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Job Posting: Managing Director
Job Type: Full Time at $27/hr plus benefits

Closing date:  December 8, 2020

Job Description
The Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative (SRO-C), seeks a Managing Director with a strong financial management, fundraising, and administrative background. The Managing Director will be responsible for managing cash flow, grant writing plus the tracking and completion of the organization’s budgets and grant reporting. 

The ideal candidate has knowledge of housing policy, is passionate and knowledgeable about advocating for housing justice, and the health and wellbeing for the most vulnerable residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).

The Managing Director is supervised by the SRO-Cs Executive Director, Wendy Pedersen. One office administrator will be directly supervised by the Managing Director.  This position will be reviewed in six months and may evolve into a direct reporting relationship with the Board of Directors.

About the SRO-C

The DTES SRO Collaborative was established in 2017 to organize with SRO tenants in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Chinatown. Our mission is to promote the wellbeing of tenants living in SROs on the unceded territory of the Musqueam Tsleil-waututh and Squamish First Nations. The SRO-C works to put SRO tenants front and center in the housing and public health movements, with the goal of inspiring, educating, and transforming our community in positive ways. This includes looking to improve habitability, safety, and housing security in single room occupancy hotels. Tenant Overdose Response Organizers (TORO) was our first tenant organizing project and has been supported by Vancouver Coastal Health for the last four years.

Grants Management and Fundraising (50% of time)

  • Leads grant writing, development of budgets, and reporting.  
  • Supports Organizing Directors to develop and maintain solid data management, budgets and embed reporting tools into day to day operations.
  • Leads expansion of organizational donors and sponsorships. 

Financial Management and Budgeting (20% of time)

  • Works with Bookkeeper and Administrative Director to develop and track annual operating budgets and to develop project budgets with high accuracy of cash flow projection and work with program Directors to stay on budget.
  • Works closely with the bookkeeper to establish systems for accurate and timely financial reporting; prepare and present to the Board quarterly financial reports including budget to actuals with variance analysis.
  • Supervises Admin Director in developing and maintaining all office and operational systems related to finance and administration.

Communications and Outreach (10% of time)

  • Lead communications, outreach, and PR strategy and implementation, delegating management and implementation wherever appropriate.
  • Supervise management of all communications channels including social media, website, fundraising platforms, and newsletters.

Human Resources and Staff Development (10% of time)

  • Work with the E.D. to implement Human Resources systems and develop new Human Resources systems with a Labour Justice perspective.
  • With the E.D. and administrative support of the Administrative Director, recruit, hire and train staff, maintain and review contracts, and complete annual performance reviews
  • Supports the staff and organization in ongoing Indigenization practices and restorative conflict resolution practices. 

Strategic Planning and Board Development (10% of time)

  • Assists the E.D. and Board to articulate and implement the 2020-2021 strategic plan with clarity to staff, board, tenants and partners. Assists in drafting the 2021-2022 plan.  
  • Assists with Board recruitment and support.

Required Experience

  • Experience in financial reporting including preparing operating budgets and preparing accurate reports and analysis to the Board and funders.
  • Grant writing, reporting and fundraising.
  • Familiarity with local, provincial and federal funding bodies.
  • Knowledge or previous experience with not-for-profit organizations, CRA and BC Society regulations.
  • Knowledge of standard accounting procedures and practices.

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of advocacy, housing and health policy as it applies to Vancouver’s DTES.
  • Experience working in DTES communities.
  • Experience working with the City of Vancouver or other government bodies.


The selected candidate will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills who can prioritize and delegate tasks to deliver desired outcomes in a timely manner. They will be able to effectively manage multiple and at times conflicting priorities. They will be able to create and lead a vibrant team environment with staff, community members, the Board, and other stakeholders to achieve organizational objectives.

The candidate must be comfortable working with staff and community members with lived experiences of drug use and poverty. They must be committed to anti-racist and decolonial approaches to their own work and to the creation of community.

Compensation and Benefits:

SRO-C is committed to an equitable workplace where all staff are compensated fairly and all senior staff receive identical or very similar compensation. 

Starting wage for this position is $27/hour with excellent paid time off and benefits ($75 per month cell phone cash benefit, $50 per month internet cash benefit, extended benefits coverage for employee and family). Increased compensation may be possible over time. Applicants for whom this wage is a barrier but who are excited about the position are encouraged to submit an application and share their salary requirements, with an understanding that organizational resources are currently limited.

Paid time off includes approximately 6 weeks paid vacation, to be taken during annual office closures (the entire month of August and from Christmas Eve through New Years Day). Employees also receive 5 additional days per year of “flex time” (to be taken off for personal reasons no more than one day at a time). Generous paid sick leave and all BC statutory holidays. While this is a full-time permanent position exempt from overtime pay, when organizational operations allow, time off in lieu can be taken for overtime work.


Please send a cover letter and resume combined in a single PDF document to:
We will send you a copy of SRO-C’s Constitution.

We appreciate the time and effort all candidates place in applying for this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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