Job Title: Program Director, Indigenous Business Award (IBA) Program
Reports to: Executive Director
One year contract position: either as an independent contractor or term employee
BC Achievement Foundation (BC Achievement) is a non-profit organization with a mission to honour excellence and inspire achievement throughout British Columbia. Established in 2003, the foundation currently runs five annual award programs that recognize the accomplishments of individuals, groups and organizations in the areas of community leadership, applied art + design, First Nations art, Indigenous entrepreneurship and reconciliation.
For 19 years, BC Achievement has celebrated the province’s finest. The only organization of its kind in Canada to honour entrepreneurs, artists, leaders, visionaries and volunteers. BC Achievement shares the singular stories of these exceptional individuals.
But it’s always been about more than the individual. It’s about understanding and investing in the communities that carry them, the people and places that make up our province. Every one of our recipients is a conduit for change. The effects of their work rippling outward, building momentum while impacting countless lives. BC Achievement programming sparks a movement that captures the best of BC and carves a path forward for others to follow.
The Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program recognizes, celebrates and promotes excellence in Indigenous business by sharing stories of inspiration, innovation and resilience with the goal to provide models of success for other aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs. The program offers awardees and their supporters an authentic space to showcase their achievements, build bridges between BC’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies, and celebrate success, diversity and inclusion. The IBA program boasts over 200 award alumni since its launch in 2009. The 2022 program marks its 14th annual offering as it strives to serve as a catalyst for economic reconciliation while strengthening partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in BC.
Equity and diversity are essential to honouring excellence and inspiring achievement and align with BC Achievement’s goal to build stronger, more engaged and resilient communities where people are seen, heard and valued. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. BC Achievement encourages applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
At BC Achievement, each of us contributes to inclusion – we all have a role to play. Our culture is the result of our behaviours, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways we share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. Our inclusive culture inspires us to try new things, speak openly, be bold, nimble, humble and respectful. It brings us together in ways that help us stand out. Our inclusive culture empowers all of us to connect, belong and grow.
You have a well-rounded understanding of BC’s not-for-profit landscape and are comfortable working in flexible and adaptive environments. You are connected to Indigenous communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and Indigenous-led social change movements in BC. You are skilled in building and maintaining foundational relationships with Indigenous people to ensure Indigenous priorities are relational, transparent, and accountable. You can hold space for difficult conversations and model ways that drive positive cultural change. You uphold the values of the foundation and support us to advance on our commitments. You’re ready to join us as we explore and shape how BC Achievement might grow and do even more to align equity, diversity, and inclusion within our culture and our mission.
The IBA Program Director oversees the development and implementation of the award program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for all facets of the IBA program including the logistics, nomination and jury processes, and facilitation of the IBA presentation ceremony honouring the IBA awardees. The Program Director fosters strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to help deliver the organization’s mission and serves as the primary contact for the IBA program.
The successful candidate will:
- Oversee the management of the IBA program and deliver its mandate in alignment with BC Achievement’s mission.
- Raise the voices of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses who are building significant socio-economic opportunities and generating cultural resurgence across the province.
- Facilitate increased Indigenous representation in the business sector.
- Create a platform for sharing stories of resilience, strength and innovation of Indigenous entrepreneurs and their communities that help ‘to shift the narrative of trauma and deficit that are often at the forefront of news stories’.
- Develop and foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders that lend their support to elevating excellence and inspiring achievement in Indigenous business with the goal to build stronger, more engaged and resilient communities.
The IBA Program Director is a highly detailed, multi-tasking individual who can successfully manage and support internal and external team members. The individual must demonstrate a proven ability to thrive in an environment with multiple responsibilities and deadlines. With a focus on IBA program delivery, the program director is a key part of the BC Achievement team and works across all programs. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manage the overall operations of the IBA program and timeline for program phases: Nomination, Selection, Recognition, Engagement
- Design, direct, implement and disseminate program objectives and operational strategies
- Assist with program budgets
- Review annually IBA nomination form and program criteria
- Develop ‘Call for Nominations’ outreach strategy
- Organize and coordinate nomination process to ensure all nominees are eligible and meet program criteria
- Serve the jury process by providing expertise on the nominations and preparing materials for jury deliberations
- Liaise with event coordinator regarding logistics for the presentation ceremony, including the identification of emcees and keynote speakers, recognition materials
- Work closely with Communications Director and team to develop scripts, bios, website and social media content during recognition phase
- Working with Communications Director, coordinate awardee film production and developing narrative to ensure consistency of message and alignment with organization’s mission
- Liaise with Communication Director about social media strategy and messaging for the IBA program
- Coordinate pre- and post-Award presentation ceremony PR/media needs and requests
- Develop IBA alumni programming
- Develop evaluation strategies and Indigenous indicators to measure program performance which currently seeks to address engagement gaps for Indigenous people and reduce barriers (e.g., metrics will demonstrate effectiveness of call for nominations, quality and number of nominations submitted, jury process, nominator and awardee engagement, event attendees, sponsor engagement and satisfaction)
- Ensure project operations are consistent with regulatory guidelines and internal processes
- Develop innovative work systems and processes to simplify operations
- Collect, record and analyze project data including the creation of a data management plan for working with Indigenous peoples and their data
- Develop insightful reports for management, board and key stakeholders
External Relationship Management:
- Consult IBA advisory panel about program mandate, direction and outreach to nominators and community leaders
- Build partnerships with Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, educational and financial institutions, professional services, social enterprises, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, supporting organizations and government officials
- Implement strategies and recommendations to continually strengthen Indigenous engagement and consultation in a manner that promotes collaboration and transparency with Indigenous communities and centers Indigenous ways of knowing and being
- Assist with all external communications with supporting organizations, media, nominators, advisory panel, jury members, awardees, sponsors and event attendees
- Represent BC Achievement as the lead contact for all IBA programming both onsite at BC Achievement, and off-site as needed/requested
- Overseeing and providing support to tasks assigned to the Program & Administrative Coordinator regarding database management and website content for the IBA program
Accessibility considerations/Working Conditions:
- BC Achievement supports a flexible work-from-home schedule
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Knowledge, respect and understanding of Indigenous history, culture and traditions
- Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to foster relationships and strengthen partnerships with people while being sensitive to and aware of their individual needs, situations and backgrounds
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Knowledge of data management skills, performance metrics, and program management techniques
- Outstanding knowledge of Microsoft 365
- Strong problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task, juggle conflicting priorities
- Ability to delegate and collaborate effectively
- Knowledge of organization’s program policies and procedures
Required training & experience:
- Bachelor’s degree preferred with interest in non-profit management, community development, leadership, diversity and inclusion
- Five or more years’ experience working in the non-profit sector or for an NGO
- Five or more years’ experience in a managerial position
- Experience working across diverse First Nations and Indigenous communities
- Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates
- Salary will be within the $65,000 to $75,000 range, commensurate with experience
Please EMAIL your resume with a cover letter to [email protected] and tell us how your experience matches the position.
Only PDF or Word files. This posting will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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