The BC Freedom of Information and
Privacy Association is looking for a new Executive Director.
Our current Executive Director, Sara
Neuert, will be leaving FIPA at the end of October, and FIPA is looking for a
passionate, knowledgeable leader who is looking to make a difference in the
world of information and privacy rights.
The BC Freedom of
Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA) 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 advocacy.
Director reports to and advises the FIPA Board of Directors, and currently oversees
one full-time staff, occasional part-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.
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.
Research, client assistance, and law reform
- Plan, coordinate and supervise public
interest advocacy campaigns, and special events;
- Provide direct assistance to FIPA clients
on issues related to information and privacy rights;
- Propose, plan, and manage special
projects, including law reform initiatives, that contribute to the Association’s
- Conduct research on topics related to the
Association’s mandate, and direct staff and contract researchers.
Operational planning, management, and reporting
- Conduct organizational and strategic
planning in conjunction with the Board of Directors;
- Ensure legal requirements under the Societies Act are fulfilled;
- Direct FIPA day-to-day operations in
conjunction with the Program Director;
- Supervise all financial operations;
- Prepare annual and ad hoc reports for FIPA’s major funders.
Human resources planning
- Recruit and direct staff, volunteers, and
contractors, including pro
- 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
- 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, including by responding to media requests for comment and by
preparing written material that presents the position of the Association;
- Seek out and build collaborative
initiatives and relationships with stakeholder organizations;
- Supervise preparation of promotional and
- 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
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 will also have the entrepreneurial bent and the positive, enthusiastic attitude necessary to help FIPA grow.
You are an excellent leader who can organize and supervise a team, work with a board of directors, Association members, and partners, build and contribute to coalitions of allies, and communicate with a range of audiences and stakeholders. You are a creative and critical thinker who can follow through on a strategic plan while responding to emerging issues. You are keenly interested in information and privacy rights, and you are familiar with current issues in these fields. You understand how these issues connect to broader debates about civil liberties, human rights, and democratic institutions. You possess a strong working understanding of the laws and policies that govern privacy rights and freedom of information, especially in BC, and you have experience using the law strategically, either as a lawyer or with substantial experience working with the tools of the Canadian legal system.
You will possess:
- Demonstrated successful management
experience in the non-profit sector, including experience in fundraising
- A proven track record in communications
and advocacy in the non-profit sector
- Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and
- Experience and competence in research and
- Professional capability with computers and
- A law degree and / or a graduate degree in social sciences,
communications, or another relevant discipline.
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.
Information and instructions for applicants
interested in this opportunity are asked to submit an e-mail outlining their
interest in the position, with two attached files consisting separately of a
cover letter and resume. Please include
your name and the phrase “Application for Executive Director” in the subject
line of the e-mail and send to BC FIPA at email@example.com.
No phone calls
please. For questions about the
position, please email FIPA President, Mike Larsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
All attached files
must be in PDF format only; other formats will not be accepted or
considered. Files must not be locked or
password protected, nor should they contain any hyperlinks. We will not consider any materials which
require us to use a hyperlink to access.
Please note that only
short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Submission and Candidate Selection Timelines
BC FIPA is striving
to have the Executive Director position filled by mid- to late October. The position will remain open until a
suitable candidate is hired. Interested
parties are strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as
Information Regarding Candidate Selection
applicants should be prepared to participate in further interviews with members
of the Selection Committee, either in person or via teleconference. Short-listed applicants should also be
prepared to provide additional materials to the selection committee such as:
- A sample of communications based on
scenarios specified by the Selection Committee
- An example of communications work with
respect to policy or advocacy in previous positions
- Names and contact details of at least
three qualified professional references