CEO, The Mustard Seed

crawfordconnect | Calgary, AB, Canada

Posted Date 9/18/2023

Over 35 Years of Growing Hope


The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in five cities across Alberta and British Columbia, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.


The idea for a street ministry came from Pat Nixon who founded The Mustard Seed in 1984, opening the first location in Calgary. Today, the organization operates in multiple cities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat in Alberta, and Kamloops in British Columbia. All locations offer an expansive range of programs and services to serve our most vulnerable community members by providing basic needs (food, clothing, and hygiene items), education, employment programs, health and wellness services, spiritual care, housing, and emergency shelter.


The more than 550 staff who work at The Mustard Seed care about the whole person – physical, mental and spiritual. They recognize that the root causes of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, and so the organization continues to grow with the needs of those it serves.


The Mustard Seed owns and manages over 525 shelter beds and 325 housing units for low income and formerly homeless individuals (and provides housing in addition to the 325 units through a contract with the Alberta government -- representing housing for an additional 80 people but not units owned by the Seed) in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Kamloops, BC. Additional services include:  basic needs, health and wellness, employment, spiritual care, community engagement and community impact centres.


Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Location: Calgary, AB


The Mustard Seed is seeking an engaging, motivated, results oriented individual, who brings an active Christian faith perspective to take on this exciting leadership role. The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to the Board of Directors (the "Board") for the development and management of ministry direction, programs, financial resources, and human resources of this $42 million organization.


Experience, Skills & Attributes

  • A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and active in the faith community. Possesses spiritual maturity and application; demonstrates godliness in practice and word; strong commitment to TMS theology, values, and standards.
  • Recognized as a strategic executive leader in the community and sector with an entrepreneurial spirit – a builder by nature.
  • 10+ years of senior experience in a significant leadership role including development and execution of strategy.
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with the non-profit sector.
  • Demonstrates maturity in character and leadership, proven staff development, delegation, and performance management.
  • Board of Director governance/Executive understanding and accountability.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and execution, including developing financial and resource plans.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with others and be sensitive to the needs of different communities and cultures that The Seed serves. Highly collaborative.
  • Confident, natural communicator with the ability to appropriately target the audience, exceptional presentation skills.
  • Visionary; able to establish a vision and rally others around that vision.
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to deal with emerging issues as they occur.
  • Diplomatic; able to challenge the status quo in a diplomatic manner when necessary.
  • A team player: willing to roll up their sleeves and help where and when necessary.
  • Able to delegate and empower others.
  • Capable of identifying and securing funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to travel to The Seed’s sites and locations (up to 35% of time).



  • An undergraduate degree in business management, finance, communication, service delivery and any other related field is essential; an MBA would be considered an asset.


Working Conditions

  • The Mustard Seed is a Christian ministry and requires the CEO to be in agreement with and to sign a statement of faith.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.


What The Mustard Seed offers you in return

  • Competitive compensation range – $225,000 to $240,000
  • $10,000 annual vehicle allowance
  • 5 weeks of vacation to start, 5 personal days, 4 wellness days
  • Business Membership fees and Professional Development costs to be determined case by case
  • Extended health, dental and vision
  • RSP match up to 80% that goes to defined contribution plan


This search is being conducted on behalf of The Mustard Seed by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting leaders for Canada’s non-profit sector. If someone you know may be interested in this position, please feel free to forward this information – we would be pleased to connect with them.


Application Details

By October 16, 2023, please apply with your cover letter and resume, as two separate documents, through our website at


Questions about the position? Contact Liz Latimer at

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest online, through our website, in confidence. If you have technical issues with applying, please email

We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary225,000.00 - 240,000.00 Annual
Ministry Focus
Employment Status
Full time

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