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Position: Director, Grants & Community Engagement
Organization: Real Estate Foundation of BC
Location: Vancouver, BC (in-office and remote), some travel (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

Start: January 2021
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Salary Range: $105,000 - $125,000 per year
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) works to advance sustainable land use and real estate practices that contribute to thriving, resilient communities and natural environments across British Columbia. We’re hiring a Director, Grants & Community Engagement to join our team. This is a permanent, full-time position that reports to the CEO.

You’re passionate about contributing to the creation of more equitable, sustainable, and inclusive communities. You’re keen to lead a team that makes grants, connects people and communities, and shares learning. You have credibility and a strong track record working with Indigenous, immigrant, and racialized communities. Your experience includes leading teams, developing grants and community engagement strategies, and working with advisors and community partners in community and philanthropic organizational context. Your glass is half-full, you can see the big picture, connect the details, and read between the lines. You like people, mostly.

As a skilled communicator, the Director represents the Foundation externally through liaisons with non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, professional associations including real estate organizations, and all levels of government. The position requires a high degree of tact, diplomacy, professionalism, and self-direction. Strong interpersonal skills, a high degree of emotional intelligence, an ability to consider and balance diverse viewpoints, and engage in shared decision-making in a constructive, flexible, and positive manner, are essential to the role.

The Director has strong research and analytical skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of individuals. They have excellent organizational skills, take initiative, set priorities, and demonstrate flexibility to take on additional tasks as required. The position requires some travel (eventually), mostly within BC, to meet with grant applicants, visit communities, and attend meetings and conferences.

The Real Estate Foundation of BC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through our work. We encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.

Key Responsibilities


  • Demonstrates consistent commitment to values of equity, environmental sustainability, and social justice through personal and organizational leadership practices.
  • Supervises and supports growth and development of a small team of professional staff and consultants who perform a range of grants and community engagement activities.
  • Works closely with CEO and Director, Strategic Programs & Partnerships to connect grants and community engagement team with Foundation’s strategic and operational planning; align strategic partnerships, projects, and learning agendas; and fulfill financial and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides counsel, feedback, and constructive support to CEO on governance and operational matters.


  • Provides team leadership for developing strategic direction and priorities for an impactful grant program.
  • Develops, refines, and updates grants program interest areas, criteria, guidelines, and priorities, in consultation and collaboration with staff members, REFBC’s Board of Governors, and external partners.
  • Help people and organizations understand funding opportunities and assess fit between their interests and the Foundation’s priorities. Connects with and provides feedback to grant seekers and community partners.
  • Leads preparation and organization of grant recommendations, reports, and presentations to CEO, advisory groups, and the Board. This includes holding a portfolio of grants and maintaining relationships with grantees.
  • Stays informed about emerging issues, relevant research, and initiatives.
  • Oversees administration and delivery of the grants program, including project reports, documentation, funding agreements, correspondence, and other communications related to Board decisions and to the fulfillment of grant terms.
  • Works with Director, Strategic Programs & Partnerships to evaluate the impact and share learning of REFBC’s grants and community engagement program.

Community Engagement

  • Works proactively to ensure Foundation is engaging people and communities from equity-seeking groups, whose voices and experience have been under-represented and/or excluded in land use planning and decision-making.
  • Builds relationships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations.
  • Attends events hosted by grant recipients, funders, partners, collaborators, and other organizations as part of the Foundation’s engagement strategy to build meaningful relationships.
  • Represents the Foundation with external audiences and potential grant applicants.
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to plan and implement community engagement and learning strategies.
  • Participates on relevant committees and collaboratives with other funders, grantees, and decision makers to pursue collective impact and learning opportunities.


  • Works closely with CEO and Communications Manager to inform refresh of the Foundation’s voice and storytelling.
  • Share project outcomes, knowledge building, and opportunities for convening and connecting through storytelling and articulating REFBC’s approach to grantmaking and community engagement.
  • Creates and delivers written and verbal presentations to Board, community agencies, and other relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Experience leading staff and working collaboratively within a high-performing, professional environment.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing the rights of groups that have experienced less representation, voice, and power in land use planning and decision-making that impact their lives, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of colour, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities, and/or ethnic, religious, or linguistic minorities.
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, initiative, follow-through, and good judgment.
    • Understanding of ways in which land use and real estate practices impact resilience and health of communities and natural environments.
    • Experience leading implementation of a grants program.
    • Experience working within non-profit and public good sector, including professional associations, government agencies, Indigenous, philanthropic, and charitable organizations.
  • Experience leading development of policies, procedures, and terms of reference for engagement of staff and volunteers in development and implementation of grantmaking systems and community engagement systems.
  • Capacity to develop strategies, set priorities, and manage workplans for completing tasks in a timely and effective manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high degree of emotional intelligence, ability to consider and balance diverse viewpoints, and engage in shared decision-making in a constructive, flexible, and positive manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Working at REFBC


Our office is located in downtown Vancouver, BC, on the territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Tools we use:

Office 365, SurveyMonkey Apply, Salesforce, Basecamp, Airtable, Zoom.

Salary and benefits:

The salary range for this FTE position is $105-125,000 per year. In addition, REFBC offers a strong set of benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental package, paid vacation, contributions to a group RRSP plan, and access to professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, submit a cover letter and resume (in a single PDF file) to by November 23, 2020. Please start the subject line with “APPLICATION: Director, Grants & Community Engagement”.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Nov 5 2020    Numéro : 57846