Vancouver Foundation acknowledges that we carry out our work on the lands of Indigenous nations
throughout colonial British Columbia. Our office is located on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional
territory of the x?m??k??y?? m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish) and Selí?lwitulh (Tsleil ? -Waututh)
Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation that serves Vancouver and all of BC. We bring
together the generosity of donors with the ideas and energy of people and communities across the
province. Every year we fund a diverse mix of grants, both large and small, that help to build healthy,
vibrant, equitable, and inclusive communities. Considered a leader in responsive grantmaking and
systems change, Vancouver Foundation is the most significant funder of charities in BC outside of
As a community foundation, we're committed to ensuring everyone has a place in our mission. We are
on a journey to actively align all aspects of our work - both internally and externally - to our
commitment to equity, inclusion, and a more just society.
For a view into our world, please visit: www.vancouverfoundation.ca
You are a passionate social purpose leader with experience in grantmaking, project management and
stakeholder engagement. You are adaptive, thrive when working in complexity, and can execute
actionable workplans even within an uncertain context. You are resourceful and proficient in leading
new projects and bringing them to life. You proactively seek opportunities to practice trust-based
philanthropy and bring a learning lens to all aspects of your work.
You have a well-rounded understanding of the charitable/philanthropic landscape in Canada. You are
connected to Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities and organizations, and youth-led social
change movements across BC. You are skilled in building and maintaining foundational relationships to
ensure the priorities of our work is relational, transparent, and accountable.
You have strong presentation, communication, and organizational skills; you are a skilled project
manager. Your work is both process-oriented and results-driven; you balance relational work with
moving things forward. You value transparency and are a natural collaborator. You can hold space for
difficult conversations and model behavioral shifts that support positive cultural change.
You understand and apply an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and feminist lens to the work. You uphold the
values of the Foundation and support us to advance on our commitments, including the Philanthropic
Declaration on Reconciliation and racial justice.
You're ready to join us as we explore and shape how Vancouver Foundation might do even more to align
justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with our culture and our mission.
About the Position
The Manager position supports the work of LEVEL within the GCI department. This is a multi-faceted
position that requires generalist skills, with an eye for detail as well as an ability to understand the
larger, more strategic goals of the department and Vancouver Foundation.
This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing both existing and new project
and program work that supports, enhances, and sustains external networks, partnerships and grant
making relationships throughout BC.
- Support designing and delivering granting programs that advances racial equity, including identifying resourcing needs, coordinating communications, engagement with grant seekers,
receipt assessments, notifications and recruiting, onboarding and convening advisors
- Integrate innovative grantmaking practices that move us towards trust-based philanthropy and reciprocal relationships
- Co-develop and implement processes reflective of decolonial ways of knowing, being, and doing
- Contribute to learning and evaluation strategies for future grantmaking Project Management
- Develop actionable workplans to execute LEVEL and departmental objectives
- Report on progress and recommendations to the Director as required
- Ensure organizational priorities are integrated into the development of departmental annual objectives and individual work plans
- Produce reports and documents as needed, including the organization and presentation of background and context materials, data, and other information
- Engage community members (including but not limited to land-based communities, Black, Indigenous and racialized communities and organizations, immigrant and refugee communities,
youth, grantees, advisors, and/or donors) to identify opportunities for collaboration, gaps in
services, and emerging issues
- Mobilize and facilitate learning opportunities that build capacity in external community stakeholders
- Seek opportunities to partner and leverage assets and expertise of Vancouver Foundation and external institutions, organizations, and individuals; negotiate partnerships and contracts that
- Manage key relationships ensuring consistent and clear communications Administration
- Oversee consultant contracts as required; provide clarity around expectations, timelines, and deliverables
- Represent the Foundation through participation in sector networks related to organizational priorities
- Manage internal and external meetings including logistics, attendance, agendas, record management, etc.
- Identify opportunities and make or act on recommendations for continuous improvement of all facets of work with assigned projects and programs
- Provide leadership to identified Grants and Community Initiative projects and programs including planning, execution, budgeting, communication, correspondence, and collaboration
- Support the Director, Grants and Community Initiatives with emergent projects as they arise
- Collaborate with other departmental liaisons to support alignment of data needs across the organization
- Support implementation of technology as needed to advance strategic goals All other duties as assigned by the Director, Grants and Community Initiatives
- Relevant field, work, or educational experience
- Grantmaking experience within the not-for-profit or public sector preferred
- Ability to build and enhance relationships with key stakeholders
- Experience in project and/or program management, development, planning and evaluation
- Knowledge of the charitable sector
- Analytical, research, report writing skills
- Creative approach/mindset
- Confident public speaking and community convening skills
- Experience in anti-oppression, decolonization, anti-racism, feminist theory, rights-based frameworks, etc.
- Extensive experience with MS Office suite and competence in using CRM databases Core Competencies
- Self-awareness - Reflexive with reference to individual social location, power, and privilege, with a strong understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth
- Emotional Maturity - Ability to maintain composure under pressure and handle multiple priorities
- Strategic Focus - Engages stakeholders in developing, supporting, and implementing the strategic direction
- Self-starter - Ability to organize and prioritize work and team logistics on multiple projects simultaneously and with minimum supervision
- Decisive - Takes a systems approach to solving problems and making decisions in collaboration with stakeholders; exercises excellent judgement
- Service Orientation - Focuses on Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities and organizations, grant seekers and other stakeholder experiences through interactions with the
- Embraces Complexity - Seeks to learn from rather than manage complexity
- Excellent Communication - Written and oral; effectively informs, influences, and persuades others
- Adaptable and Flexible - Ability to manage competing deadline pressures, ambiguity, and change
The Manager, Grants and Community Initiatives is directly accountable to the Director, Grants and
$74,500 annually plus a generous and comprehensive benefits package.
Hours of Work
This position is a full-time permanent position (35 hours per week) and will begin in August 2022.
Our head office is located in downtown Vancouver. Through our remote working policy, there is an
opportunity to work from home across BC. If interested, please identify your requested location during
the hiring process and we can discuss the conditions required under our policy.
Vancouver Foundation's office is located on the second and third floors of the building with an elevator
for access to the office. There is an accessible, gender-neutral washroom inside the second-floor office.
Vancouver Foundation has instituted a hybrid working model, with both work from home and in-office
options available to staff. The hybrid work options are position-dependant.
We are committed to the principles and practices of an inclusive and equitable employment process.
Our goal is to be representative of the communities we work with, and we encourage applicants from
communities which are structurally marginalized based on race, colour, religion, nationality, social or
ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. We welcome
applicants from all communities.
How to Apply
If this sounds like you, we welcome a brief cover letter and resume in one document by June 5, 2022 to
Via Isarta and be sure to quote position number 2022 - 06 in the subject