Board Director (Volunteer)

About Us:

The BC Centre for Ability (BCCFA) has been providing exceptional programs and services to support the ambitions of children, youth and adults with disabilities throughout British Columbia since 1969. First conceived as a passion project to support local individuals and families seeking an alternative to hospital or institutional care for people with disabilities, the BCCFA has grown to deliver a wide range of high quality, community-based services using a family-centric approach, and promoting the right of individuals with disabilities to participate as valued members of their communities. Today, with 125 staff members and an operating budget of approximately $19 million, the BCCFA serves more than 3,000 children, youth, and adults with neurological, physical, and developmental disabilities as well as their families.

The employees and Board of Directors at BCCFA are committed to fulfilling its mission of leading in the design and delivery of community-based services for persons with diverse abilities.  The BCCFA team work tirelessly in the pursuit of their vision of inclusive communities where every person thrives at all stages of life.

Widely regarded as a leader in the field, the BCCFA is accredited by CARF International, an independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services organizations with a focus on exceptional quality and results. It is also supported by its own Foundation, an official charitable organization that raises awareness and funds to support the highest priorities.

BCCFA is currently seeking a Board Director to lead our organization through continued strategic growth and development.

Board Director Responsibilities:

  • Each board director is expected to know what exceptional governance is and to practice it, as well as to remain informed of new developments in the governance and regulatory environment.
  • Board directors are expected to read and understand the financial statements of BCCFA and help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Board directors are expected to attend bi-monthly board meetings. They are responsible for reading board materials in advance of the meetings and must come prepared to ask questions and actively participate in discussions.
  • Board directors are expected to serve on at least one subcommittee of the board.
  • Each board director is expected to support the organization’s presence in the community through attending special events that are hosted by BCCFA.
  • Board directors will evaluate the overall performance of BCCFA, and will make recommendations for improvement or corrective measures as required.
  • Board directors will engage in strategic planning for the organization and will determine the overall mission, vision and values of BCCFA.

Skills and Experience:

To ensure the Board of Directors has the full capabilities of providing the governance and leadership expertise necessary to oversee an organization, it is expected that there will be representation from skilled and experienced board directors to cover the following key business areas:

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Development
  • Legal (Technology/IP Law, Privacy Law, Labour Law, Family Law)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Enterprise
  • Program Delivery (in a community health or social services organization)
  • Clinical or Research Experience (in the neurodevelopmental field)

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of governance experience or an equivalent combination of experience with board or senior level leadership with organizations of similar size to BCCFA.  Preference will be given to applicants that have non-profit, healthcare, social services, or government experience.  We welcome candidates who are recipients, or family members of recipients, of BCCFA’s services, or who have lived experience with diverse abilities.

Time Commitment:

Board directors will need to dedicate approximately 5-10 hours a month to BCCFA to attend board meetings and fulfill additional board responsibilities.

Term of Appointment:

Board directors are asked to commit to a minimum two-year term, with the option of reappointment at the end of the term.

Application Information:

On behalf of the BCCFA, Pivot HR Services invites interested candidates to submit their CV and covering letter, highlighting their specific areas of expertise, to no later than May 15th, 2020. Inquires can be made directly to Robin Turnill from Pivot HR Services at 604-916-6199.

 The BC Centre for Ability is proud to be an inclusive employer, committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and equitable work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from women, persons of colour, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of other marginalized or under-represented groups.