Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Executive Director

Facility: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
City: Vancouver
Type of Child Care: Other

Non-profit Charitable organization - Child Care Resource and Referral in BC - Vancouver Region

Qualifications: Other

Additional Qualifications:

Knowledge & Competencies

  • University degree in a related field or equivalent combination of professional experience and education;

  • Senior management or leadership experience in a mission-driven, not for profit organization;

  • Knowledge of the child care and early learning sector and community;

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills and ability to adapt communication style to different audiences;

  • Strong change management skills and ability to positively influence change;

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to understand the organization as a whole;

  • Strong delegation skills and ability to coach and mentor staff; and

  • Strong communication skills and ability to advocate for the services of the organization.

Required Experience:

  • Experience with operational and financial leadership; 

  • Experience providing community leadership;

  • Experience in reporting to Boards of Directors;

  • Experience leading in a unionized environment;

Key Responsibilities:

The Executive Director provides dynamic leadership and upholds the vision, mission and values of WCCRC. This role is responsible for the implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan set by the Board of Directors and navigates, analyzes and leads the organization’s people and operations with integrity. The Executive Director builds a strong and trusted presence in the child care and early learning sector and is dedicated to visible leadership in the greater community. 

Reports to: The WCCRC Board Chair or Designate on behalf of the Board of Directors 

Primary Duties & Accountabilities


  • Navigates, analyzes and leads the organization’s people and operations with integrity;

  • Communicates, convenes and strategically aligns personnel to create a professional and dynamic workplace;

  • Provides and role models positive communication to foster effective teamwork between the staff team, management and the Board of Directors;

  • Provides support to the Board by preparing the Board Agenda, supporting materials and attending regular Board meetings;

  • Participates with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;

  • Provides operational expertise to the Board of Directors regarding internal and external operations and communicates swiftly to matters related to entity risk, important opportunities and environmental issues that could have substantial impact on the organization; and 

  • Publicly communicates the value of WCCRC’s programs and services and secures opportunities to deepen its well-earned reputation in the greater community to build resilience in an ever-changing sector and political environment. 

Operational Planning & Management

  • Develops and implements the operational plan in alliance with the strategic plan set by the Board of Directors;

  • Oversees the effective and efficient day-to-day operation and business requirements of the organization;

  • Meets the expectations of the clients, Board, funders and accreditation body in compliance with upholding organizational policies;

  • Proactively drafts policies for the approval of the Board and prepares procedures to implement said policies, regularly reviews existing policies and recommends changes as appropriate; 

  • Oversees and ensures that the programs and services offered by the organization are aligned with the mission of the organization and meet or exceed quality standards;

  • Oversees human resource management and ensures that personnel, volunteers and contractors are treated with respect, dignity and the values of the organization; 

  • Practices, leads and provides oversight to ensure human resource practices are robust, timely and clear and that best practices are employed from recruiting through to disciplinary practices; and

  • Practices and supports a culture of coaching and mentoring throughout the organization to demonstrate and nurture the value and strength of the staff.

Financial & Risk Management

  • Works with the staff and Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive annual budget for the organization;

  • Oversees financial operations and ensures funds are administered according to the approved budget;

  • Approves expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board of Directors;

  • Proactively identifies, evaluates and mitigates risk to the organization’s personnel, clients, contractors, volunteers and visitors;

  • Ensures property, finances, performance and quality, goodwill and positive reputation are proactively monitored for potential organizational risk, and that such risk is reported to the Board in a timely manner; 

  • Ensures that the Board carries adequate and appropriate insurance coverage and that the Board and personnel, as appropriate, understand the terms, conditions and limitations of such coverage;

  • Leads and ensures that Accreditation standards, cycles and processes are maintained;

  • Proactively leads and ensures that contract management, negotiations and renewals, along with other business requirements are well managed;

  • Upholds all legal, regulatory and other standards to protect personnel, clients, the entity, funders and operations of the organization; 

  • Provides the Board with regular, relevant and comprehensive reports on the revenue, budget and general financial standing of the organization; and

  • Regularly communicates with the Board and when appropriate and with approval from the Board, establishes controls to safeguard finances and takes effective corrective action as needed.

Community Leadership & Partnership

  • Strengthens and demonstrates dedication to building a strong and trusted presence in the child care and early learning sector;

  • Dedicated to increasing WCCRC’s profile and trusted work in the child care and early learning sector through strong community leadership and ensures contemporary, relevant and innovative programs and services; 

  • Collaborates with the child care and early learning community to contribute to the building of the sector provincially, while also providing and acting as a leader in innovative programming and services; and

  • Dedicated to visible leadership in the greater community and demonstrates clear leadership and advocacy on behalf of the organization and the greater community through a changing political environment.

Salary & Benefits:

A competitive compensation package will be provided including a starting salary in the range of $78,000 - $80,000 annually.

WCCRC offers an excellent benefits package, including Municipal Pension Plan, extended health, dental, short and long-term disability and Employee and Family Assistance program.

Additional Notes:

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada and reside in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley area.

Please note: All WCCRC employees are required to successfully complete a criminal record check.

Full complement of Covid vaccinations required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally, without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status and disability status. WCCRC encourages all interested applicants to apply and is committed to a staff team that reflects the diversity within the community.


WCCRC operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Basic Details

Position Start Date:
March 1st, 2022
Position Notes:
March 1, 2022 - to allow for overlap with the current Executive Director to ensure adequate knowledge transfer between leaders and other staff.
Employment Type:
Full Time
Employment Term:
Hours Per Week:
35 hour work week; occasional evening/weekend hours to accommodate Board meetings/ or representing the organization in the community as required

Contact Information


Application Information

Application Closing Date:
November 15th, 2021 (or until filled)
Application Instructions:
Email Application
Other Application Instructions:

Application Deadline: Please send in your cover letter and resume by 5:00pm Monday, November 15th, 2021, to:  edsearch@wstcoast.org


In an effort to help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover letter where you found this posting.

We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will contact those selected for interviews. 

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