Position: Executive Director
Organization: Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)
Location: Vancouver, BC
Are you a leader passionate about active, sustainable transportation? Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) is currently seeking a full-time Executive Director. This role is an opportunity to play a significant role in the region’s transportation policy and initiatives.
The Executive Director is the senior strategic and administrative leader of BEST. They represent BEST at various levels in Metro Vancouver, working with senior municipal representatives and social organizations/enterprises to further BEST’s mission.
If you excel at strategic planning, policy development, relationship building, and organizational leadership we want to hear from you.
BEST has been promoting sustainable transportation in the Lower Mainland of BC since 1991. Formed by a group of dedicated cyclists, BEST opened Vancouver’s first do-it-yourself bike store (Our Community Bikes) and coordinated Ride for the Environment events during National Environment Week at a time when bicycling was still a fringe transportation mode. In 1994 BEST adopted a more inclusive mandate to promote all forms of sustainable transportation, including walking and public transit.
More recently, BEST has focused on building viable social enterprises offering services that encourage and enable sustainable modes of transportation. These programs include STAR (Seniors Transportation Access Resources); Living Streets, a unique model of engaging recent immigrants to affect change to the pedestrian experience in their neighbourhood; and The Bicycle Valet, free and safe bicycle parking for events. From 2016-2020, BEST joined up with Parkbus BC to support access to BC Provincial Parks without the need for a car. BEST is also currently developing and supporting emerging initiatives that are in early stages.
Through sustainable transportation, we build vibrant, inclusive communities.
To activate better transportation options through initiatives, collaboration and leadership.
The Executive Director supervises all staff members, and supports staff in managing BEST volunteers and casual team members.
BEST strives to be an inclusive, democratic workplace. The Executive Director’s role is often more to answer questions and advise staff when requested than dictating tasks. Many decisions are made collectively or by the person who has the most experience with a particular issue. This will depend on the knowledge of staff and the development level of each program.
The BEST Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors at their monthly meetings and on an ad hoc basis as required.
The BEST office is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown at the Sun Wah Centre, operated by BC Artscape project. The Sun Wah Centre is a collaborative environment and includes flex space for meetings and shared kitchen facilities.
BEST offers a flexible workspace for all staff including the opportunity to work remotely, and set alternative schedules. The Executive Director may need to be regularly present in the office to support on-site staff. The Executive Director is expected to accommodate external and internal meetings, including meetings on evenings and weekends, with time in lieu for hours over the standard 35 hours per week.
Expected start date is September 2021 and negotiable. The intention is to have the start date of the new Executive Director to overlap with the current General Manager to ensure adequate knowledge transfer between leaders and other staff.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Aug 26 2021 ID: 61141