JOB: VERNON, BC – COABC, Executive Director

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 13, 2019

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC), a non-profit organization that represents the organic
sector in BC. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing organizational
leadership, operational functions, and strategic plan implementation. Other key
duties include communications, evaluation, policy development, fundraising, and
outreach. This full time (40 hours per week) position reports directly to the Board of
Directors, is based out of the Vernon office, and requires occasional travel.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Oversee operations, including liaising with the Accreditation Board
  • Provide administrative support to COABC Board of Directors.
  • Manage contracts and projects. Key projects in progress include: website
    redesign, Online Organic System implementation, and employee handbook/job manual development.
  • Manage operational finances, including seeking new funding and developing new ideas for generating revenue.
  • Work to implement the goals of the BC Organic Strategic Plan.
  • Hire, supervise and support COABC staff. This includes ensuring role clarity and providing suitable opportunities for professional development.
  • Evaluate regularly each area of responsibility, as well as relationships with Board and staff. Work with Board of Directors Executive in a timely manner to make improvements.
  • Communicate with Board of Directors, Staff, Certifying Bodies, Accreditation Board, other organizations, producers and consumers.
  • Represent COABC and the Organic Sector at committee meetings, conferences, trade shows, events, and workshops.
  • Complete purpose-based reporting (e.g., financial, key organizational functions, outreach work, challenges that need attention)
  • Oversee events hosted by COABC: annual conference and Organic Week.
  • Maintain good documentation within the COABC office, including policy and manual development.

Qualities we are looking for in an Executive Director:

  • Courageous, diplomatic leadership with appropriate delegation
  • Engaging public speaking and presentation style
  • Experience with change management, innovative decision making and planning, and meaningful team building
  • Highly organized, ethical, and accountable
  • A relationship builder, both within the organization and with existing or potential cross sector partners
  • A strategic eye to see emerging trends or potential risks to organics by being observant and engaging in deep listening
  • Able to hold the big picture, while being ultimately responsible for the details
  •  A strong communicator who values reflection and evaluation to ensure actions are on track or to know when to intervene if they are not
  • Knowledge of organic sector an asset

Salary/Remuneration: commensurate with experience. For summary of benefit package, see Silver level at:

We are open to team applications, I.e., applications from two people who could
jointly fill this one full-time role.
COABC is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We
welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our
organization including, but not limited to, visible minorities, Indigenous people,
persons with disabilities (please note, the office is not currently wheelchair
accessible) and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and the names of three references to:

Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday, December 2, 2019. Approximate start date January 6, 2019.
Please Note: We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will contact references of shortlisted candidates only, and will inform you before contacting references.

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