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About Choices for Youth:

Choices for Youth (CFY) is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to supporting children, youth and young families in accessing stable housing and employment while working toward family stability and better health, all through innovative programming and social enterprises. With a focus on prevention, intervention, and support, CFY helps youth and their families break cycles of poverty and homelessness and transition to healthy, stable, and independent lives. We approach our work with the belief that every young person has immense potential, and with the right set of supports they can achieve their self-identified goals. We have a vision of a world that is free of social and economic barriers, where young people feel able and encouraged to pursue their aspirations and potential.

CFY combines trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, and harm-reduction practices with an empowerment philosophy and Housing First for Youth Framework. This ensures that all activities meet the needs of young people, promote flexibility, and innovation in our response to breaking down barriers they may face. Our work is informed by the lived experience and expertise of young people, feedback from program participants, input from community partners, and guidance from national programming and research.

CFY launched our first five-year strategic plan last year, which was co-developed with youth, staff, stakeholders, and our Board of Directors. Our Strategic Plan 2023-2028 sets the roadmap for our collective work in supporting youth and young families in our province, with the goal of ending child and youth homelessness in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Last year, CFY supported over 1,300 young people, employed 87 youth trainees through social enterprise, and housed 179 young people with an 87% housing occupancy rate. Our most recent annual report showcases our innovative programming, direct impact, advocacy efforts, and valuable partnerships.

Welcoming Expressions of Interests:


Choices for Youth’s Board of Directors, through the Human Resources & Compensation Committee, is leading an Expression of Interest process to identify qualified individuals for the Executive Director of Choices for Youth.  The process to submit your expression of interest is outlined below, including an overview of the Job Profile,  key requirements, core competencies, and instructions. Interested candidates are encouraged to review CFY’s website, our five-year strategic plan, and our annual reports. 

Executive Director Job Profile: 


The Executive Director reports to Choices for Youth’s Board of Directors and is responsible for overall leadership and direction of all programming offered through Choices for Youth and the directive functions which support this mandate.  The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership to a growing impactful organization with approximately $13 million in revenue and over 100 employees.


The Executive Director is accountable for directing the planning, development, provision, and evaluation of a broad range of supports and services to youth who are experiencing various degrees of instability in their lives.  The Executive Director ensures the fulfillment of the organization’s mission to provide supportive counseling, emergency shelter, community based supportive housing, crisis intervention and other specialized services to youth and groups of youth, social enterprise and training operations.


The Executive Director works closely with the organization’s senior leadership team to inspire innovative and youth-centric solutions and services.  The Executive Director ensures that the organization is continually well equipped to advance its mission by building a strong leadership team to manage the program and business operations on a day to day and mid-term basis in alignment with the mission, core values, operating principles, and cultural commitments.


The Executive Director stays focused on the direction and future strategy of the organization and the sector, and empowers the leadership team to deliver programming, services, operations, and performance; and brings understanding of how the operational processes impact retention, services, and fundraising for the organization. 


A detailed role profile can be found < HERE >  The core requirements and key competencies for this important leadership role are:


  • The role requires the successful candidate to be physically located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador on a full-time basis. 

  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in similar senior roles in nonprofit sector

  • Individuals expressing an interest in this role will be evaluated on requirements experience, along with core competencies specifically in Relationship Building, Strategic and Visionary Leadership, Operational Leadership, Decision Making, and Action and Results Orientation including Continuous Improvement.



Those interested in expressing an interest in this position are required to complete 2 steps in this application process.


Step 1:  Complete the Expression of Interest form < HERE > outlining your interests, highlights of your qualifications, and relevant prior experience, and alignment with the role, mandate, mission, and vision of CFY.  Your completed form will be automatically submitted to the Choices for Youth recruitment confidential database.

Step 2:   Send your up to date resume/CV to


Both of these steps are to be completed no later than Thursday, May 30, 2024.


While all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, when choosing among candidates of equivalent qualifications, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, in compliance with the Government of Canada Immigration rules and regulations.


CFY strives towards a culture of inclusion and empowerment, one where there is a sense of belonging and safety while prioritizing diversity across the organization, including in its Board of Directors composition, employment practices, staff, policies, programming, and services. CFY actively works to support program participants, staff, and volunteers who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized and/or as members of other equity-seeking and/or religious, cultural and other communities; members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; people with disabilities; and people from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.


CFY is committed to providing support and accommodations to all involved with the organization, including employees, program participants, and volunteers. Should you require support or accommodation(s) to enable your participation within CFY’s programs, and/or during expression of interest process please let us know at any point. 

About St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador


The City of St. John's is Canada's most easterly city and the capital city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's is the main commercial, financial, educational and cultural centre for the province. It is the location of the seat of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The City extends from a century-old urban core to include suburban developments, shopping complexes and industrial sites. It is equipped with all the conveniences of a growing, progressive metropolitan centre. About one-third of Newfoundland's population lives in the St. John's and surrounding area.

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s most easternly province, possesses an extraordinary character as unique and colourful as its history and landscape. Whether is our rich and diverse opportunities in business, investment, and exploration or the amazing backdrop for academics, creations, or innovation, everyone is encouraged to explore all the advantages our province has to offer.

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