Posted On: 2019-07-03
Closing On: 2019-09-03
Location: Nanaimo, BC
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Management
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Job Description


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island is seeking an inspiring and engaging new leader. With 15 types of programs serving over 1000 children, youth and families every year in 13 club locations across mid-Vancouver Island, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island is the Island's largest childcare provider and is trusted by more families than any other provider. 

With a strong community reputation and national brand, excellent community relationships, significant partnerships with leading Indigenous organizations, and a completed accreditation application, the clubs are poised for further excellence. Having grown substantially over the past few years, they are now a $5 million organization with significant potential to grow further. The new Executive Director will partner with the Board on the development of a new strategic plan to both sustainably enhance this foundation of excellence and ensure a motivated and engaged staff group.  Paramount among our growth opportunities are enhancing and strengthening our community partnerships as well as our teen programs.    

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors and ideally working from our Nanaimo office, the Executive Director will assume leadership of this crucial and complex organization, providing both visionary leadership and exceptional management to a diverse and extremely passionate group of 100 staff. Other key responsibilities include community relationships, resource development and marketing. 



The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island provides experiential learning environments that inspire children, youth and families of diverse abilities to acquire and develop the critical cognitive, emotional, and social skills needed to become resilient and contributing members of society.

The BGCCVI provides childcare, daycare, summer camps, teen and youth programs, family programs and parenting programs where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop the confidence and skills for life.  For instance two of our unique programs are the Teen Entrepreneurial Club and Dragon Boat Team. 

The BGCCVI prides itself on being a person-centered organization.  Following the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) directive, the four pillars – strong clubs, strong voice, strong community, and strong together – provide guidance for both the strategic planning and everyday activities.  Person-centered practices deliver the best possible service to the people they support through the talents and commitment of the dedicated staff who are informed, involved and whose voices are heard.

In June 2019, BGCCVI completed an application to move toward its Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation.  Shared values and beliefs empowered and valued staff; individual and organizational learning as well as community partnerships provide the foundation of their person-centered focus, giving rise to opportunities for staff to influence decision-making during the organization’s strategic planning process.

Belonging to a Boys and Girls Club is a life-changing experience. Children and youth can build healthy, supportive relationships with caring adult role models, which in turn can positively influence the life path they choose. Clubs also encourage healthy, respectful relationships with peers and family members.  Each program has trained passionate and dedicated staff.  Staff members build self-esteem by empowering participants to help shape programs and share their ideas.  Through these opportunities children and youth are given the chance to develop life and leadership skills and learn how to contribute within their communities.


BGCCVI Mission Statement:

To provide a safe supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop the confidence and skills for life.


BGCCVI Vision Statement:

All children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in our community.


BGCCVI Core Values: 

In our work with children, youth, families and communities, all Boys and Girls Clubs are guided by the following Core Values. These Core Values are the standard by which all Boys and Girls Club services are measured.

  • Belonging: We welcome everyone in a safe, accepting environment based on belonging and positive relationships.
  • Respect: We ensure that everyone – children, youth, families, volunteers, and staff – is heard, respected, valued and treated fairly.
  • Encouragement and Support: We encourage and support every child and youth to play, learn and grow to achieve their dreams.
  • Working Together: We work together with young people, families, volunteers, our communities and government.
  • Speaking Out: We speak out for children, youth and families so that we can make our world better.



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Board Collaboration

  • Work with the Board in order to fulfill the organization’s Mission and Vision.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Organizational Mission and Strategy

  • Lead and manage all strategic planning to ensure that BGCCVI can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the organization including:
  • Administration of BGCCVI’s Programs such as but not limited to Daycare, Out of School Care and Child, Youth and Family Services.
  • Administration of BGCCVI’s functions (i.e.: HR, Finance, Fundraising & Marketing & Communications).
  • Partnering with the Director of Human Resources and Operations on the hiring and retention of competent qualified staff.
  • Lead initiatives with senior management and staff to ensure that the Mission and Vision is fulfilled through effective core program delivery, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Work closely with other community, professional, civic and private organizations to develop relationships that bring about community change that supports children, youth and families.

Financial Performance and Viability

  • Develop and acquire resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of BGCCVI to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and accurate monthly financial statements.
  • Oversee all organizational fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget; ensure maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a healthy financial position.
  • Act as the signatory on all notes, agreements and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Resource Development & Communications

  • With the Director of Resource Development and Communications, identify and develop local revenue generating and fundraising opportunities to support existing operations and regional expansion.
  • Ensure the implementation and embedding of all aspects of communications from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Garner new opportunities for fundraising through local partnerships and relationships.
  • Identify opportunities for leveraging funding and resources through our community partner relationships.
  • Develop other resources necessary to support BGCCVI’s fundraising strategy.

Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (ie: clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill and image, and implement measures to control risks and mitigate reputational damage.
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carry appropriate and adequate insurance coverage in accordance with best practices for Not-for-Profit organizations, and that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage.
  • Ensure adherence to CARF, BGCC Peer Reviews, and other standards and accreditations and that the organization is in compliance with any and all applicable legal, regulatory authorities and Standards (i.e.: CRA Reporting Requirements, Society Act, Employment Standards, Workers Compensation, etc.)
  • Ensure that BGCCVI conducts thorough, regularly-scheduled risk assessments and develops plans to address gaps in its risk management approach.
  • Implement effective procedures to ensure organizational assets are appropriately safeguarded and protected.



The successful Executive Director candidate will have passion for the mission and visible enthusiasm for leading a person-centered organization and working with other agencies. With a strong appetite and desire to impact community, the Executive Director will set the tone for staff, volunteers, partners, clients, and donors that inspires and unites them all under a common banner.  As a visionary and inspiring leader, the ideal Executive Director will motivate others with empathy and inclusion. 

The new Executive Director will be adept at operationalizing and delegating their vision, blending strategic thinking with exceptional tactical acumen.  The new incumbent will see the big picture and be adept at implementing plans effectively to move the organization forward so everyone feels they have a key role to play.  Board members and staff will have clear sense of strategy and vision.  Assertive and decisive, the successful candidate’s sound judgement will allow for a critical weighing of different options, and the certainty that the Clubs focus on key priorities at all times.

With a strong focus on accountability and deliverables, the new Executive Director will ensure expectations and indicators are in place, and will use data to inform decisions. Collaborative by nature, the new Executive Director will deploy their exceptional listening and communication abilities to openly engage others in discussion and debate, and transparently report back. As a servant leader with an exceptional team-focus, the Executive Director will foster the feeling that staff feel heard and appreciated.

A dynamic and entrepreneurial self-starter, the ideal candidate will be an energetic do-er. Their persistence and stamina will ensure that obstacles are met as challenges with optimism and a solution-focus. 

Community-minded in both theory and practice, the Executive Director will have a track record of building engaged communities and mutually beneficial partnerships.  Respectful and open, the new incumbent will have a genuine desire to understand and enhance Indigenous community relationships, and the imperatives of reconciliation.  

The successful candidate’s experience and understanding of complex organizations will facilitate working with boards and senior volunteers, and working in a multi-program environment across a wide geographic range.  Fiscally responsible and possessing business acumen, the new Executive Director will understand finances, budgeting, and act on both financial opportunities and threats. The successful candidate will have an appreciation for accreditation and professional standards.

Finally, the new Executive Director will have high emotional intelligence and will appreciate the importance of work-life balance, and will bring levity and humour to the work culture. 



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to engage and work with community agencies in an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills.
  • Strong organization abilities including planning, delegating, program development and evaluation, and task facilitation.
  • Ability to convey a vision of BGCCVI’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors and Community Agencies.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to not-for-profit sector, and significant business development experience.
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Ability to work a variable work schedule due to attendance at Community activities and Board meetings. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Travel is required within the Central Vancouver Island region. 



Our successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their leadership in the following areas:

Execute for Results

  • Hold self and others accountable for achieving high levels of individual and organizational performance and integrity. Decisive and organized; capable of setting priorities and making effective and timely decisions.
  • Anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of internal clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization. 
  • Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement action plans and evaluate the process and results.
  • Operate within organizational regulations and rules of BGCCVI.

Relationships and Interpersonal Skills

  • Lead community partners in creating and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Lead, motivate and manage employees and volunteers.
  • Build and sustain an excellent relationship at multiple levels in the workplace and Community.
  • Establish and enhance key internal and external relationships, such as employees, volunteers, local and regional stakeholders to support the Mission and Vision of BGCCVI and to reach a creative solution, including but not limited to municipal and provincial governments, school districts, Indigenous organizations, funders, and other Boys & Girls Club leaders.
  • Adhere to core values and hold others accountable to the same standards.
  • Communicate effectively:  Listen, speak and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization.

Team Builder

  • Lead the creation of effective teams committed to organizational goals, foster collaboration among team members and among teams, using a team approach to address relevant issues.  Instill a sense of interdependency across the Senior Leadership team.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Provide an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.



KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Vancouver Island. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact Christoph Clodius, Vice President, Search + Talent by email at or by phone at 604-315-5629.

To view the full Executive Brief, please visit:


All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest, to the email address listed above by September 3, 2019.

BGCCVI is committed to the elimination of barriers that restrict the employment opportunities available to women, minorities, persons with disabilities and individuals representative of the geographic regions served by the organization. We recognize that equal employment opportunity requires affirmative steps to ensure the full utilization of people of all backgrounds who possess the best available skills.