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Our client, the University Neighbourhoods Association (“UNA”), approximates a municipal council for UBC’s residential neighbourhoods. Founded in 2002, the association has a mandate to provide municipal-like services to local neighbourhoods around UBC’s campus and to support the growth and sustainability of the community.

Executive Director

UNA is seeking to recruit an Executive Director (“ED”) to lead the association through its next phase of growth. Today, there are 5 local neighbourhoods with over 12,000 residents. An additional 2 neighbourhoods are on track to be developed, and projected growth by 2041 is for 24,000 residents. Working with residents, UBC, the City of Vancouver and other key stakeholders, the ED will successfully manage this growth whilst ensuring the association fulfills its mandate. The ED will also act as a special liaison with UBC and the UBC Properties Trust and maintain a relationship with Metro Vancouver.

Possessing strong governance knowledge, the ED reports to an 8-person Board of Directors and is responsible for driving board development and education, and assisting the Board to develop a strategic plan to guide the UNA. A proven leader, the ED is responsible for the hiring, performance management, and professional development and growth of 19 staff, and ensuring an optimal organizational structure is in place to support program delivery.

Displaying strong financial acumen and administrative skills, the ED will manage a $5.2M budget, identify and implement new revenue and cost saving opportunities, and work closely with UBC to ensure the immediate and long-term fiscal health of the UNA. A proven strategic thinker, the ED will develop and implement an operational plan for UNA, which incorporates goals and objectives that fit within UNA’s strategic direction.

Holding a university degree or diploma in a relevant field, and ideally possessing 10+ years of senior management experience, the successful candidate will have a passion for community and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Confident and decisive, s/he will be able to communicate effectively across a broad range of mediums to numerous different stakeholders. Experience working within a municipal government environment is highly desirable.

To apply for this role or for further information, please email a resume and cover letter to search@watsoninc.ca.

Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Chief Administration
Posted: May 19, 2017, 9:47 am
Expires: June 16, 2017, 4:30 pm