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Job Number:  57713
Executive Director
Job Posted: Friday, 20 September 2019
Closing Date: Sunday, 13 October 2019
(2 days ago)
Columbia College
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: (not entered)

Executive Director, Columbia College Society

Columbia College

Since 1936, Columbia College has offered quality educational programs designed to prepare students for university admission. These programs include a University Transfer Program that is fully integrated into the BC Transfer System, a Secondary Program that is certified by the Province of British Columbia, and a full-time Academic Preparatory English Program that is accredited by Languages Canada. Thousands of students, both Canadian and international, have progressed through Columbia’s programs to successful Canadian universities. The College prides itself in providing educational pathways for students to gain a foundation and continue on to university.

Job Summary:

The College is looking to hire an inaugural Executive Director to start and grow the Columbia College Society charitable operation as a separate entity to the Columbia College education operation, guided by the values and principles developed as a result of the college’s 80-year history. The Executive Director will report to a Board of Governors and will lead the development and implementation of a strategy that will shape the future of the Columbia College Society as a separate charitable entity from the Columbia College education operation, and set the Society on a path to even greater impact and reach. As such, the individual hired will be an inspirational leader in the non-profit sector, capable of sparking change, inspiring creativity and bettering lives.

Reporting to the Board of Governors (BoG), the Executive Director is responsible for the general direction and overall management of day-to-day operations of the Columbia College Society aligned with the Columbia College Society charitable vision. The Executive Director will be responsible for identifying areas of education opportunities, implementing initiatives to serve identified target communities, ensuring such programs continue to develop, meet and exceed the highest of quality. Initially, the Society will rely on annual funding from education operations. In time, it is expected that the Executive Director will leverage this funding to take advantage of external funding opportunities.

The Executive Director is expected to be a community leader, seeking out key contacts in the community including other post-secondary institutions, developing relationships, cementing solid partnerships and securing grants, to grow the educational impact the college has on society and the presence within the community.

Duties and Responsibilities included but not limited to:

Leadership & Implementation of Board Policies and Decisions

  • Work with the Board of Governors and Society members in developing and implementing a strategic plan to guide the charity over the next five years.
  • Act as a resource to the Board of Governors so that policy and programmatic decisions are made on an informed basis.
  • Gather, interpret and articulate information to the Board of Governors about community trends and resources as they are related to enhancing the Board’s capacity for effective communication, decision-making, and long-term planning.
  • In addition to the Principal and Vice-Principal(s) of Columbia College, act as a spokesperson for the Society and represent the Society at community activities to enhance the Society’s community profile.

Operational Planning and Management

  • Ensure that the operation of the Society meets the expectation of its participants, Board of Governors, and other stakeholders.
  • Create and implement a strategic and resource management plan for charitable programming and disbursements aligned with societal charitable guiding principles and values, and a commitment to educational excellence.
  • Develop operating and project plans for planned programs.
  • Develop and implement administrative processes to support the efficient operation of the charity, risk management and privacy laws.
  • Prioritize service quality by developing a metric-base system to track progress.

Program Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Society’s charitable programs and services.
  • Ensure that any individual or group involved in any charitable program or service is appropriately trained to ensure programs and services offered by the Columbia College Society contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality ensuring that program and partnership needs are met.

Financial Sustainability & Money Management

  • Work with the Financial Controller to ensure operational needs and program needs are met in accordance with the annual financial budget.
  • Create an operation plan to ensure the operational budget remains financially sustainable in the fiscal year.
  • Ensure that disbursement from the College education operation, and funding received from external donors, is strategically and responsibly disbursed and accounted for.
  • Work with the Financial Controller to meet all College, funder/government reporting, submission and proposal requirements, ensuring compliance with CRA standards.
  • Research, apply and manage grant applications by developing key partnerships, seeking and writing proposals to leverage external granting opportunities 


  • Position the Columbia College Society to access opportunities for learning, innovation, profile raising and partnerships.
  • Establish and maintain key contacts and relationships to promote the work and reputation of the Columbia College Society.
  • Develop relationships and secure matching funds from a variety of sources including foundations, trusts, and major donors.


  • Engage in the delivery of a compelling brand story to promote student, Society and community engagement.
  • Regularly engage traditional and social media to communicate a compelling story on an ongoing basis, engage stakeholder involvement, and grow presence in the community
  • Support outreach with a monthly newsletter.

Human Resources

  • Maintain a personal professional development program that will include staying current with relevant research and policy papers.
  • Working with the Human Resource Manager, on an ongoing basis, manage the organizational structure to best carry out responsibilities, which includes committees, and acquisition of additional resources.
  • As needed, engage and mentor volunteers and involved stakeholders with professional development workshops and appreciation.

The Ideal candidate will possess the required competencies:

  • Strategic thinking and leadership with the ability to identify programming opportunities aligned with the charitable vision of the Society.
  • Strong analytical skills and a commitment to collaborative decision-making.
  • Demonstrated initiative, proactively bringing forward ideas to the Society that are visionary yet doable.
  • Strong ability to support, work effectively with and galvanize Society members, students and the external stakeholders to work together.
  • Ability to integrate work with that of other departments and to recognize the need to prioritize.

Required Knowledge and Experience:

  • 10 years of non-profit management experience is strongly preferred with at least 5 years’ experience developing and implementing compelling social programs geared to supporting post-secondary education
  • Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to the voluntary sector, including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health & safety, charities, taxation, etc.;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing relationships and securing large value funds from a variety of sources including corporations, foundations, trusts, corporations and major donors.
  • University Degree in a related field, preferably at a post-graduate level.
  • Experience leading or being on leadership teams effectively creating new, initiatives with demonstrated lasting impact.
  • Exceptional leadership and strategic planning abilities, including strong project management skills in a highly engaged collaborative framework.
  • Strong values fit with the Columbia College vision and mission, demonstrated through professional or community involvement.
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills.
  • Superb written and spoken English language skills required.
  • Must be a positive team player who thrives in a busy environment, promotes innovation and collaboration, and is highly functioning in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for: word processing, e-mail, Internet, social media.


Columbia College offers a competitive compensation package depending on experience and qualifications.   All Columbia College employees are covered by Columbia College Employment Agreement which includes a comprehensive medical and dental coverage, a generous RRSP plan and additional benefits once confirmed.



Please submit a cover letter and resume (consolidated into one PDF or Word document and saved under first and last name) to Denise Guiblejman, HR Manager .

Application Deadline: October 13th, 2019

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply
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Please submit a cover letter and resume (consolidated into one PDF or Word document and saved under first and last name) to Denise Guiblejman, HR Manager .
Application Deadline: October 13th, 2019
We thank all applicants for their interest in the position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Contact Details
Denise Guiblejman
Columbia College
438 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6A 0C1

Tel: 6046838360
www:   www.columbiacollege.ca

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