Job Posting

Executive Director


Semiahmoo Arts Society


Feb. 15, 2019 (or until filled)


As a community arts council, we believe the arts, in all its disciplines, are the core to a community’s heart. We recognize the importance of the contributions of artists and creators to our community and strive to foster excellence through community outreach and volunteerism. We are a not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization that represents the interests of the arts community within the Semiahmoo Peninsula including White Rock and South Surrey.


The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the Arts Council, working closely with, and reporting to, the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations and policies in addition to supervising a professional staff of four.

Hours: This is a salaried position with no set hours. It is anticipated to require 30 hours per week, with flexibility for some weekend and evening work.

Starting Date: Immediate


Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Strategic Planning – develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board.
  • Program Development and Management – in partnership with staff and Board, develops, implements and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission and Strategic Plan and that meet the needs of the community.
  • Marketing and Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management – together with the Board, develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds, consistent with the organization’s accounting system.
  • Staff Leadership and Management –hires, supports, supervises and evaluates staff–actively develops the skills and leadership abilities of the staff, creating a dynamic, creative, consultative, team atmosphere; coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers and partner organizations.
  • Community Relations – develops effective working relationships within the community (both within the arts community and elsewhere) to ensure that the arts are represented.
  • Advocacy – serves as the chief spokesperson for the Arts Council in the community; articulates and communicates the value of the arts in improving our quality of life, and promotes community support of the arts and the Arts Council.
  • Conducts all business at the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.


  • Three to five years management experience preferably in a nonprofit organization, with significant experience in the arts or a related area; prior experience as President or Executive Director is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the local arts community is an asset
  • Proven record as a successful fundraiser.
  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to positively motivate, partner with, and develop staff, board, and volunteers and build consensus.
  • Visionary and innovative thinker with flexible and creative thinking.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community, local governments of Surrey and White Rock, the Board of Directors and staff.


Procedure for Applying: Qualified candidates should email a current resume, together with a cover letter to Laurel Tien, Board President, at No phone calls please. We thank all applicants. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Compensation: Salary range, $45,000-55,000, commensurate with experience.