We’re Looking for an Executive Director

Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director
Job Type: Permanent Full-time position
Start date: August 3, 2021 (expected)
Salary Range: CAD 80,000-95,000/year
Job Location: Vancouver, BC
Hours of work: 40 hours/week. The hours of work are typically Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Please note that the Executive Director will be required to work some evenings, weekends and overtime. The Executive Director is expected to be present at all VPS events.

Organization: The Vancouver Pride Society strives to produce inclusive, celebratory events, and advocate for LGBTQAI2S+ communities through an intersectional lens. 

Position Description: The Executive Director contributes to the overall success of the Vancouver Pride Society by overseeing administrative, financial, human resources communication, fundraising, and event planning elements of the organization, including the annual Pride Parade and Festivals, as well as year-round events.

Reporting to: The Executive Director is accountable to and reports to the Board of Directors. Managing Director, Operations Manager, Communications Manager and Events Manager report directly to the ED. All other staff positions report to managers, but ultimately, the ED leads the staff team.

Duties and Areas of Responsibility
Specific nature of the job will evolve in the course of the employment. The general duties will include, but not be limited to:


  • Provide leadership, direction and support to VPS Staff through effective communication, goal-setting, delegation and performance evaluations.
  • Facilitate the staff in the successful implementation of the VPS strategic plan.
  • Identify and develop priorities in conjunction with the Board and the staff team.


Event Planning and Execution

  • Oversee Operations Manager and Event Manager in creating event plans.
  • Identify and develop artistic and strategic relationships between VPS and local entertainers and arts organizations. 
  • Work in tandem with the Managing Director to ensure event plans fulfill partnership and grant obligations.  
  • Work with staff team to develop and deliver innovative and entertaining programming across the Pride season that reflects community needs.

Financial Management 

  • Responsible for sound financial management and control, budget preparation and forecasting in accordance with all pertinent legislation and policy.
  • Prepare financial plans and annual operating budget for Board approval. 
  • Develop annual event and project budgets in collaboration with Managing Director and Operations Manager. 
  • Ensure staff are following VPS finance policies and procedures.
  • Act as a signing officer for the society.



  • Actively seek new funding opportunities with corporate sponsors. 
  • Assist Managing Director with identifying grant opportunities and writing applications.
  • Identify and execute relevant fundraising events and partnerships.


Board Support, Society Administration and Governance:  

  • Develop and implement plans and policies in collaboration with the Board and Staff. 
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors in a concise, clear, comprehensive manner, to ensure that the Board has adequate information on Society activities to carry out effective decision making.


Communication and Community Relations

  • Communication of VPS needs, activities and value to the community
  • Represent VPS on relevant community/regional/international committees, networks or initiatives. 
  • Act as media spokesperson for the society
  • Maintain a positive relationship with local, provincial and federal agencies and their representatives. 
  • Lobby in a non-partisan manner for VPS and community needs 
  • Actively participate in professional association activities as appropriate  
  • Establish working relationships with a broad range of community groups, all levels of government and other organizations to work toward common objectives 


Contract Administration 

  • Responsible for contract negotiations and for ensuring that contractual obligations are met 
  • Be familiar with all contractual obligations and commitments of the Society 
  • Research, develop and submit funding proposals and applications for funding from government and other sources


Human Resources 

  • Ensure the effective management of the human resources of the organization 
  • Be familiar with the society’s personnel policies, Employment Standards Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the BC Human Rights Code 
  • Provide leadership to Staff, build a strong and collaborative team, facilitate open lines of communication, ensure ongoing development, recognition and appreciation.  
  • Maintain a positive work culture that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse group of staff members.


Risk Management and Quality Assurance

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the society’s people (staff, board, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.


Core Competencies:

  • A comprehensive understanding of anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-discrimination best practices and it’s impacts on targeted individuals and communities.
  • Managing, leading and developing staff
  • Fundraising best practices and diversifying revenue 
  • Developing, planning, implementation and evaluating strategic direction 


  • +8 experience working as senior management in a not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience working for positive change within LGBTQAI2S+ communities
  • Post-secondary education in Business, Management, Finance and/or a relevant field 
  • Combination of experience and education will be considered.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making
  • Established network and ability to foster existing and/or new relationships. 
  • Ability to be diplomatic and establish trusted relationships with executives and senior officials from partner organizations and governments.
  • Demonstrated success in initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and services.
  • Experience reporting to a Board of Directors and successful track record of good governance 
  • Experience creating an inclusive workplace that strives for equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills 

Application: Please send a cover letter and resume to afooladkhai@vancouverpride.ca  include “Executive Director application” in the subject line. 

Vancouver Pride Society is committed to seeking and sustaining a diverse and inclusive organization and as such, encourages those with diverse backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ethnicities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

*Application status is open until the position is filled.