Shuswap Hospice Society is a non-profit organization seeking an Executive Director. We provide compassionate grief and bereavement services and support to Shuswap residents, and the families, friends and caregivers of those experiencing life altering transitions. With a small core team of employees, Shuswap Hospice Society relies on a team of volunteers to support operations, and a range of programs and services for the clients we serve.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) provides key leadership to the organization by overseeing a team of administrative staff and volunteers, and executing the Society’s strategic plan. This position builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners and the community to build awareness and strengthen financial viability.

Specifically, this position is responsible for:

Strategic Leadership

  • Works collaboratively with the Board to develop, carry out and evaluate strategic objectives, in alignment with the Society’s Purpose.
  • Oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services, to ensure that they; align with strategic goals; meet the needs of Hospice clients and the community; and are sustainable.
  • Builds strong relationships with partners, donors and funders, and builds financial capacity for financial growth.
  • Represents the Society in speaking engagements, public presentations and fundraising activities.

Organizational Leadership

  • Develops and maintains a positive, healthy and safe work environment.
  • Develops a staffing structure and a team of staff and volunteers that will assist the organization with meeting its objectives.
  • Guides, directs and tracks the team in the execution of goals.
  • Maintains performance standards and employee engagement through mentoring, coaching and regular performance appraisals.
  • In collaboration with the team, builds and maintains a strong group of volunteers, ensuring that volunteer skills and expertise are well utilized, and that volunteer engagement is high.

Financial Acumen

  • Develops and executes a comprehensive annual budget for Board approval.
  • Uses sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures to monitor, track and report on the Society’s financial status.
  • Provides monthly financial updates to the Board clarifying revenues and expenditures.
  • Ensures compliance with all legislation covering taxation, payroll and financial reporting.
  • Identifies funding sources, writes proposals, and administers funds to increase the financial stability of the Society.
  • Maintains adequate and appropriate insurance coverage to ensure the safety of Board members, property, material resources, public liability and human resources to support achievement of the Society’s goals.


  • Identifies and participates in community and professional opportunities to represent the Society and build community support through advocacy, public relations, fundraising and networking.
  • Collaborates with community groups, funders, politicians and community organizations to support achievement of the Society’s goals.
  • Seeks opportunities to enhance the Society’s public profile, and continually build a positive presence in the community.


  • Collaboratively leads the development, execution and evaluation of the Society’s fundraising activities.
  • Identifies potential funding sources and opportunities to strengthen funding streams.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate donor records, timely receipting and follow throughs to build effective relationships and demonstrate high standards of donor stewardship.


  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in social, health services, or related area.
  • Experience:
    • 3-5 years in a management capacity in a community health care or non-profit setting; accountable for complex day-to-day operations, including administration, finance, governance, human resources and community relations.
    • 3 years experience leading a team in a professional setting.
    • Strong knowledge of palliative and hospice services, grief and bereavement.
    • *An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


  • Demonstrated success coaching, guiding and developing a team of employees.
  • Demonstrated success advocating for an organization and building relationships with volunteers, partners, funders, and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors and volunteers in a non-profit setting.
  • Strong experience developing, monitoring and evaluating strategic plans and priorities.
  • Strong working knowledge of budget development, reporting and generally accepted bookkeeping principles.
  • Understanding of tax, payroll and financial reporting processes and legislation.
  • Experience developing, leading and overseeing programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn non-violent communication strategies or equivalent.
  • Above average relationship building skills.
  • Proactive approach to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivity and safety.
  • Commitment to continuous quality improvement, demonstrating initiative and interest in finding efficiencies and continually seeking new and better ways of doing things.
  • Models clear boundaries and self care.

This is a full-time, in-office position, Monday through Friday. As a management position, there is a requirement to occasionally work outside of normal working hours to attend meetings, events, and to support fundraising initiatives. The salary range for this position is $55,770 – $64,350.

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