About the Law Foundation:
The Law Foundation of British Columbia (the Foundation) has a mission to advance and promote a just society governed by the rule of law, through leadership, innovation and collaboration. It has been doing this since 1969, using funds arising from interest paid on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts and other sources to make the law and justice system accessible, particularly to those segments of the public who face the greatest barriers to access.
Through its funding, the Foundation supports:
The Law Foundation is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work.
We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. The Foundation believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.
About the position:
Position Description and Purpose:
The Law Foundation of British Columbia seeks a creative, collaborative and strategic leader to be the first to assume a new role as its Director of Policy and Programs. The Director will support the Executive Director in designing and overseeing the execution of the Foundation’s program initiatives. The Director will lead the Foundation’s Program Team, consisting of six Program Directors and a Legal Advocate Training Manager, to implement strategies that harness grantmaking and other activities to achieve the Foundation’s goals.
The ideal candidate will have strong experience growing programs or organizations and successfully implementing initiatives that produce meaningful outcomes, especially in a philanthropic foundation or non-profit environment.
Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director will shape the Foundation’s strategy to enhance access to justice in British Columbia. The Foundation has recently expanded its work, and supports more programs than ever before, including a new network of poverty law and specialized legal clinics. The Foundation is embarking on a process to create a new strategic plan. It is also in a period of transition following a change in leadership, and is pursuing structural and operational change to respond to the new challenges it faces. The Director will play a key role in developing and in ensuring the success of these initiatives.
To succeed in this role, the Director must be a strategic thinker who is capable of leading projects from vision through to execution—perceiving emerging opportunities for impact, building a goal-oriented strategy, aligning internal and external stakeholders around a shared vision, and ensuring implementation.
The Director will report to the Executive Director, and will be part of the Foundation’s leadership team, alongside the Executive Director, the Director of Operations, and the Finance Director.
The Director will support and manage relationships with grantees and other funders, develop and implement funding activities that enhance access to justice within the Law Foundation’s objects, and provide leadership to other staff.
Primary job responsibilities include the following, and other duties as assigned:
Leadership in grantmaking and support for grantees
Leadership in Access to Justice
Manage for excellent results
Please don't be discouraged from applying if you do not possess the precise combination of all of the skills, attributes, qualifications and experience listed below. Furthermore, if your lived experience provides you with a foundation that is equivalent to the work/volunteer experience listed, you are encouraged to describe that in your application.
Skills and attributes - the following skills and attributes will be beneficial in this position:
Experience and qualifications - the following experience and qualifications would contribute to the success of the person in this role:
Salary range exceeds $90,000, and will depend on experience.
Our workplace environment also includes the possibility for flexible work arrangements. The Foundation is committed to the professional development of its staff an provides a range of training opportunities.
Application and selection process:
Please submit the following through this application portal:
When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “FirstnameLastname Resume.pdf” and “FirstnameLastname Cover Letter.pdf”.
Please note that the content and/or format of your cover letter, resume/CV and other materials may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Closing date: We will begin our formal review of applications after January 30th. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until we have found the successful candidate.
Interviews will be conducted by Foundation staff at our office in Vancouver or by video for candidates who live outside of the south coast of BC and southern Vancouver Island. The Foundation will make appropriate accommodations if needed for candidates that we interview. There may be a requirement for a second interview, and a request for writing samples to be provided. Please note, the successful applicant requires a police record check.
Strong candidates who are not selected for this position may be included on an eligibility list for future positions.
By submitting your application, you certify that all information submitted is true, complete and correct. Any information provided in your application, any assessment documents or processes and/or an interview that is found to be false or misrepresented in any respect, may eliminate you from further consideration for employment or may result in dismissal.
We acknowledge that the Foundation’s main office is located in Vancouver on the shared lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and conducts its work throughout the homelands of Indigenous Peoples across the place we now call British Columbia. The Law Foundation is committed to supporting a just and meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and others in these lands.
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