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:
The new Program Director will join a dynamic team that is working with others to build innovative approaches to difficult access to justice challenges that affect the well-being of diverse communities in British Columbia.
The Program Director will advance the Foundation’s objectives by developing strategic and operational relationships with key stakeholders in multiple sectors; by managing a portfolio of grants and Foundation initiatives; by advising on grantmaking and other investments to achieve impact and build capacity; by generating, gathering and disseminating knowledge that will help create positive impact; by supporting the Foundation’s Board of Governors in their decision-making processes; and by participating in the life of the Foundation through workshops, convenings and other activities.
The Foundation’s six Program Directors have responsibility for different areas of the Foundation’s grant portfolio and work together with the Executive Director and the rest of our team. All share responsibility to ensure that equity and inclusion are integral considerations in the Team’s grantmaking work and internal work as a Foundation. We also share responsibility and work to ensure that our grantmaking work, in a sensitive and appropriate way, assists to advance the process of meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as it relates to the justice system. The Foundation seeks to ensure that our commitments in this regard are informed by and resonate with Indigenous communities and reflect changing legal and social circumstances.
The Foundation knows that no one organization can make progress in isolation – the Program Director will work in an environment of complexity, and engage with people of diverse perspectives, skills, worldviews and socioeconomic backgrounds. Program Directors represent the Foundation in external engagements from community meetings to multi-stakeholder tables.
The Program Director has a unique role to play that must be approached with a great deal of sensitivity to the power imbalances that unavoidably form the backdrop of a foundation/grantee relationship. The Program Director can be a source of help, and support to the organizations and people who are doing the funded work, while at the same time being a careful steward of resources. Foundation staff need to have a great deal of humility in navigating these relationships.
Position Description and Purpose:
Skills, attributes and experience - the following will be beneficial in this position:
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.
Salary range is $80,000-$100,000, 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 March 2. 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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