Ontario’s Big City Mayors

Executive Director

Ontario’s Big City Mayors (formerly Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario), an organization comprised of the mayors of Ontario’s 29 largest cities, is seeking a full-time Executive Director. 

Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) is comprised of mayors who represent Ontario cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Collectively, Ontario’s Big City Mayors represent nearly 70% of Ontario’s population. OBCM provides a voice for big city mayors in policy debates that impact Ontario cities. Through policy development, advocacy, discussion and partnerships, Ontario’s Big City Mayors support strong and effective cities.

The Executive Director will play a key role in implementing the organization’s strategic direction and provide expert government relations advice to OBCM’s Chair and members, strengthening the organization’s position as a trusted, respected voice of Ontario’s big cities. Areas of focus include enhancing relations with federal and provincial governments to build OBCM’s value as a municipal sector partner; developing sound public policy positions on a range of issues important to big cities; and ensuring OBCM presents a prominent, consistent voice to governments, media, and the public.

This role encompasses the functions of government relations and advocacy, communications, and administration of meetings.  This position reports to the OBCM Board’s Executive and, as the sole full-time employee of OBCM, is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the OBCM Board. The Executive Director will work closely with OBCM’s Chair to ensure work plans implement Members’ priorities and strategic directions. The Executive Director will also work closely with member municipalities’ Chief Administrative Officers and other staff to share information and ensure alignment.

The ED will research and develop policy positions on key issues and opportunities that affect Ontario’s big cities and deliver expert advice to the OBCM Chair and Members as they seek to influence public policy among other levels of government and advocate for change. They will build relationships with government stakeholders and develop and implement an advocacy plan based on the priorities of OBCM Members.

A strong communicator, the ED is responsible for researching and writing submissions for federal and provincial government policy consultation processes, preparing briefing notes and speaking notes, and providing strategic communications advice to the Chair and Members. The ED is the first point of contact for OBCM for Members, their staff, stakeholders, media and the public and will develop and maintain the organization’s social media presence.

As the sole employee, the ED is a strong administrator, managing and providing administrative support for OBCM meetings, measuring performance and progress towards OBCM goals, and maintaining and reporting on the budget.

The ideal candidate brings a thorough understanding of the municipal sector, particularly large urban municipalities, and current and future trends, challenges, and opportunities that impact them. You bring government relations, communications, and leadership experience in a not-for-profit organization, association, municipality, or other public sector organization. Your understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and relationships between levels of government in Canada and your political acuity support your ability to build and maintain strong relationships with elected officials, stakeholders, and senior staff. You are proactive and strategic, with an ability to work independently to set priorities and develop, implement, and measure plans and initiatives. This is a remote work opportunity, based from a home office in Ontario, with monthly travel required to OBCM meetings and conferences.

OBCM is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, racially visible persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and others. 

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online ideally by August 20, 2021 at https://www.odgersberndtson.com/en/careers/17278. For more information, please contact Margaret Vanwyck of Odgers Berndtson at Margaret.vanwyck@odgersberndtson.com. We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.


OBCM is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and OBCM throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.