Richmond Addiction Services Society is seeking an Executive Director

Role Overview:

Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS) is currently accepting applications for an experienced Executive Director with strong leadership, strategy, and community engagement skills, who is passionate and dedicated to preventative addiction services. This is an opportunity to lead a well-respected and appreciated organization that has supported the Richmond community for over 40 years. RASS is looking for a new leader to lead the continued growth of the organization, identify new opportunities to fulfill community needs, and incorporate a more holistic approach to services.

RASS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing expertise in preventing and treating addictions in their community. RASS has a team of 9 board members, 15 unionized staff, as well as volunteers all dedicated to promoting healthy and safe living for individuals and families in the Richmond community. The society is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

The ideal candidate is passionate and dedicated to preventative addiction services, leads with compassion, and always strives to live their values. They have exceptional people engagement and business leadership skills, and are able to prioritize relationships and support the professional growth and wellbeing of staff and volunteers, while advancing the aims of the organization. They are a professional individual who understands how to grow an organization that provides a range of services and operates in a complex, diverse, and sensitive environment.  The ideal candidate will have experience and familiarity with community and social services non-profit organizations, ideally those providing mental health, addictions, and trauma-informed care.

The ideal candidate must be able to effectively build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders and other service agencies to ensure the needs of the Richmond community are met. They must have have a strong interest in building relationships with the community, stakeholders, and other service agencies, and be flexible and innovative in their approach to locating and identifying new opportunities for RASS.

Position Responsibilities:

The Executive Director leads the organization and is accountable for all facets of its operations and activities. Reporting to the President and Board of Directors, the Executive Director is accountable for the following:

  • Overall strategic leadership and day-to-day operational management of all aspects of the Society;
  • Cultivating and maintaining effective partnerships with stakeholders, governments, donors, media, and other service agencies;
  • Building community partnerships and acting as RASS’s principal spokesperson and community ambassador to advance its vision, mission and mandate;
  • Advancing a positive workplace culture that is consistent with the RASS’s vision, mission and values;
  • Leading fund development plans to realize RASS’s diverse programming goals; and
  • Building and maintaining a professional and collaborative relationship with the volunteer Board of Directors.

Please review the Job Description and Opportunity Brief for the full list of duties and responsibilities and for more information on the organization and ideal candidate profile.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in business or a related field is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of progressive management experience in a non-profit organization, ideally in an Executive Director or senior management role.
  • Experience working with a non-profit volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Experience with all aspects of Human Resource management, including the recruitment, orientation, teambuilding, and recognition of staff and volunteers.
  • Experience working and managing in a unionized environment.
  • Experience managing non-profit finances and fund development.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and commitment to Richmond’s cultural dynamics.
  • Experience working with VCH and MCFD as funders is an asset.
  • Experience in clinical supervision and counselling is an asset.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/voluntary organizations.
  • Understanding of the role of a Board of Directors and ideal relationship between a Board and an Executive Director.
  • Knowledge of the needs of youth and older adults, particularly in terms of mental health, addiction, and trauma-informed care.
  • Knowledge of Government Funding and negotiations.
  • Working knowledge of collective agreements in order to manage in a union environment.
  • Commitment to cultural competency and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds/cultures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff, volunteers, and community organizations.
  • Strong people management skills and ability to build trust and cohesion
  • Strong fund development skills.
  • Strong relationship building skills and experience working collaboratively and effectively with other agencies, community stakeholders and organizations, municipal and provincial government agencies, and corporate sponsors.
  • Ability to motivate staff with a clear vision for the society’s programming.
  • Ability to prioritize and implement strategic initiatives with clear, prescribed outcomes.
  • Strong change management skills and ability to help grow an organization.
  • Proficient with standard office software and technology (e.g., Word, Excel, and social media platforms).
  • Satisfactory completion of a Criminal Record Check.
  • Current or previous connection and understanding of the Richmond area is an asset.

Closing Date:

November 22, 2020

Apply Now:

This search is conducted by Realize Strategies on behalf of Richmond Addiction Services Society.  We thank all applicants for your interest in this position. 

Click here to see some of our tips for writing a stand-out application. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact John Kay, Alison Marshall, or Gillian Harper at 604.718.8292.