Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Position Description: Executive Director

Position Profile: Executive Director, Social Diversity for Children Foundation
Closing Date: November 26, 2018
Job Starts: December 2018

Hourly Wage: $13 - $14


The Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC) creates supportive learning environments for children of all abilities. Founded and operated largely by young people, SDC recognize each child’s ability to develop and grow when presented with the knowledge, values, skills and attitudes needed to be successful. SDC’s goals are to provide quality-learning programs to empower children with disabilities from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become the world’s future leaders; and, equip youth leaders with the skills and resources to empower and educate their own communities about the importance of diversity and discussion. To accomplish these goals, SDC provides creative music and art therapy programs in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. These programs encourage friendships between children of all abilities and facilitate youth advocacy for elementary, high school, and university students.


The Executive Director (ED) is the enthusiastic visionary who is ready to develop and execute strategic operational plans that enable SDC to continue to support the community of children with disabilities in the lower mainland. The ideal candidate for this position will build a strong capacity to evaluate our existing mandate, build a clear and coherent vision, and ensure that all of our programs meet the community’s need.

Reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director is responsible for the general direction and overall management of day-to-day operations of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for identifying areas of need and implementing initiatives to serve our target communities, while making sure our current programs continue to develop and meet the quality needed. The Executive Director will be tasked with securing partnerships and grants to establish long-term sustainability within the organization.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership & Implementation of Board Policies and Decisions

  1. Communicate with the Board of Directors in refining the strategic plan to guide the organization over the next three years (2019-2021);

  2. Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the society and its stakeholders;

  3. Act as a resource to the Board of Directors so that policy and programmatic decisions are made on an informed basis;

  4. Gather, interpret and articulate information to the Board of Directors about community trends and resources as they are related to enhancing the Board’s capacity for effective communication, decision-making, and long-term planning; and

  5. In addition to the president, 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

  1. Ensure that the operation of the society meets the expectation of its participants, Board of Directors, and other stakeholders;

  2. Ensure that participant, volunteer, and donor files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained;

  3. Risk management: ensure that both the Board of Directors and the society carry appropriate and adequate insurance coverage and that the Board understands the limitations of such coverage;

  4. Ensure that all activities operated in the organization adhere to the constitution and CRA rules, including Criminal Record Checks; and

  5. Develop the existing organizational structure to better reflect the demand needed at the time, which includes committees, as well as temporary paid project staff positions.Perform other related duties as required


Program Planning and Management

  1. Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.

  2. Ensure that Program Coordinators are fully equipped and trained to ensure programs services offered by SDC contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.

  3. Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality – You will directly manage the Program Coordinator and ensure partnership needs and program needs are met.

Human Resources Planning and Management

  1. Develop job descriptions for positions at Board and Staff levels of the society;

  2. Recruit, interview, and select staff with right technical and personal abilities to further serve the society’s mission; and

  3. Engage and mentor volunteers and project staff with professional development workshops and volunteer appreciation.

Community Outreach and Advocacy/ Marketing Campaigns

  1. Engage SDC activists and volunteers through SDC’s Activist Portal (Website);

  2. Maintain Community Outreach files and work completed over the Canada Summer Jobs program and identify changes to be served in future action plan;

  3. Regularly delegate Marketing Directors to update website content and social media action plan to maintain relevance in SDC’s community; and

  4. Establish and execute a bi-monthly newsletters plan, using templates created from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Financial Sustainability & Money Management

  1. Work with Treasurer and President to ensure operational needs and program needs are met in accordance to financial budget;

  2. Create an action plan to ensure SDC’s operational budget remains financially sustainable in the fiscal year;

  3. Research, apply, and manage grant applications (20+) each year; and

  4. Ensure day-to-day finances are properly recorded and accounted.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of professional leadership and management principles;

  2.   Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to the voluntary sector, including: employment standards, human rights, occupational health & safety, charities, taxation, etc.;

  3. Knowledge of current disability community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the society;

  4.   Ability in project management and cooperative teamwork; and

  5. Proficiency in the use of computers for: word processing, e-mail, Internet, social media.

Personal Characteristics

The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  1. Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile, and/or tolerant in a changing work environment;

  2. Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are the best interest of the society;

  3. Strategic: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment;

  4. Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices;

  5. Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally;

  6. Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques; and

  7. Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the society and to create new opportunities

Education and Experience


  1. University degree in a discipline or equivalent experience relevant to the work of the position

Professional Experience

  1. 3 or more years of progressive management experience in the voluntary sector (Experience in disability sector is an asset)

  2. Leadership in community engagement /developing partnerships/ creating collaborative capacity.

Interested candidates must email:

A cover letter; resume; and the name, address, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references.

Send all inquiries and documents to

We appreciate all applications however only those short-listed will be contacted. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants who identify through a physical or mental disability.