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Job Posting: Executive Director for ACT

Posted October 18, 2016

ACT – Autism Community Training is searching for a new leader to take over the position of Executive Director of this dynamic organization in January 2017. This is a full-time position, based either in Burnaby or Richmond, British Columbia.


The primary purpose of the Executive Director’s role is to ensure that ACT continuously anticipates and responds to the needs of families and professionals to understand the nature and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the provision of quality information and training. The work of the E.D. includes ensuring that the organization’s staff maintains a high degree of expertise, commitment and personal ethics, that the organization is managed in a fiscally responsible manner, that it is represented in the community as having a high degree of expertise and ethical standards and that all community stakeholders are aware of ACT, its services, the issues it is attempting to address and the ways in which it can be of service to them.


  1. Communicating ACT’s vision to the autism community, government and the media
  2. Working with ACT’s Board of Directors to refine and implement strategic and operational goals
  3. Promoting ACT’s role as a leading provider of excellent training in autism-related topics
  4. Leading ACT’s staffing, recruitment & retention strategy
  5. Ensuring ACT’s financial management & and independence through revenue diversification
  6. Supporting the development of ACT as a technologically advanced organization


Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience working in the not-for-profit sector providing services to a special needs group ideal
  • Experience in a leadership role
  • Experience working with government ministries
  • Experience seeking funding sources and raising funds
  • Budgeting experience

Skills & Characteristics

  • A passion for serving families and people with developmental disabilities
  • Ability to work with complex individuals
  • Ability to work with complex bureaucracies
  • Ability to work with diverse groups to develop consensus.
  • Collaborative, patience, diplomacy and respect for differing points of view
  • Ability to motivate and align others to a vision
  • Strong strategic thinking ability

About ACT – Autism Community Training

  • ACT provides non-commercial, evidence-based information and training on ASD to parents and professionals – the most comprehensive community-level autism information service in Canada;
  • ACT’s information and support work is funded by B.C.’s Ministry for Children and Family Development and by individual donors and sponsors;
  • ACT’s services support individuals with autism to live productive, satisfying lives within their communities, ensuring that families and professionals, wherever they live in B.C. have access to:
  • ACT hosted 26 live events in 2015, supported through registration fees and sponsorship;
  • ACT is a registered charity; charitable tax number is #861691236RR0001.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 21, 2016, 4 pm
Please send all resume and covering letter by email: Attention ED Search Committee

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