Looking to hire a Chief Operating Officer

Job brief

ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd – Halifax, NS

We are looking for an experienced Chief Operating Officer or COO to oversee our organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. You will be the company’s second-in-command and responsible for the efficiency of the business.

The COO role is a key member of the senior management team, reporting only to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). You’ll have to maintain control of diverse business operations, so we expect you to be an experienced and efficient leader. If you also have excellent people skills, business acumen, and exemplary work ethics, we’d like to meet you.

The goal of the COO position is to secure the functionality of business to drive extensive and sustainable growth.


Design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures
Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth
Establish policies that promote company culture and vision
Oversee daily operations of the company and the work of executives (IT, Marketing, Sales, Finance etc.)
Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication
Evaluate performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
Write and submit reports to the CEO in all matters of importance
Assist CEO in fundraising ventures
Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances etc.)
Manage relationships with partners/vendors


Proven experience as Chief Operating Office or relevant role
Understanding of business functions such as HR, Finance, marketing etc.
Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development
Experience in fundraising will be a plus
Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
Working knowledge of IT/Business infrastructure, Gsuite and MS Office
Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities
Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving

BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MSc/MBA is a plus

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Keith@ADDvoacycoach.com.

Applications open October 15th,2017 and close on December 15th, 2017 at Midnight.

Only those short-listed will be contacted.

Thank you for your consideration.

Keith Gelhorn – CEO

Awesome feedback from my workshop at the Literacy Nova Scotia PD Conference for Practioners on April 1st 2016!

Thank you for presenting at the Literacy Nova Scotia PD Conference for Practitioners – March 31 – April 1.
Below are the comments collected on our evaluation/feedback forms on your session.


SStrADDegies for Success in your Transition to Post-Secondary

10 people attended

Comments: Why did you select this session? Was it what you expected? What will you take away from it?

· Excellent presentation, great advice for resources

· I have learners who have ADD and would like some ideas on how to help my learners.

· Cover the connection to Metroworks – lots of informative info about services available.

· Very useful – lots of resources – good discussion. Trying to meet the needs of ADHD learners. Excellent resources provided. Be more engaged in accessing resources for ADHD learners.

· A subject of interest – Awesome!! -need I say more – very inspiring – get him again.

· Great presentation. Excellent content. Great, eloquent speaker.

· Excellent – Will certainly be reaching out to Keith for further help. Would love in-depth session # 2 next time! Best session of all!

· Why- To learn strategies to better assist certain learners. – Appreciated that his standard presentation was adapted to speak to adult learners. Take away – great resources that are available.

· Highlight Session! Amazing! – I would have liked it to be longer. Keith was fantastic. Got more than expected. Awareness about ADHD as well as StrADDegies.

The first StrADDegies for Success workshop on February 27th, 2016 for youth in transition to post secondary and their parents was a great success!


On Friday February 27th, 2016 I put together the first “StrADDegies for Success” workshop at the Royal Bank Theatre in the Halifax Infirmary.

We had close to 30 participants register for the day, which is great considering it was the first one and that it was organized in under a month.

In the morning, in an interactive lecture format, I went over stats and introduced the process of getting a formal diagnosis of ADHD as well as some of the somewhat limited treatment options in Nova Scotia. I then went on to introduce the local, provincial and federal resources that do exist. Being as this particular workshop focused on youth in transition, we spent a significant amount of time talking about Post-Secondary Disability Services Grants and how to maximize them in youths transition to post-secondary.

After an hour break, we reconvened in the afternoon with a presentation by Bonnie Waugh M.A.S.P. (Psychologist). Bonnie led the group in an interactive discussion, through the process of acquiring a great psycho-educational assessment. Bonnie also got into explaining how ADHD is often misdiagnosed as other disabilities or vice versa. In addition, she helped the group understand how learning disabilities can often mask themselves as attention deficits and what signs or symptoms to look for in separating the two.

Finally, we wrapped up the day with a Q&A session as well as introduced a series of workshops that we will be offering this spring / summer (still ironing out the details) targeted at helping high functioning youth in their transition to life beyond high school.

I have a 3-day training course coming out this spring / summer (Location TBA) for $649+HST

DAY 1 – Morning – Students bring in their completed psych-ed assessments and we go through them with a highlighter with Bonnie Waugh (psychologist) to answer any questions. In the afternoon, we talk about self-advocacy and strADDegies around assertively seeking accommodations both in school and in the workplace.

DAY 2 – Morning – Introduction to post-secondary student services, applying for grants. Afternoon – Personal development, Executive Function, Challenging Limiting Beliefs, etc. . .

DAY 3 – Morning – Organization. Afternoon – Time Management strategies ($100 extra fee for organization system and agenda)

BONUS – Last week in AUGUST – Free 30 minute 1-on-1 session – I will meet with all my students / parents who have signed on for coaching throughout the school year, before school starts, to answer any outstanding questions.

Students will also have the options to purchase the following:
1.Binder and Agenda ($100)
2.The Executive Function Workbook – $20
3.Career assessment with 2 hours of 1-1 transition planning ($279)
4.Assistance filling out government paperwork (grants, scholarships, ($Call for more info)
5.1-on-1 Coaching (45 minute weekly coaching session + check-in’s by text or email) – $75 session for students and $100 session or everyone else ($50 session may be subsidized through post-secondary disability services for a Learning Strategist once they are enrolled full-time at school and qualify for PSDS Funding for the year).

I am the only one in the province at this rate and who specialized in ADHD, executive function, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other challenges relating the learning disabilities and mental health challenges.

Interested in registering for this program or finding out more? Call Keith Gelhorn at 902-580-2343 or email me at keith@ADDvocacyCOACH.ca for more information.

Are you an educator? Looking for strADDegies in the classroom? How about a some first person perspective to help inspire your students? Call me today!

Some examples of workshops / training I offer for educators are:

“StrADDegies in the classroom”
“Out of focus” – Understanding what makes your ADHD student tick.
“The top 10 ways to succeed at post-secondary as a student with ADHD and Co-Occurring conditions”
“10 easy steps to navigate the maze of up to $10,000 per year in Post-Secondary Disability Services grants”
“Emotions Management Techniques” – Strategies for controlling flash anger
“The ADHD Friendly Writing Template” – Teach any student how to write any size paper or assignment with confidence!

Some examples of educational institutions I have provides workshops for include, but are not limited to:

* NSCC (Waterfront, IT, Akerley, Truro, Lunenburg, Marconi, Pictou, etc)
* Dalhousie University
* Cape Breton University
* School Plus Program
* Hawthorn Elementary School (for students in a grade 6 class)

Contact me today to book a workshop at your place of work!

Are you a non-profit organization? Looking for strADDegies for both your employees and clients? I offer some great 1/2 days workshops!

Examples of workshops include:

“The top 10 ways to transition into post-secondary, the workplace or entrepreneurship with ADHD & Co-Occurring Conditions”
“Out of focus” – Understanding the Emotional Rollercoaster of ADHD
“Flash Anger” – Tips on how to create a pause and break the cycle of rage.

Check out this “partial list” of non-profit organizations who have hired me to facilitate workshops throughout Nova Scotia:

* Centre for Entrepreneurship and Educational Development
* Teamwork Cooperative and the Workbridge
* Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network
* The Self Help Connection
* MetroWorks
* Future Works (3 times)
* Community Justice Society
* Options Program
* Phoenix Youth
* Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre
* Supportive Housing for Young Mothers
* Joachim Stroink Community Town Hall
* Employment Solutions Society
* Community Inc
* Employment Opportunities Partnership
* West Nova Inclusive Employment Society

Are you an for profit employer looking for StrADDegies to improve workplace culture? I offer 1/2 day to custom full and multi-day training sessions! I also offer 1-on-1 coaching for your employees!

Contact me to inquire about training opportunities for you and your staff!

Examples of employers who I have provided training for in the past include, but are not limited to:

* Prince George & Atlantica Hotels
* Department of National Defense
* Dalhousie University
* Nova Scotia Community College
* Nova Scotia Probation Services

I am also a Red Seal Journeyman Plumber / Gas Fitter and am looking for opportunities to train employers in the Trades. I have recently partnered in a collaborative project to create a promo video with Skills Canada – Nova Scotia to raise awareness about supporting individuals with Diverse-Abilities in Trades and Technology!

The Second Annual Nova Scotia ADHD Awareness Expo is on Wednesday, October 14th from 5-8pm


CLICK HERE – For FREE Tickets to the Nova Scotia ADHD Awareness Expo on Eventbrite

CLICK HERE – For an updated list of Exhibitors on our Facebook Page

GOLD SPONSORS – ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd & Erica Baker Psychological Services

SILVER SPONSORS – The Self Help Connection & Aerobics First