Director, Government Relations & Sector Development

Website Vantage Point

Transforming not-for-profit organizations

Job Summary

The Director of Government Relations and Sector Development is a key leadership position at Vantage Point and for the province.  This role provides strategic direction on Vantage Point’s mission to build the capacity of the not-for-profit sector in BC through membership engagement, sector development, and government relations. By engaging Vantage Point members in important discussions of mutual interest, the Director of Government Relations and Sector Development will help frame Vantage Point’s advocacy work, including submissions to government in support of a positive policy environment for the sector. Key competencies include high level facilitation skills, partnership development, people engagement, and systems thinking.

The role is responsible for managing other team members in membership, government relations, and provincial outreach. They work very closely with the Executive Director in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic goals in this area of work.  The successful candidate will build strong, collaborative partnerships with funders, government, umbrella organizations, and other leaders and advocates of BC’s charitable and not-for-profit sector.

Organizational Overview

At Vantage Point, we uplift not-for-profit organizations by convening, connecting, and equipping leaders to enhance organizational capacity.  We support the sector by:

·       growing as a living laboratory that practices a spirit of abundance,

·       curating tools and promising practices that can benefit not-for-profits; and,

·       convening community conversations in support of sector capacity.

We focus on strengths and create opportunities to lift the capacity of our members, participants, and clients to be successful in their vision and mission and build networks of generative leaders to support the well-being of communities across the province.

Commitment to JEDI (Justice, Equity, Decolonization, and Inclusion)

Vantage Point is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive team. One of our current strategic goals is to develop and model meaningful justice, equity, decolonization, and inclusion practices. Individuals with life experience and knowledge of promising practices in JEDI are encouraged to apply. Vantage Point is particularly interested in considering applications from Indigenous, Black, Asian, Latinx, people in the LGBTQ2S+ community, people with disabilities, or members of an underrepresented community to reflect the organizations we serve and their communities.


Work Performed

Advocacy & Government Relations

  • Develop, implement, and regularly assess a government relations strategy, aligned with Vantage Point’s theory of change, to deepen and establish relationships with local, regional, and provincial levels of government
  • Work with members and sector partners to build a positive policy environment for charities and not-for-profits in BC
  • Represent Vantage Point as a lobbyist and advocate for systems change with key government representatives and funders
  • Identify and lead sector development research initiatives to better understand the current situation and needs of our sector and assure these initiatives inform both our advocacy as well as our education and consulting work
  • Work with experts, skilled volunteers, and members to identify opportunities for positive change
  • Provide support for funders to pilot or implement capacity-building and infrastructure investment in BC’s not-for-profit sector
  • Develop, draft, and speak publicly on policy, regulatory, and other needs of the not-for-profit sector in BC

Membership Development

  • Lead the expansion of Vantage Point services and membership throughout the province to ensure diverse and representative Vantage Point membership, to strengthen Vantage Point’s advocacy efforts
  • Identify and engage not-for-profits throughout BC in Vantage Point programs, services, and activities through proactive research, community outreach, and relationship-building
  • Provide strategic leadership in planning and running membership campaigns
  • Lead the strategy, development, and assessment of the Peer Networks on topics of relevance to the Sector (currently Re-Imagining Governance, Sector Narrative, and JEDI)
  • Harness the thought leadership from Peer Networks and other member engagement activities to identify priorities for education and consulting work
  • Work with the whole team to ensure Vantage Point membership opportunities and benefits are effectively communicated to the organization’s community of clients, Knowledge Philanthropists (or KPs, aka skilled volunteers), board members, and workshop participants


Strategic Relationship Development

  • Deepen relationships with provincial organizations from various sub-sectors including health care, housing, sports, arts and culture, and professional associations
  • Initiate and deepen relationships with regional funding bodies and other funders to invest in not-for-profit capacity
  • Identify and support effective framing of capacity-building and sector development projects that will lead to funding opportunities for Vantage Point
  • Work with key stakeholders and partners throughout BC to build collaborative projects that will benefit the capacity of the sector to achieve its collective potential
  • Participate in and/or lead organization-wide events, such as the BOSS conference, to raise Vantage Point’s profile and/or leverage the work in government relations and sector development
  • Represent Vantage Point, its mission and vision, with professionalism and commitment


Consulting and Facilitation

  • Act as lead consultant and/or facilitation on education and/or consulting engagements, particularly strategic consulting contracts that help advance the needs of the whole sector such as work with umbrella organizations, piloting innovative approaches to governance and capacity-building, and meeting the needs of BC’s key leaders and stakeholders in the sector
  •  Support research and delivery of new governance models with a diverse range of organizations, including funders, not-for-profits, and governments


Qualifications and Competencies

  • Graduate degree in relevant area such as planning, not-for-profit leadership and/or management, public policy, public administration, or equivalent experience in these areas
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of government relations, law reform and/or political systems in Canada
  • Proven experience successfully leading and managing teams
  • Skill and experience in group facilitation and design of community engagement processes and events
  • Proven experience in building and managing inclusive environments, and applying equity and diversity practices, including decolonization practices
  • Clear communicator with the ability to draft clear and compelling written proposals and present ideas in an interesting and organized manner
  • Strategic thinker with ability to identify and develop new partnership opportunities
  • High aptitude for technology, including Microsoft Office Suite (including PowerPoint) and CRMs (e.g., Salesforce)
  • Personal commitment to ongoing learning and delivering work with excellence
  • Solid organizational skills with a keen eye for detail
  • A highly collaborative work ethic with a commitment to Vantage Point’s  five Organizational Principles  and mutually developed Staff Team Values
  • Certification in project management, facilitation, public speaking, and other relevant competencies an asset


Reports to:         Executive Director, Vantage Point

Supervises:        Membership and Government Relations Coordinator and Sector Development Coordinator

Works with:

  • Sector Development Advisory Committee
  • Associate Executive Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Staff Team


This is a full-time position (35 hours/weekly) with extended health benefits and excellent pension plan (eligibility according to plans) and flexible work weeks. The position is in the Director 1 range according to our People Policies which is $80-120K depending on experience. Vantage Point’s offices are located in downtown Vancouver, with all staff members working virtually through the pandemic. Permanent work location for this position is negotiable.

Applications (resume and cover letter) can be emailed in PDF format to  before end of day Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. Please use the format of “Director of Government Relations and Sector Development-Last Name-First Name” in the subject line of email. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

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