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Vice President, External

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Position Information

Position Title Vice President, External
Who We Are
At BCIT, putting people at the core of everything we do is paramount. This idea is the foundation of BCIT’s People Vision, which describes the Institute’s goals and priorities in respect to our people. In a complex and uncertain world, it’s vital our people feel valued, supported and connected. BCIT champions a culture of innovation and global progress through people’s imagination and creativity. With a competitive compensation package, great work-life balance, and career advancement opportunities, see why we’ve earned the title of one of BC’s Top Employers for over ten years running.
Position Summary
BCIT is seeking a regular, full-time (1.0 FTE) Vice President, External. This position performs an executive leadership role with Institute-wide influence, reporting to the President, and participates as a member of the Senior Executive Team. Acts as a champion of the Institute’s long term vision, mission and values, and a key leader of change, innovation and progress. Provides executive leadership to a broad portfolio of diverse departments and functions that support and enhance BCIT’s profile locally, nationally and globally. Expands relationships with elected officials, policy makers, industry leaders, donors and other influencers. Serves as the strategic link between government agencies, President, relevant Board Committees and other internal leaders, cultivating collaborative relationships and beneficial partnerships.

To explore this opportunity further, and to submit an application, please apply directly with our recruitment partner: Boyden.
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Performs an executive leadership role with Institute-wide influence as a member of the Senior Team. Shares accountability for broad strategic planning and achievement of the Institute’s success. Acts as a champion of the Institute’s vision, mission and values.
  • Provides strategic leadership to a broad portfolio of diverse departments and functions, including government relations, community engagement, alumni relations, advancement, marketing and communications. Oversees development of strategic and operational plans, policies, standards, systems and processes, while ensuring alignment and integration within the portfolio and across the Institute.
  • Leads reporting departments and functions in implementing transformational change and innovation through initiatives aimed at supporting the Institute’s highest priorities. Establishes and monitors targets and measures, directing adjustments to ensure achievement of planned success.
  • Provides executive advice and consultation to the President, Senior Team, BCIT Foundation Board and the Board of Governors and its sub-committees on a broad range of government relations, media relations, crisis communications, partner engagement, alumni relations and fundraising matters.
  • Leads BCIT’s overall engagement with government and participates in public policy discussions to position the Institute as a key partner, in consultation with the President. Works directly with government agencies, elected officials, community partners and business organizations, cultivating collaborative relationships and beneficial partnerships.
  • Provides executive oversight of Indigenous initiatives and builds and leverages partnerships that enhance indigenous programs and services. Ensures the Institute is responsive to issues, trends, and developments within the Indigenous communities.
  • Functions as BCIT’s key spokesperson on media relations and crisis communications matters and oversees the development and delivery of external communication strategies. Acts as an advisor on significant changes to Institute image, messages, or policy. Oversees development and implementation of a cohesive media plan for the Institute.
  • Provides strategic direction and vision to the Institute’s brand and marketing plan, with a focus on supporting BCIT’s enrolment management plan. Positions BCIT as a leader in post-secondary education and advocates for the Institute with thought leaders and policy makers in academia, regulatory bodies and relevant national organizations.
  • Provides strategic leadership to the Advancement office supporting the President in the role of Chief Fundraising Officer, and cultivates and solicits top, transformational donors to meet the Institute’s engagement and fundraising targets. Ensures that project targets are set and met or exceeded for revenue generating activities within the portfolio, including fundraising, sponsorship, volunteer engagement.
  • Ensures all reporting areas are positioned to identify and mitigate risks. Takes executive action on the most critical problems and decisions across the portfolio, including those with Institute-wide impact. Oversees compliance with policies and regulatory requirements in all reporting areas.
  • Provides broad direction, coaching, development and performance management for reporting department and functional leaders, and also oversees the division to ensure adherence to best practice in people management.

Please review our recruitment partner website: Boyden for more information and to submit an application.

  • Master’s degree in a related discipline.
  • 10 plus years of experience at the senior strategic level, including external relations and partnership development in a large complex organization.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Excellent strategic leadership skills with ability to provide long-term vision, strategy, governance, and oversight to fundraising and partner relationship in a complex, unionized organization.
  • Expert interpersonal and communication skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels to establish collaborative and sustainable relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Expert skills in leading others, with ability to direct, coach, develop and manage performance of reporting leaders, and to influence others at all levels across the Institute.
  • Excellent knowledge of the concepts, theories, and industry best practices in engagement, fundraising and related financial controls and reporting.
  • Excellent ability to persuade, effectively advocate, and display sound political judgment, and creatively strategizing with acute awareness of daily government activities.
  • Demonstrated record with successful government and media relations, community and industry partnerships and a strong understanding of importance of promoting the best student experience.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of best practices in Board governance including legal, operational, and ethical roles and responsibilities of boards, officers, and associated committees; compliance to BC Societies Act.
  • Sound understanding of the relationships between the post-secondary sector and government and the requirements to build and sustain those relationships.

Please review our recruitment partner website: Boyden for more information and to submit an application.
Additional Information
Benefits – Why you’d love working with us

  • Competitive pay
  • Minimum of twenty-five days of vacation
  • Competitive employer-paid extended health and dental plan – take a look at our benefit plans!
  • Defined benefitpension plan with employer contributions
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements available
  • Professional Development funds and resources
  • Access to most BCIT Flexible Learningcourses free of charge
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance programs
  • Complimentary membership with free access to the Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and more

BCIT values diverse experiences, ideas, cultures and perspectives and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity. If you require accessibility accommodations during any part of the application or hiring process, please contact so we can best support you. Please note that all applications must be submitted via the careers page portal, email applications will not be accepted.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).
Position Details

Posting Category Management
Salary Range Salary Range: $212,966 - $306,139, with a control point of $266,208 per annum.
Additional Salary Information
The Compensation Range is the span between the minimum and the maximum base salary for a position. The control point of the range represents an employee that possesses full job knowledge, qualifications, and experience for the position.In the normal course, employees will be hired, transferred, or promoted between the minimum and the control point of the salary range for a job, taking internal equity into account.Salaries above the control point may be considered for extenuating circumstances and must be approved by an external governing body.
School/Service Area Executive Offices/VP Offices
Campus Location Burnaby campus
Bargaining Unit Management
Job Status Regular
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Start Date
Anticipated End Date
Competition Information

Competition Number 23M110
Competition Open Date 10/19/2023
Competition Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Supplemental Questions

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  1. What is your salary range expectation?

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  2. How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
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  3. What is the highest level of education attained?
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    • Associates Degree
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  4. All positions at BCIT require on campus presence at the applicable campus location(s). This means the successful candidate must be able to and willing to relocate to the Lower Mainland. Please select from the following that best describes your situation:
    • I currently reside in the Lower Mainland
    • I do not currently reside in the Lower Mainland, however I am willing and able to relocate if found to be the successful candidate
    • I do not currently reside in the Lower Mainland and I am unwilling to relocate

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents