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Junior Achievement of BC
President & CEO

Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 38,000 BC students benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

An exceptionally multi-dimensional opportunity exists to lead one of BC’s premier organizations. The President & CEO of JABC will be an inspirational and dynamic individual who is passionate about the intrinsic value of entrepreneurship and business education for youth.

The President & CEO will champion the mission, vision and values of JABC with a view to ensuring JABC builds educational program delivery capacity across the province. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will provide leadership and direction on all aspects of JABC’s activities, including day to day operations, strategic visioning, staffing, and a large number of volunteers. The President & CEO will have a strong focus on community, major donors, funders and supporters, JA Canada stakeholders and the general public. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Board to execute on the annual Laureates Gala which is a high-profile celebration of BC’s business leaders.

This individual must be a well-respected leader and a passionate advocate for business education and advancing entrepreneurism and innovation in youth for the benefit of the province’s future economy. An ability to understand and remain current on program delivery best-practices is essential. He/she will be highly collaborative with the ability to successfully champion the cause at all levels, including provincially and federally. A gifted relationship builder and communicator, the new President & CEO will bring a successful track record in creating innovative fund development initiatives that have resulted in increased value and revenue for an organization. The President & CEO will place integrity and ethics above all else and will be an engaging presence when dealing with students, staff, Board members, donors, stakeholders and the community as a whole.

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