Chief Executive Officer, BC Adaptive Snowsports


In 1973, two physiotherapists set out to change conventional rehabilitation practices. Influenced by nature’s ability to grow and evolve, Susan Hamilton and Julie Ferguson realized the benefits and potential for healing and connection within the scenic North Shore mountains. Their curiosity and vision led them to starting the Disabled Skiers Association of British Columbia, which is now known as BC Adaptive Snowsports.

A registered charity supporting and promoting adaptive skiing, snowboarding and mountain accessibility, BC Adaptive Snowsports makes it possible for children, youth and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to experience the freedom, excitement and health benefits of the outdoors. From the exhilarating altitudes of the hill to the comfort and coziness of mountain lodges, participants and families are supported through community connection, physical empowerment and even financial assistance.

To support this important work, BCAS has made greats strides over the last several years diversifying its fund development strategies and embarked on an exciting three-year strategic plan cycle with significant growth trends including development and diversification of programs and services.

We are a progressive employer offering comprehensive compensation packages with extended health benefits and opportunities for professional development. We also offer a very flexible work environment with full CEO autonomy through modern and comprehensive delegation of authority and executive limitation policies.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports directly to the board of directors. S/He has a broad scope of responsibility and accountability for all activities at BC Adaptive Snowsports, including annual revenue and expense targets, and achieving annual goals and objectives. The CEO works with board members, employees and volunteers to develop the strategic plan and then ensure its successful implementation.

The BCAS board follows a policy governance/results model. The general focus of the board is on oversight, fund development, strategy and results monitoring rather than operational matters. The board governs through setting of policies that establish organizational goals (ends), governance approaches, and management limitations. The CEO is responsible for carrying out day-to-day operations of the organization, with the assistance of paid staff and/or service volunteers.

As long as the CEO uses reasonable interpretation of the Executive Limitations Policies, the CEO is authorized to establish all policies, make all decisions, take all actions, establish all practices and develop all activities with the full force and authority as if decided by the board.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

This is a high-stress position based on full responsibility for BCAS operations. Handles detailed, complex concepts and problems, balances multiple tasks simultaneously, and makes rapid decisions regarding administrative issues.

Plans and implements programs in collaboration with senior staff. Establishes strong and appropriate relationships with the Board, staff, contractors, donors and wide array of other stakeholders. Develops smooth and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations and individuals.

Plans and meets deadlines. Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management. Hours may be long and irregular.

Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding BCAS and charity, not-for-profit and sport sectors. Demonstrates commitment to continued professional growth and development.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a solid combination of the following experience and competencies:


  • 5+ years as a senior executive, ideally as a CEO or Executive Director.
  • Experience in the field of philanthropy, charity/not-for-profit management and governance, and community relations, ideally supporting individuals with a disability.
  • Demonstrated success in philanthropic fund development and fundraising.
  • A track record of transforming an organization.


As chief executive officer, this individual demonstrates critical competencies in four broad categories – 1) Commitment to Results, 2) Business Acumen, 3) Leading Change, and 4) Motivating.

For more information, to receive the full position prospectus, or to apply in confidence please contact:

Gérard Consulting – Fundraising Talent Management
Phil Gérard, President

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

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