Job Description: Executive Director

Company: British Columbia Museums Association
Location: Victoria (Vancouver Island/Coast)
Job Category Management
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary $$55,000 - $65,000 - Yearly

Executive Director

The British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) Council is seeking an experienced business-focused and strategic Executive Director. Preferably based in the organization’s Victoria office, the successful candidate will carry out the BCMA’s strategic priorities and work collaboratively with Council, the membership and partners to facilitate the success of the association as a leading provincial cultural service organization.


Founded in 1957, the BC Museums Association, in partnership with members, creates a bright future for BC’s museum, gallery, and related communities through networking, advocacy and professional development. A 13-member Council of museum leaders elected by the membership governs the BCMA while part-time staff, contractors and volunteers deliver services to the sector. The organization is a provincially incorporated society and a registered charitable organization.

Position Expectation:

  • Works collaboratively with BCMA Council, members, partner organizations and stakeholders to develop initiatives of benefit to the association's members including professional development and networking opportunities such as: annual conference, regional workshops, webinars, a podcast series, the annual GLAM symposium, and a mentorship program
  • Manages, monitors, and reports regularly on BCMA finances including identifying risks and making future budget recommendations
  • Explores, plans and implements revenue generating initiatives
  • Advocates and promotes BC’s museum community on behalf of BCMA to government and sponsors
  • Initiates, manages, evaluates and reports on new BCMA projects
  • Under the direction of BCMA Council, develops, implements and revises as necessary a business plan that includes the goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of the organization as guided by the Strategic Plan
  • Grant writing and community/corporate sponsorships
  • Manages staff, services and activities of BCMA
  • Hires, coaches, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff and volunteers and oversees the work of professional consultants
  • Effectively communicates with association members and stakeholders, including media and other partners
  • Creates and maintains relationships with stakeholders including GLAM partners, governments, sponsors and professional organizations
  • Undertakes research assignments that link to museum practice and bring value to the organization and members
  • Implements and maintains an office IT plan and manages all of the association’s digital properties
  • Organizes and attends all Council meetings and provides support to committees where necessary
  • Works with committees and contractors on organization of annual conference, AGM and other events
  • Manages member communications including a listserv, social media, website, branding, print communications and a quarterly magazine
  • Other duties as required

Working Relationships:

This position will work closely with the following:

  • BCMA members
  • BCMA Council
  • BCMA Council committees
  • BCMA staff and contractors
  • BC Arts Council, provincial arts service organizations, and other partners and donors
  • Provincial and federal government partners and funding agencies
  • Professional GLAM organizations
  • Royal BC Museum (as the office hosting partner)

Candidate Requirements:

  • Prefer five years relevant management experience plus relevant degree, Master’s Degree preferred, in management, museum studies, archives, heritage, history, communications, or combination
  • Demonstrated ability to think, plan and act strategically with experience working in a fast-paced organization juggling multiple projects
  • Financial management experience
  • Ability to advance plans methodically through to effective implementation
  • Experience with writing grants and securing sponsorships
  • Experience managing large events
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strategic planning and project management experience
  • Substantial experience and understanding of the cultural sector and heritage/arts service organizations. An understanding of the sector in British Columbia is a strong asset.
  • Effective and demonstrated strategic partnership building experience
  • Flexibility to travel to meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Prefer experience bringing an entrepreneurial eye to a not-for-profit setting


  • Proactive Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Service
  • Accountability


Salary range of $55,000 - $65,000 annually commensurate with knowledge and experience of candidate, plus modest support for professional development activities, and a monthly stipend to offset benefits. The schedule is flexible but candidates must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, especially during event times. Travel and access to own vehicle is required.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are asked to apply through Charity Village. Please visit

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, July 22, 2019

Successful applicants will be called to participate in the interview process. Interviews are scheduled to take place in July.