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Executive Director - Actsafe

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Management
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Executive Director
Deadline: August 2, 2013
Posted: July 4, 2013

Job Description / Duties

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">General</span>

The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of ACTSAFE, and for achieving the goals of the mission statement and the objectives set by the Board of Directors.  Appointed by the Board of Directors and reporting to the Chair, the Executive Director provides leadership in the management of ACTSAFE, the facilitation of stakeholder input and directs the staff in the planning and development, administration, management and mentoring of all ACTSAFE activities.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Specific Responsibilities</span>

  • Initiates, organizes and co-ordinates educational activities to promote safety within the arts and entertainment industry.
  • Develops and provides appropriate policy and strategy recommendations for consideration by the Board. 
  • Attends all Board meetings and presents a written Executive Director’s Report.  Prepares other written reports to Board members as required.
  • Facilitates compliance with WorkSafeBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in the arts and entertainment industry. Provides recommendations for modification when WorksafeBC compliance is unachievable for either industry.<ins cite="mailto:Tracey%20Wood" datetime="2013-06-25T14:42"> </ins>
  • Seeks and maintains appropriate collaboration and cooperation with industry committees, associations, unions and guilds that will assist in the attainment of goals and effective delivery of programs. 
  • Liaises and communicates with appropriate WorksafeBC<ins cite="mailto:Tracey%20Wood" datetime="2013-06-25T14:43"> </ins>personnel and other safety organizations including other health and safety associations as required to foster a blending of awareness, education and enforcement to instill safe work practices.
  • Keeping in mind Actsafe’s strategic goals and succession planning, develops and maintains a staff organization which provides appropriate policy recommendations for consideration by the Board and delivers services, programs and information beneficial to all ACTSAFE members.
  • Proposes an issue agenda<ins cite="mailto:Tracey%20Wood" datetime="2013-06-25T14:45">,</ins> ongoing project list and updates for the Board of Directors, Motion Picture/Video, and Performing Arts committee meetings.
  • Attends workplaces in branches of the arts and entertainment industry to become familiar with relevant health and safety issues. 
  • Performs such other duties as are customarily incidental to the position or as the Board may from time to time prescribe. 

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Leadership</span>

  • Provides effective leadership in the development of strategies, plans and priorities to achieve the goals and complete the mission of ACTSAFE. 
  • Provides leadership and mentoring to employees.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical leadership.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Financial and Communication</span>

  • Manages the financial relationship with ACTSAFE’S funding partner, WorkSafeBC.
  • Develops and recommends to the Board of Directors an annual budget for revenues, expenses and capital expenditures.
  • Ensures that sound financial plans, performance measurements and controls are in place to protect the viability, stewardship and assets of ACTSAFE.
  • Evaluates, reviews and approves or recommends major financial decisions.
  • Promotes and raises the profile of ACTSAFE and serves as an effective ambassador within the arts and entertainment community. 

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Reporting Structure</span> 

Reports to:

Chair and Board of Directors

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Supervises:</span>

  • Occupational Health and Safety Consultant
  • Office Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Consultants as required
  • Other staff as the Board of Directors may direct

Qualifications / Required Skills

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">General</span>

The ideal candidate will bring to ACTSAFE an outstanding track record of previous success as an accomplished professional recognized for his/her management and general business skills.  As well, the new incumbent is recognized for his/her leadership and interpersonal abilities fostering teamwork and results.  Exposure to the operational aspects of association management would be an asset.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Specific Requirements</span>

  • Ideally has a solid exposure and familiarity with the arts, entertainment and production industry as well as safe work practices and WorkSafeBC regulatory structure.
  • Previous experience in a senior management role within a progressive organization.
  • A post-secondary degree would be considered an asset.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Skills and Abilities</span>

  • Strong leadership skills.  An organizer and motivator of people with the ability to develop and impart the mission, vision and strategic plan of ACTSAFE. 
  • Facilitation. As a consensus based organization, the ability to facilitate issues and meetings to move the organization forward will be a major asset.
  • A skilled administrator and manager; able to work with a wide variety of people. 
  • Working knowledge of current computer software and familiarity with social networking. 
  • Has effectively and efficiently worked with numerous stakeholder groups and committees.
  • Understands the dynamics of and is sensitive to working with not-for-profit organizations.
  • Reasonable understanding of and experience in financial management, project management, budgeting and human resources.
  • Thorough knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s Bylaws, Rules, Regulations and Policies.
  • Understands the complexity of the regulatory framework within WorkSafeBC and keeps current with its specifications and regulations and proposed amendments.
  • A competent and reliable public speaker; able to act as representative on behalf of ACTSAFE. 
  • An appreciation for and the ability to work effectively with small “p” politics.
  • Demonstrates outstanding professional and ethical behavior. 
  • Ability to recognize and effectively deal with potentially controversial safety issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in negotiating effective solutions and capable of bringing closure to a variety of long and short-term projects.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Relationship Skills</span> 

  • Ability to relate to members of the Board and provide meaningful guidance to them as requested.
  • Diplomatic; effective in dealing with people from diverse backgrounds, interests, personalities and styles.
  • Has a frank, open, team-oriented management style and the ability to make challenging decisions as required.
  • Enjoys people; will be open, approachable, tactful and politically sensitive while possessing the ability to lead people to achieve objectives.  A good listener. 

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Personal Characteristics</span>

  • An abiding interest in the arts and entertainment industry.
  • Politically astute.
  • Understands there is wide range of industry personality types and complex issues within the province and deals with all stakeholders in a diplomatic, sensitive manner.
  • Genuine.
  • An independent self-starter.
  • Loyal, flexible, open-minded.
  • Intelligent, thorough, detail-oriented, diligent and well organized
  • Innovative, creative, future-oriented.
  • Confident, self assured; able to handle a range of projects and issues concurrently; sets priorities effectively; manages time well; effective problem-solver.
  • A sense of humour.

Additional Information

<div><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Compensation:</span></div>
  • 85-95k per annum based on experience
  • 5% RRSP contribution
  • Medical/Dental
  • 3 weeks paid holiday

Salary: See above

Contact Information


Employer Profile

Actsafe, BC’s performing arts and film industry safety association, is currently seeking an Executive Director.

For 15 years Actsafe has been an industry leader in health and safety, and is looking for a candidate to lead us into the future. If you are looking for a position that makes a difference in people’s lives, this is it.

Working closely with our Board of Directors and dynamic staff you will have the opportunity to positively impact the safety and well being of workers in two extremely interesting and creative industries.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a creative and relaxed work environment.

Application deadline: Friday August 2nd 2013

Please review our Executive Director Role Profile at:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

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