and deliver high quality Canadian-based digital and media literacy resources and conduct and disseminate research that contributes to the development of informed public policy on issues related to media. It is an exciting fast-paced time for digital and media literacy in Canada, and it is within this context that MediaSmarts is seeking to recruit a new Executive Director.

The new Executive Director will be responsible for the achievement of the MediaSmarts vision, mission, and strategic priorities and will embrace the opportunities and challenges associated with the Internet and the positive role that digital and media literacy can have for Canadians. The Executive Director will lead a highly effective team of resources and be a key leader in managing relationships with the wide variety of stakeholders, sponsors and partners that MediaSmarts interacts with. Finally, this individual will ensure that MediaSmarts maintains its current and future organizational capacity to continue to meet the complex demands of the digital and media literacy landscape in Canada.

As an ideal candidate, you have experience leading a not-for-profit organization or relevant leadership skills that could be transferred to this environment. You have knowledge of the issues and opportunities associated with digital and media literacy and will embrace the challenge of leading an organization that operates in a highly dynamic and continually evolving sector. You understand how to navigate and achieve results within multi-stakeholder environments, and you have an energetic and dynamic interpersonal style when networking or engaging with stakeholders. You are a leader who is consultative and approachable, you have exceptional listening and facilitation skills, and you are skilled at finding creative solutions when faced with complex challenges. You have strong financial management skills, and enjoy leading people and unlocking the potential of teams, while cultivating a respectful and consensus oriented culture.

To explore this exciting opportunity, please submit your application and related materials to Paul Marshall at and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.