Big changes coming to FIPA – We’re looking for a new Executive Director!

FIPA is looking for a new Executive Director!

This is a rare opportunity for someone looking to make a difference in the world of information and privacy rights.

Our long-serving Executive Director, Vincent Gogolek, will be heading into retirement next year, and we need someone to replace him.

Check out the job posting below, and make sure to get your application in by November 3, 2017.

Job Posting: Executive Director

The Organization:

The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established a quarter century ago to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, public assistance, research, and law reform.

The Position:

The Executive Director reports to and advises the FIPA Board of Directors, and oversees one full-time staff, volunteers, and contractors. This position is accountable for the leadership of the organization, and for the communication and expansion of the organization’s messages and values.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Governance and Leadership

  • Work with the Board to ensure the Association’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities remain current;
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations at local, provincial and national levels;
  • Support the Board by organizing and attending meetings, and advising the Board on all relevant issues

Operational Planning, Management and Reporting

  • Conduct organizational and strategic planning in conjunction with the Board of Directors;
  • Ensure legal requirements are fulfilled;
  • Direct FIPA day-to-day operation in conjunction with the Program Director;
  • Propose, plan, and manage special projects that contribute to the Association’s goals;
  • Supervise all financial operations.

Human Resources Planning

  • Recruit and supervises staff, volunteers, and contractors – including pro bono lawyers;
  • Determine staff requirements.


  • Responsible for the overall diversification of funding and resource development;
  • Oversee all fundraising activities, including grant application, donation and membership drives, and special events;
  • Ensure grant proposals, applications, and reports are completed and submitted on time.

Communications, Stakeholder and Member Relations

  • Coordinate and conduct communications and relations with government, media, other stakeholders, and community groups;
  • Act as the main spokesperson for the Association;
  • Seek out and build collaborative initiatives and relationships with stakeholder organizations;
  • Supervise preparation of promotional and information materials;
  • Attend stakeholder events, representing the Association’s interests and priorities;
  • Supervise all FIPA communications content, including web and social media, a quarterly bulletin, press releases, and other publications.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise public interest advocacy campaigns, and special events.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will not only have the expertise and experience to manage and expand a non-profit group dedicated to civil liberty issues, but also will also have the entrepreneurial bent and the enthusiastic attitude necessary to help FIPA grow.


The successful candidate will not only have the expertise and experience to manage and expand a non-profit group dedicated to civil liberties issues, but also the entrepreneurial bent and the enthusiastic attitude necessary to meet FIPA’s growth challenge.

You must have a keen interest in human rights and information rights.

You must be an excellent leader and communicator capable of working co-operatively with a voluntary board of directors, volunteers, membership and a wide range of stakeholders in the greater community.

You will possess:

  • Successful experience in fundraising for non-profits
  • A proven track record in communications and marketing for the non-profit sector
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational ability
  • Experience and competence in research and writing
  • Professional capability with computers and electronic communications
  • A graduate degree in social sciences, communications, law or commensurate education and experience.

Working Conditions

This is a full-time position based out of our office in Vancouver, B.C. Some travel required, possibly to Ottawa and/or Victoria.

BC FIPA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, and LGBTQIA and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume with three references and a statement of interest with your name and “Application for Executive Director” in the Subject Line to BC FIPA at Please send documents in PDF format. No phone calls please. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Deadline for application: Friday November 3, 2017