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Position: Executive Director
Organization: Potluck Café Society and Potluck Café and Catering Inc.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

About Potluck

An award winning non-profit social enterprise and registered charity, the mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs with on-the-job training for people facing barriers to traditional employment and improving access to healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).

Potluck was founded in 2001 to help end the cycle of poverty in the Downtown Eastside community and address the needs of its most nutritionally vulnerable residents through solutions that promote employment and nutrition. Potluck works to create an inclusive and healthy neighbourhood through grassroots community economic development.

Potluck Café Society owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering to earn revenue to support our community programs and to provide employment opportunities in the Downtown Eastside. Fundraising, donations and grants comprise the balance of our funding requirements. Potluck is widely regarded as a social enterprise leader in Vancouver and abroad. Learn more about Potluck at and

The Opportunity – Executive Director

We are seeking a driven, innovative and highly entrepreneurial Executive Director to provide strong leadership to our team of over 30 staff, and to take our organization to the next level. As Executive Director, together with an effective management team, you will manage an annual operating budget of $1.3M, split between dedicated resources to sustain and lead Potluck Café Society’s innovative community programs, and the remainder to oversee Potluck Café and Catering Inc.’s business operations.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Bring fresh and entrepreneurial vision and ideas across the organization to increase both business and mission impact
  • Ensure Potluck Café and Catering supports the mandate of the Potluck Café Society
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of Potluck Café Society and management of Potluck Café and Catering
  • Ensure financial sustainability of the organization
  • Ensure mission impact of the organization in both the Society and the Catering business
  • Drive revenue generation, fundraising and fund development
  • Hire, train, and lead staff and volunteers
  • Build strong collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders – employees, board members, partners, funders, and other organizations
  • Act as the primary spokesperson and face of the organization
  • In conjunction with the Board, ensure the integrity of the Society’s charitable mandate and actively participate in strategic and long-term planning for Potluck


  • Hands-on leader with a minimum of 5 to 8 years non-profit or charity leadership experience, preferably in social enterprise
  • Interest in food security, creating employment for people facing barriers, and in the well-being of the existing DTES community
  • Entrepreneurial with social enterprise or community economic development experience (or both) an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all facets of operating businesses and non-profits
  • Demonstrated experience in building community impact programs
  • Post-secondary qualification in business administration or equivalent combination of skills and experience, MBA is an asset
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fund development experience
  • Collaborative with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships
  • Knowledge of community, political and socioeconomic issues, especially those affecting the DTES and Indigenous peoples.

Position: Executive Director

Reporting to: Potluck Café Society Board of Directors

Compensation: $70K to $85K (depending on experience and fit) plus Benefits

To apply: Please email your Cover Letter & Resume to Potluck ED Search Committee at:
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Potluck will continue to recruit for this position until we find a suitable candidate for our organization.

We thank you for your interest. We will acknowledge all applications. Interviews will be conducted during the recruitment period

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GoodWork ID: 42210       Date posted to Aug 11 2017