Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited is currently recruiting an individual to fill the role of Executive Director that can lead this dynamic organization with an annual budget of $3.5 million and over 50 employees. We are seeking a leader that will cast vision alongside the Board for this organization marrying cutting edge youth work with our mission to share the love of Christ to a new generation.
Why we exist:
“It is the mission of Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited to provide youth with caring relationships and developmental opportunities for their whole person (mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual) in the context of the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
GVYU is a place of connection and transformation, Youth Unlimited helps young people discover their potential. If they feel alone, marginalized, vulnerable or just need somewhere fun but safe to connect to we’re here to walk with them, help them learn life skills, support their growth as a person, and discover their potential. We do this through activities, arts, sports, camps, drop-in centres, youth groups and a myriad of other programs accessible throughout Greater Vancouver.
We’re a Christian organization but we’re not preachy, so we’re able to make genuine connections with young people and support them with the help they need – be it physical, mental, social, emotional or spiritual. We’re about genuine relationships. We don’t judge or tell. Instead, we listen and have the conversations youth want and need to have.
Our programming is relevant, fun, and most important – responsive to the needs of youth within their communities. It’s diverse and includes teen parent support groups, social justice initiatives, popular sports and activities, mentoring, food programs and counselling and much more. There’s something for everybody. We also appreciate the benefits of partnering with churches, schools, community groups, associations, or working directly with families.
Our experienced staff is deeply committed and caring. Guided by values of compassion, integrity and servitude, they have an extraordinary ability to connect with youth and help them along life’s path. At Youth Unlimited, we passionately believe in the potential of each young person with whom we interact, and are dedicated to providing opportunities for them to lead what Jesus calls “lives to the full”.
As a non-profit, we solely rely on the generosity of donors who support our staff, as well as our operations. These are people who share our purpose of or are compelled to support our vision to transform a generation from the inside out. Each staff member has a responsibility to be an active participant in the development of Youth Unlimited’s donor base.
Youth Unlimited is a chartered member of Youth Unlimited Canada and part of Youth for Christ, an international, non-denominational Christian ministry founded in the early 1940’s. Candidates for this Executive Director role would have the following skill sets:
The Executive Director of this organization should demonstrate a fulsome theological and biblical
understanding. The ED should have a heart for the less privileged (at Risk) in our society given many of our constituents fall into this category and be discerning of God’s Heart and where He would have our organization focus our time and efforts.
We are looking for someone who has God’s anointing with respect to taking the organization ethos and facilitating the dreaming, building and fulfilment of the mission. The ED must be forward looking and be able to push the organization forward.
The ED must be able to lead a team, managing a diverse group of people working collaboratively,
coaching and where necessary directing. When problems arise, they must have the capacity to identify the issue, determine if an internal solution is available and on some occasions, make the hard decision to change personnel.
From an external perspective, skills of networking and partnership building are essential.
The ED must have an understanding of what it takes to be an effective youth missionary / worker
and how to effectively incorporate programs into the ministry. Given there is significant diversity in programs across the area, there need not be a cookie cutter approach; however, the ED must be able to identify if the programs are effective and fulfilling our mission and then direct the organization in the continuance or adjustment of same.
There are multiple layers of administration within the organization. The ED ultimately must direct the financial, Human Resources and administrative mechanisms of the organizations and be able to identify when they are insufficient to the proper functioning of the organization. Further, given the charitable status of the organization, there are significant issues that come along with this registration and ultimately, the ED (along with Board) bear weight of responsibility to function in this environment.
Excellence in Communication
Communication with internal groups and external groups are a key. A significant function of the ED is to represent the organization from an external perspective, sharing God’s calling on the organization in the community and His kingdom. This communication is a key in so far as a significant function of the ED is the overall development of the donor base and generating the funding of the organization (fundraising).
Funding and Salary of ED Position
Dependent on experience and qualifications. Youth Unlimited’s funding is based on a personal support raising model. The ED role fits into this structure as with all other employees.
More details on our organization can be found at www.youthunlimited.com
Deadline of May 31, 2014
Cover letter and resume can be attached below or be forwarded to:
1.888.649.2011 Ext 7
Posted on April 30, 2014