British Columbia


Programming Director

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver-based community organization that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression sex characteristics (SOGIESC) or HIV+ status. Its vision is for a safe and just world for 2SLGBTQI+ people. Driven by core values of social justice, anti-oppression, human rights, respect, empathy and compassion, Rainbow Refugee seeks to grow its organization as the need for its services continues to expand. Rainbow Refugee’s strategic priorities include promoting systemic change to facilitate refugee protection and settlement, nurturing communities of belonging and amplifying voices of LGBTQI+ refugees in public dialogue and policy making. In support of its mission, Rainbow Refugee seeks a Programming Director who will co-lead the organization along with the Managing Director.

Reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and working closely and collaboratively with the Managing Director in a co-leadership capacity, the Programming Director will play a key role in helping shape the strategic direction of the organization by overseeing the development, delivery, evaluation, and enhancement of the organization’s programs to best meet the mandate of the Society. The Programming Director will also oversee the organization’s communications, partnerships and advocacy efforts which are all informed by its programming. Finally, the Programming Director will play an instrumental role in the Society’s fundraising efforts.

As the ideal candidate, you bring a deep understanding of social justice, anti-oppression, and human rights, and the ability to translate them into practice. You are a seasoned and passionate leader within the non-profit or broader public sector with a minimum of five years experience in a leadership role. You have experience building and overseeing human-centered programs, specifically the deployment of programs, activities and initiatives that target diverse audiences, including SOGIESC and HIV+ communities. You have experience and are comfortable building broad networks, working with volunteers, advocates, and/or community groups as well as politicians and bureaucrats at different levels of government. You have a reputation for tact and diplomacy and are skilled at communicating with diverse audiences. You are highly skilled in government relations, advocacy, and political outreach. You recognize and are skilled at leading strategic communications planning and implementation, developing and stewarding organizational relationships. You possess superior written, oral communication and presentation skills and are ready to step in as part of Rainbow Refugee’s co-leadership team. You possess the following qualifications: post-secondary degree in a relevant field (Social Work, Social Justice & Human Rights Law, Gender, Migration & Sexuality Studies, Applied Human Services) or equivalent; minimum 5- 10 years of experience in roles with progressively increasing responsibilities within the not-for-profit, public service, or human services sector; minimum 5 years of experience building human-centered programs, leading strategic communications planning and community engagement and fund development; extensive knowledge of the refugee, migration, and settlement sector and experience working with the 2SLGBTQI+ civil society sector; superior analytical, research, and report writing skills; confident public speaking and community convening skills; committed to collaborative leadership, mentorship and team development with prior experience in supervising volunteers, staff and contractors. Preference will be given to leadership candidates with knowledge of the charitable sector in British Columbia and understanding of its regulatory framework. As the ideal candidate, you demonstrate the following key competencies and personal attributes which are essential to the role: strategic orientation, effective communication, empathic leadership, collaborative, and cultural humility and agility. The salary range for the Programming Director role is $78,000-$94,000 commensurate with experience.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca or Janet Rose at jrose@kbrs.ca or submit your application online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

Rainbow Refugee welcomes applications from those with a demonstrated commitment to advocating for LGBTQI+ and refugee and newcomer communities using anti-oppressive, social justice and human rights framework. We value the expertise of lived experience of migration and systemic oppressions. We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, People with dis/abilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQI+.

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