Job Opportunity: Join our Team as Executive Director

Join our team as the next Executive Director of BCAHL

About the BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society (BCAHL)

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is a registered not-for-profit society that first came together in 2003 with a vison to improve the health of British Columbians. BCAHL’s mission is “to improve the health of all British Columbians through leadership and collaboration to address the risk factors and health inequities that contribute significantly to chronic disease.”

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is an alliance in the truest sense – the leaders of some of the province’s largest and most influential health organizations make up the representatives that govern BCAHL and determine strategic priorities and directions.  The membership includes: BC Healthy Communities Society, BC Lung Association, BC Pediatric Society, BC Recreation and Parks Association, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division; Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division; Diabetes Canada, Dietitians of Canada, BC Region, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon; Public Health Association of BC, Union of BC Municipalities, and YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

BCAHL advances health promoting policies, programs and environments that support the physical and mental well-being of British Columbians.  Since 2005, BCAHL has provided oversight for over $35M in health promotion programming. These initiatives have affected tens of thousands of British Columbians reaching across BC– from the far north Daylu Dena Council near Lower Post to Sooke in the southwest to Sparwood in the southeast of the province.  As an advocacy group, we work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.

To learn more about BCAHL please visit

Position Overview:

The Executive Director reports to a provincial level Board of Directors and serves to provide advice and recommendations on strategic directions for the Alliance and works closely with the Board on setting strategic priorities. The ED has the delegated responsibility for all operational functions within the limits defined in policy and in accordance with an annually approved Business Plan.

The ED’s major responsibilities include governance, advocacy, administration, communications, external relations, fundraising, financial management and human resources.

The ED represents BCAHL and serves as liaison to government and other external groups and provides information as appropriate to BCAHL partners and governments on BCAHL’s activities and current policy positions.

The ED is expected to develop strategic plans and proposals for potential future roles and projects which might be undertaken by BCAHL, as well as for future policy positions. This requires engagement of key stakeholders in collaborative annual and long-term planning to increase the organization’s impact.

The ED ensures the financial sustainability of the organization, seeks out new funding opportunities and manages key funder relationships. Supervises two staff (Manager of Advocacy and Communications and Administration Manager) and other consultants as required.

Currently, the ED is also responsible for the oversight of the implementation of the Physical Activity Strategy for Children and Youth grant from the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry and the executing agencies.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, health promotion and health administration or a related area.
  • A minimum of seven years of senior management experience including two to four years’ experience in multi-organizational project management.
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven record of effective organizational development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a governing body as well as fostering strong relationships with senior leaders in government and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Commitment to health promotion and solid knowledge of chronic disease prevention and health equity.
  • Proven track record of successful government relations and experience in policy-making and advocacy.
  • Familiarity with current policy issues in health promotion and ability to see opportunities to align with government priorities, cultivate internal champions and build political support.
  • Understanding of financial management best practices and nonprofit and charitable regulatory frameworks.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement successful fundraising strategies and manage key funder relationships.
  • Excellent written, speaking and presentation skills and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and ingenuity.
  • Skill with managing competing priorities and divergent interests of stakeholders.
  • Able to make challenging decisions respectfully and effectively.
  • Experience providing guidance, support and constructive feedback to motivate staff and achieve organizational objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, presentation and decision-making skills. Tact and good judgment required.


Salary is negotiable.  Benefits include paid vacation starting at three weeks per year plus time off during the annual office closure between Christmas and New Year’s.

Contract position to March 31 2019 with option for renewal
Flexible hours: 3 – 4 days / week if preferred
Located at: #310 – 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver

Application Information:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and interest in the position to BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society, 310 – 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2 or email to

Application deadline is Wednesday January 31, 2018.  Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.  We thank all applicants for their interest.