Unit F – 2002 Comox Ave., Comox, BC V9M 3M6 250.890.7561

Seeking Applications for the Position of Executive Director

The British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) is a non-profit organization representing the BC shellfish farming industry.

Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to the BCSGA President and Board of Directors.  This position requires demonstrated written communication and presentation skills, an ability to maintain multiple stakeholder relationships, strong project management skills and proven financial abilities. Knowledge of the BC aquaculture industry would be considered an asset.

The BC shellfish industry is a growth industry that is changing rapidly. Our membership is diverse and includes a multi-cultural client base. As the successful candidate, you have the skills listed on our job description as well as a passion for the shellfish farming community and its products.

The Executive Director develops and proposes (to the President and the Board) ideas and vision for the BC shellfish brand. The BCSGA offers a competitive salary and benefit package.

Interested parties should email their cover letter and resume to ed@bcsga.ca by November 22, 2019. (No phone calls, please.) Only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted.


Executive Director Role

Start Date: January 2020

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.  

The Executive Director must possess the following skills to effectively lead the organization:


  • Work with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Identify, assess and inform the Board of Directors of  internal and external issues that effect the organization
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board
  • Represent the BCSGA at community events to enhance the organization’s community profile
  • Represent the BCSGA to the media


  • Execute the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Ensure membership files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Prepare meeting agendas and supporting material


  • Plan and implement the Annual General Meeting as well as workshops, events and meetings that may arise
  • Solicit sponsorship for the above events
  • Ensure BCSGA services contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board


  • Keep the membership informed of the work done by the organization
  • Inform the members of specific issues and opportunities and provide general updates
  • Bring member issues and opportunities to the Board
  • Establish a good working relationship with community groups, membership, funding agencies, politicians and other organizations related to aquaculture and farming


  • Ensure the BCSGA carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage


  • Leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations
  • Federal and provincial regulations applicable to shellfish aquaculture operations
  • Current challenges for the shellfish industry and opportunities for industry growth

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the membership and regulatory bodies
  • Ability to communicate effectively; i.e., speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner, using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/innovation to develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization while creating new opportunities for shellfish growers under the direction of the Board of Directors
  • Interest in making farm tours and learning about shellfish farming techniques
  • Working within a shared calendar


  • Office management/administration
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors an asset
  • Financial management/bookkeeping
  • Ability to work independently
  • Event planning and execution
  • Proven ability to problem solve, to gather information and formulate possible solutions
  • Understanding of aquaculture an asset
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as required
  • Organization and prioritization


  • Competitive salary
  • Benefit scheme
  • 3 weeks annual paid vacation
  • Full time commitment
  • 3 month probationary period – 75% of full salary


Unit F, 2002 Comox Avenue, Comox, British Columbia