Executive Director

  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • Executive
    • Full Time | 
    • Permanent
  • 12138 Fourth Ave. Richmond
  • 1 position available
  • Assessible Employer: Yes
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: No
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Posted on May 29, 2023

Job Description

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is a charitable non-profit whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Canada’s west coast fishing industry. The Society does this by operating the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and undertaking other public education initiatives related to its mission.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing operations of the Society and implementing the vision set by the Board.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

Governance & Operations
-Manage and direct operations, programs and activities of the Society
-Write the Annual Report and other reports and plans as required
-Develop and implement operating policies and procedures that align with the Society’s mission and contractual agreements with Parks Canada
-Compile regular reports and submit to Board of Directors
-Support the work of the Board and Committees
-Serve as staff liaison for executive, finance and fundraising committees, Board, special general meeting, annual general meeting, and participate in other committees as required
-Prepare and implement effective health and safety procedures

Human Resources
-Ensure the organization follows Society HR policies and amend them as required by applicable legislation
-Hire, supervise and evaluate the management team and contractors
-Prepare and supervise the implementation of annual and ad hoc performance reviews
-Oversee administration and development of employee benefit plans and remuneration packages

Financial Management
-Prepare and manage an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million revenue
-Supervise staff, bookkeepers, and collaborate with accountant to ensure generally accepted and applicable accounting procedures are followed
-Ensure Revenue Canada Charity information return and other financial reporting is completed and submitted as required
-Identify operational efficiencies and implement changes

-Supervise the maintenance officer to ensure the facilities operations are properly maintained
-Work with Health and Safety Committee to ensure necessary security and safety procedures are in place
-Liaise with Parks Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and contractors regarding capital repairs or betterments

Fund Development
-Oversee, facilitate and submit grant applications
-Liaise with fundraising committee to execute fundraising initiatives
-Oversee sponsorship relationships and requests as approved and directed by the fundraising committee

External Relations
-Liaise with Parks Canada regarding management of the site and compliance with existing agreements
-Negotiate agreements renewal with Parks Canada
-Prepare and submit reports to Parks Canada as required
-Establish and maintain relationships with related organizations, government departments and agencies, indigenous groups, community groups, corporations, foundations and individuals that align with the Society’s mission

-You possess initiative and a collaborative leadership style.
-You have outstanding relationship building and communication skills.
-You analyze organizational trends and articulate strategic recommendations.
-You effectively solve problems.
-You demonstrate a high standard of excellence.
-You act with uncompromising integrity and ethics.
-You energize others, lead by example, recognize contributions, and celebrate accomplishments.
-You search for opportunities and are willing to experiment and know how to take calculated risks.
-You have a passion for history, heritage, and public education.
-You exhibit a business mindset with a drive for results.

-Three to five years experience in a leadership role, preferably but not necessarily in an arts and cultural institution
-Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
-Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, human resource management, program development and task facilitation
-Excellent financial skills and proven track record in fund development
-Prior experience in a non-profit organization preferred
-Fluent in English, with strong research, writing, and editing skills
-Basic IT skills
-Basic understanding of museum and/or heritage site management
-Ability to work flexible hours



Other Perks/Benefits

Comprehensive benefits package and RRSP matching program. Ongoing professional and personal development,

Job Application Process

Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Stiene, board member, at Susan.stiene@optimas.ca by June 30, 2023. Only suitable candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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