EYA is Hiring: Executive Director

August 8, 2016 Uncategorized

Executive Director (ED) Position Description

Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)
517-119 Pender Street | Vancouver BC | V6B 1S5

Position Type:      Permanent
Status:                  Full Time
Location:              Vancouver, BC
Salary:                  To be discussed at initial interview

Closing Date:        August 22, 2016

About EYA…

At EYA, we raise awareness around environmental issues and actively engage young people so that they get to see, taste and touch their surrounding environments. We create small moments of magic knowing that those moments will accumulate over time – that is how change occurs. Magic comes from the imagination, a place of wonder and awe, and EYA taps into that curiosity to awaken ideas. We help educators and learners look at education through new lenses. Our diverse programs allow us to explore new areas, develop innovative approaches and build a culture that transcends boundaries. We help people connect to something greater than themselves, and we allow them to see the possibilities as they ultimately become catalysts for change.

With a current annual budget of approximately $500,000 we catalyze a force of young people changing the world, one seed at a time. We formed with a vision of connecting people with the environment as well as with each other. Since EYA’s inception in 1991, we have been using experiential learning to grow communities and embark on new quests to help us better understand our own inner nature. We inject passion, energy and expertise into the environmental movement.

For more information, please visit www.eya.ca
About the ED role…

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for EYA’s staff, programs, growth, and execution of its mission. The ED will initially develop deep knowledge of field and core programs, operations, and strategic planning.


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize EYA volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain EYA’s staff
  • Be willing to engage in on-the-ground programming

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand and diversify revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations
  • Establish lasting relationships with new funders and strengthen relationships with existing funders
  • Write grants and report back to funders; maintain a strong relationship with existing group of foundations who award grants to the organization
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand

Financial Management and Oversight

Working with the Bookkeeper and Treasurer, manage and oversee all financial and business planning activities, including:

  • Direct and administer strong financial plans, projections and annual budgets
  • Oversee business policies and accounting practices
  • Review and analyze financial reports
  • Lead and support organizational budgeting process
  • Provide overall financial oversight and monitoring
  • Ensure that relevant financial data is presented to the Chair and Board of Directors

Human Resources

With the support of the Board of Directors HR committee, manage and oversee the human resource function for EYA, including:

  • Recruitment, hiring, and compensation
  • Benefits administration and oversight
  • Professional training and development, including new employee orientation
  • Retention strategies
  • Regulatory oversight and legal compliance, including creating, reviewing and updating HR policies.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to EYA’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience.

Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • A university degree, ideally a graduate degree, with a minimum of 7 years work experience; track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Relevant hands-on experience in urban agriculture, natural systems or gardening with an ability to understand the wider scope of EYA sites and programs
  • Experience in a youth-oriented and environmental organization. Experience leading environmental education programming is considered an asset.

If you are passionate about the environment and want to join this amazing team, you are encouraged to apply online here.  The closing date for this posting is August 22, 2016.

Environmental Youth Alliance Society is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of non-discrimination in all of our employment practices. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of race, gender, disability or any other identifying characteristic. Applicants with disabilities, of indigenous descent or visible minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest in this career opportunity. For questions, please contact our board chair, Carmen Lansdowne at carmen@carmenlansdowne.com or by phone at 778.829.4416.