Executive Director - Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA)- Filled!!!

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) is seeking a professional non-profit executive to assume the role of Executive Director, a coveted leadership opportunity set at the idyllic VanDusen Botanical Gardens is currently available.

Position Overview

The Executive Director (ED) provides support and advice to the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) Board of Directors; and gives leadership, direction and guidance to staff and volunteers.

The VBGA works in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board (VPB) to promote and enhance the Garden. The ED position requires a collegial working relationship with Garden Director of the Vancouver Park Board and other VPB staff, in addition to the VBGA staff and volunteers. The Executive Director works collaboratively with the Garden Director and other members of the Park Board team to reach consensus on matters of common concern.


The role requires general administrative and leadership experience in all aspects of managing a non-profit enterprise. Primary areas of responsibility include:

              Strategic planning

              Leadership

              Marketing and fundraising

              Advocacy and external relations

              Financial oversight and risk management

              Management and administration

While all of these aspects of the role are important, key areas of focus during the next phase of the organization’s evolution will include strong negotiating skills, relationship management expertise, and a deep understanding of development and fundraising.              


Education and Training

              University degree or college diploma in Business Management/Administration or Human Resources Management

              A diploma in fundraising and/or CFRE designation would be an asset

Required skills

              Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to not-for-profit organizations.

              Current knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting not-for-profits including employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, charities, taxation, health coverage, etc.

              Knowledge of human resources management.

              Knowledge of financial management.

              Proficiency with technology, including email, internet and social media, and the use of computer programs for accounting, word processing, database management and spreadsheets, and conducting online research.


 A minimum of 10 years of management experience is desirable, some in a not-for-profit environment with a significant volunteer base.

Personal Characteristics

The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in the following areas:

              Commitment to the belief and practices of environmental sustainability.

              Adaptability: ability to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.

              Ethical behavior: understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards.

              Builds relationships: establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others, both externally and internally.

              Communicates effectively: speaks, listens and writes in a clear, thorough and timely manner.

              Creativity: develops new and unique ways to improve operations and to create new opportunities.

              Fosters teamwork: works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and makes decisions that enhance effectiveness.

              Leads: positively influences others to achieve results in the best interest of the Association.

              Plans: determines strategies to move the Association forward, sets goals, creates and implements action plans, and evaluates the process and results.

              Solves problems: assesses problem situations to identify causes, gathers and processes relevant information, generates possible solutions, and makes recommendations and/or solves the problem.

              Thinks strategically: assesses options and action based on trends and conditions in the environment and the vision of the Association.

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in this role. If you have any questions, contact Anna Shojania, BA, MBA at