In 1974, a small group of people came together to form the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to address social concerns on the Saanich Peninsula. Over the many years that followed, the charity evolved and grew to what today, is known as Beacon Community Services.
Beacon Community Services is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving thousands of people in the Southern Vancouver Island and the outer Gulf Islands. Woven into the fabrics of these communities, their diverse range of services and care programs span every stage of life from Employment Services, Volunteer Services, Senior Care, Services for Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health and Counselling Services, Seniors Activity Centers and Thrift Shops. Additionally, Beacon Community Services is proud to encompass 12 First Nation communities supporting a culture that is diverse in tradition and history.
Humble and giving, the family of nearly 1,000 staff and volunteers are dedicated to serving the community in a variety of ways across a variety of programs. Beacon Community Services’ true north star is to help people in need.
Helping people…Improving lives.
Beacon Community Services will be recognized as a preferred provider of diverse health, social, and volunteer services responding to the priority needs of families and communities on Southern Vancouver Island.
Dependability, Responsiveness, Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence
Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Reports to: Board of Directors
Beacon Community Services is in search of an inspiring, collaborative, visionary and philanthropic leader to join the organization as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO assumes the key leadership position, having overall responsibility for the management and strategic direction of the organization. Beacon Community Services has a wide capacity to scale-up services and programs in traditional and innovative ways. This is an opportunity for a growth-mindset leader to harness the established successes and strategically build for the betterment of the people and its communities.
The CEO is the inspirational voice of Beacon, who passionately and artfully articulates the growth strategy and vision to existing and future community stakeholders and partners. The CEO embraces change and is motivated by the significant opportunities ahead to proactively grow a diverse range of services and programs in an organization that has strong and well-established roots within the community. Trusting and empathetic in nature, the CEO understands the nuances and unique needs of the various portfolios and business units, and will utilize resilience, critical thinking and influence to achieve the strategic initiatives and organizational goals to grow the organization and its people.
The CEO is a transformational leader, accustomed to engaging and navigating complexity. An experienced, credible and thoughtful leader, the CEO models the way through visible leadership and makes great effort to personally connect with the culture of the organization, cultivating an environment that is safe, trusting and inclusive to the many diverse groups and communities. The CEO will effectively and astutely influence and advocate on behalf of Beacon Community Services with pride.
First Year Deliverables
- Develop and solidify relationships and engagement with key stakeholders in government, sector and community partners including funders and unions.
- Forge new strategic alliances while building strong, effective and trusted relationships with partner organizations and funders to increase public awareness.
- Develop a framework for implementation of a comprehensive succession plan for all key managerial/leadership roles.
- Play an integral role in the development and re-alignment of strategic initiatives and road map for the organization.
- Create and begin to action a growth strategy to expand and broaden the portfolio of programs and services for the organization.
Education and Experience
- A post-secondary degree, preferably at a master’s level, in business administration, finance or a relevant field is preferred.
- At least 5 years of experience in a senior leadership position, within a complex organization.
- An understanding of Board Governance and experience working collaboratively with a volunteer Board of Directors, ideally in the not-for-profit and/or social services sector.
- Demonstrated experience working closely with community partners leading and forging collaborative solutions and initiatives.
- Ability to think strategically and develop a long-term business plan to ensure the organization’s ongoing sustainability.
- Extensive experience building effective relationships with diverse groups of individuals, including senior executives, Boards, government, community leaders, First Nations, staff and volunteers.
- Track record of building organizational capacity and cultivating talent – recruiting, retaining, coaching, leading and mentoring high performing, cross-functional and diverse teams.
- Experience working with unions; collective agreement negotiations considered an asset.
- Experience volunteering with a Board of Directors is considered an asset.
- A clear understanding of the non-profit sector and government systems, legislations and funding, including a strong track record of successfully obtaining funding from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Competencies and Attributes
- A transparent and collaborative leader who possesses a growth mind-set with a track record of empowering people.
- A high degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
- Visionary and proactive, highly creative and flexible; a conceptual thinker with a high degree of passion and empathy, and ability to consistently exhibit a positive outlook.
- Demonstrated professionalism, cultural sensitivity, humility, ethics and adaptability.
- Comfortable in a highly visible role, a confident public speaker with an expressive style that is agreeable to diverse stakeholder groups.
- Ability to work effectively with all levels of government, community businesses, nonprofit organizations and peer agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to gain respect, trust, credibility, and confidence with all internal and external stakeholders.
Key Success Factors
- Through influence and buy-in, create opportunities to drive momentum, embrace change and make an impact.
- Champion the many unique successes and leverage growth opportunities by investing in new, diverse and innovative programs and services.
- Apply a balanced approach of financial, business and HR management expertise.
- Develop and implement succession planning and performance management tools that encourages a sustainable, positive and engaged workforce.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Beacon Community Services welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourages applications from candidates who represent the diversity of the communities they serve.
Beacon Community Services
North Saanich, BC, Canada