Director, Gathering Place Community Centre

Requisition ID: 17485 


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The City of Vancouver is seeking a strategic, community minded leader to fill the position of Director of the Gathering Place Community Centre. The Director plays a significant role in the leadership and oversight of critical social, recreational, and cultural services for the Downtown South community. The City is seeking a candidate who is skilled in people leadership and community development, and who will continue to lead the Centre in responding to the changing needs of the Downtown South.


Director is responsible for establishing the mission, vision, and strategic goals of Gathering Place Community Centre to support the City of Vancouver’s mission to create a great city of communities.

Reporting to the Managing Director, Non Market Housing & Social Operations, the Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the Gathering Place Community Centre, a community resource providing social, cultural, education, nutritional, health and recreational programs and services primarily to low income members of the Downtown South community.


The Director works closely with the Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association board to respond to changing community needs and interests, and advocates for the community including advising senior management on emerging issues and service gaps.  The Director provides leadership in community development and collaborates with service providers, community groups, business, and other levels of government to establish and coordinate responses to emerging and ongoing community concerns.


The Director integrates value based leadership and decision making into the operation of the Gathering Place Community Centre. The Director demonstrates openness and leads, coaches, and mentors staff and volunteers to be successful in a service focused environment.

The Director develops and manages the annual operating budget and prepares small and large capital expense requests, as well as pursues alternate funding sources and provides oversight of grants and partnerships between the Center, Community Centre Association, and other levels of government (including BC Housing) and community organizations.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Leadership and management of Gathering Place programs, and other assigned programs, with oversight of the budget and program decisions affecting services to the Downtown South community.
  • Working collaboratively with the Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association board to establish and implement short and long-range goals and objectives for programs and services to enhance the health and well-being of community members and ensure that programs and services in the Centre remain relevant.
  • Modeling personal excellence and supporting staff to incorporate value based decision making, adaptability, and innovation and initiative into their work.
  • Responsible for all Human Resource functions including, hiring, training, performance management and labour relations matters.
  • Collaborate with community organizations and City of Vancouver departments in the development and sharing of best practices regarding programs, services, policies, and procedures, as well as innovative projects to address intractable problems such as poverty, employment, and mental health and addiction issues.
  • Building and strengthening positive relationships within the Downtown South community through community development and engagement.
  • Establishing and maintaining policies, procedures and practices to guide work at the Centre.
  • Strategically planning, managing, and evaluating to meet goals and objectives and ensure accountability.
  • Ensuring Centre staff, programs and services are service orientated and accountable.
  • Leading the Centre’s role and response in emergencies including as a Temporary Winter Shelter, emergency reception centre, and other EOC activations.
  • Leading staff through organizational change in response to City priorities and shifting needs in the Downtown South Community.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the interests and needs of patrons who face multiple barriers including poverty, mental and physical disabilities, drug and/or alcohol dependencies, and who may be marginally housed or homeless.
  • Extensive knowledge of social issues including poverty, isolation, trauma, addiction, colonialism and the impacts of marginalization on community members, preferably within an urban context.
  • Demonstrated competency in the management of a community based organization; including human resource management, financial management, administration management and program management.
  • Demonstrated competency in community development and engagement as well as social and recreational programming and evaluation to support full community participation.
  • Knowledge of administrative and employee relations practices, including coaching and mentoring skills, performance and attendance management, and corrective discipline and grievance processes
  • Demonstrated ability to convene, facilitate and network to build consensus and resolve conflicts with community stakeholders to encourage a beneficial resolution.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to create innovative solutions that have an impact on outcomes for City of Vancouver priorities as they relate to vulnerable citizens and the low income community.


Minimum Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in Social Work, education, business administration, public administration or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the social services sector in progressively senior roles, including at least five years’ experience in senior administration of a non-profit or public organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Other Requirements:

  • A clear vulnerable police record check is a requirement of the position.
  • A credit check is a requirement of the position.



Business Unit/Department: Arts, Culture and Community Services (1200) 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Application Close:  July 12, 2020


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