Pacific Legal Education & Outreach's mission is to support the legal wellbeing of British Columbia's Arts and Non-Profit sectors. It is the umbrella organization for the Artists Legal Outreach and Law for Non-Profits. For over 15 years ALO and LFNP have reached out across BC to provide information, education and advice to artists, arts organizations and British Columbia's 29,000+ non-profits. PLEO’s newest initiatives, the launch of the digital Legal Self Assessment and Learning Tool and the opening of its staffed legal clinic for artists, arts organizations, and non-profits as part of the National network of Legal Clinics for the Arts will see the organization expanding its reach across the country in ground-breaking ways.
Reporting to PLEO’s Board of Directors and working in a co-leadership model with PLEO’s Founder & Legal Director, the Executive Director is responsible for strengthening PLEO’s organizational capacity and overseeing the effective functioning of the organization, including leading the staff team and setting organizational culture; developing the organization’s structures and systems to better support program and project delivery; and diversifying funding sources. The Executive Director and Legal Director will work with the Board and staff to develop the strategic plan and ensure its effective implementation. The Executive Director will partner with the Board of Directors and the Founder & Legal Director to develop a succession plan for the Founder & Legal Director over the next 1-3 years.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Governance & Strategy:
- Co-leads the annual strategic planning process with the Board and the Legal Director
- Partners with the Legal Director in developing new initiatives and responding to emerging sector needs
- Oversees the operationalization and implementation of the strategic plan
- Works effectively with the Board of Directors and understands lines of communication, boundaries of responsibility, and accountability
- Interprets board policies and decisions to the leadership team and leadership team activities to the board
- Informs the board of any risks or significant changes to the organization and advises on trends and issues – internal & external
- Leads the staff team
- Sets and fosters a positive team culture
- Builds strong relationships internally
- Directly manages operations and communications staff
- Accountable for the recruitment, management, evaluation, and ongoing development of staff, volunteer engagement, and onboarding external consultants and experts as required
- Works with and coaches staff, volunteers and consultants to deliver programs & projects that further the organization’s mandate
- Directs the operations of the organization and ensures delivery of organizational operational commitments
- Oversees all financial management, including budgeting, grant administration, accounts receivable and payable, financial policies, audits, etc, with administrative support from the Administrator/Operations Coordinator
- Develops structures and systems that help ensure the sustainability of the organization
- Ensures that all compliance requirements from governments and funders are met
- Supports the Legal Director in prioritizing and budgeting for programmatic work
- Communications, Community & Relationships:
- Promotes and represents the organization in the community and acts as primary spokesperson for the organization
- Builds strong working relationships with partners, funders, and communities served by the organization
- Supports the Communications and Development Manager to develop effective communications strategies and plans, reviews copy as appropriate, signs off on core communications prior to publication as appropriate
- Leads organizational fundraising efforts, in partnership with the Communications and Development Manager with support from administrative and communications staff.
- Ensures the financial health of the organization by diversifying its funding sources, including fundraising initiatives, grant writing, revenue generation activities, and effectively managing the organization’s budget.
The ideal candidate will possess some winning combination of the following:
- 5+ years as a senior executive and within a leadership position
- Significant understanding of organizational development and capacity building, with a focus on board engagement, staff development, and process design
- A track record of “scaling up” an organization and/or business unit
- 8+ years of experience in the non-profit sector
- 5+ years of experience managing grant funding
- 5+ years of experience in financial strategy and management
- 5+ years of experience in managing people
- A Master’s degree or equivalent experience. Legal education and training is an asset. Human resources and/or financial management certification and training is an asset.
- Experience with founder succession planning an asset. Experience in a co-leadership role an asset.
Skills and Knowledge:
- Managing and leading organizational growth
- Executing against a strategy and realizing organizational goals
- Building effective working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
- Fundraising, grant writing, and increasing earned revenue
- Building a strong, positive organizational culture
- Managing staff and contractors in a non-profit, project-driven context
- Developing and managing operational and project budgets
- Skilled at integrating justice, diversity, decolonization, equity, and inclusion in both theory and practice
- An aptitude for public speaking, networking, and partnership development
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, whether in person, by phone, by videocall, by email, or by other digital means (e.g. Slack, Asana, GoogleDocs)
- Thinking strategically and building consensus around a vision
- Knowledge and/or lived experience of the legal information and advice needs of non-profits, low-income artists, and/or arts organizations an asset
- Knowledge of the legal sector – particularly the public interest legal sector – an asset
- Process-driven and methodical
- Entrepreneurial and innovative
- Can-do and make-it-happen attitude
- Confident and humble
- Consistent and excellent at building trust
- Demonstrates good judgment and impeccable integrity
- A good sense of humour is much appreciated
This is a full-time salaried position, with an annual compensation ranging between $80,000-95,000, based on experience. The PLEO office is situated at the Alliance for Arts & Culture at 938 Howe Street in downtown Vancouver. The successful candidate will also have the option to occasionally work virtually.
We actively encourage applicants from historically excluded, marginalized, and/or under-represented backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to Indigenous people, people of all genders and sexualities, racialized people, and persons with disabilities. Accommodations for applicants that need them will be provided upon request.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those invited to participate in the first selection round will be contacted.
To learn more about PLEO, please see: https://www.pacificlegaloutreach.com/