Position of Executive Director

About the BC Federation of Labour

The BC Federation of Labour represents over 500,000 members from affiliated unions across the province. We work with these unions to coordinate a shared interest, and the work to be done, to ensure a better life for all workers in BC.

We advocate for workers who can organize, bargain collectively, have decent wages, fair treatment, and work in a safe workplace. The BCFED is committed to justice for all, and we work with social movements and other allies to build a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world.

We value respect, integrity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration in all the work we do.

We are currently accepting applications for the following role:

Position of Executive Director

Reporting to the President, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing strategic planning, governance, labour campaigns and initiatives of the BC Federation of Labour.

The Executive Director not only understands current trends in the provincial political landscape but can lead and manage an effective team of Directors and support staff, to align with BCFED leadership mandates in implementing plans to achieve change. The Executive Director's ability to establish relationships with stakeholders in organized labour, various industry, community groups, and government, is essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation, in coordination with the President and Secretary Treasurer, of strategic planning to meet the objectives set by convention, Executive Council and Executive Officers.
  • Report to and work closely with the President and Executive Officers to seek their involvement in policy decisions and the initiatives of the BCFED.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of individual employee workplans, that ensure the BCFED's mission, objectives, goals are fulfilled.
  • Establish strong relationships and resources with various organizations and government and utilize those relationships to enhance the BCFED's initiatives and success.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of communication public relations strategies.
  • Develop strategic funding proposals and oversee reporting of same.
  • Ensure the financial health and integrity of the BCFED, including budget oversight and reporting of governance, events, and Director portfolios.
  • Build and lead an effective team of Directors and Executive Assistants and foster a work culture that provides and encourages diversity, inclusion and collaboration.
  • Participate with Human Resources on employee engagement, hirings, evaluations, policies, and processes.
  • Participate in labour relations matters, such as grievance, arbitration, and bargaining.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of effective technical initiatives, including database and software systems (CRM), to streamline processes and improve efficiencies.
  • Develop project process maps to build team effectiveness and efficient planning.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to various department employees.

Key Qualities:

The Executive Director must be experienced and comfortable leading and developing a team of experienced professionals from various disciplines, ensuring cohesive collaboration and outcomes. For this role, the Executive Director should have:

  • Strong personal accountability for deliverables.
  • Ability to function effectively and professionally as a representative of the BCFED among internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to successfully manage change, and grow employee development.
  • Display a positive and supportive leadership style with a focus on collaboration.
  • Ability to envision and convey the BCFED's strategic plan to stakeholders.
  • A high level of effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with local and provincial organizations and political bodies.
  • A strong work ethic and ability to adapt to an ever changing and dynamic environment.
  • Possess a strong degree of organizational abilities, including planning, delegating and problem solving.
  • Possess a high level of technical capabilities and understanding.


  • The successful candidate should have five or more years of senior management experience, preferably in a non-profit organization.
  • Experience in the labour movement is considered an asset.
  • Experience conducting labour relations, including grievance, arbitrations, and bargaining, on behalf of an employer, is preferred.

Hours and Location:

This is a full-time permanent position with undefined hours, which can include some evenings and weekends.

The position location is currently remote, due to COVID-19 protocols, which is subject to change when permits. Ability to work from the BCFED office in Vancouver, and to travel to events and meetings in BC, is essential.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary and benefits for this excluded position are based on the Director position outlined in the BCFED – USW Collective Agreement (December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2020), plus any salary premiums for management positions.

To apply:

Deadline for application is Monday, November 22, 2021 at 5pm. Please forward a cover letter and CV to Human Resources at humanresources@bcfed.ca.