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BCBH Executive Director

Are you passionate about supporting the bereaved throughout British Columbia? Do you value compassion, integrity and inclusivity? Are you interested in working with a small and mighty organization and taking it to its next level? Then consider joining BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) in its senior leadership position as Executive Director.


BCBH is a well-established non-profit provincial leader with a commitment to facilitate the provision of care and support to the bereaved, caregivers and service providers and to increase public understanding of grief as a life process through education, support, advocacy, networking and dissemination of information.


Reporting to the President of the Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for leading a small dynamic team to provide peer-led, low barrier grief support programs for the bereaved, their caregivers, family members or friends. BCBH has the province’s only free, grief-specific Helpline. And, due to its innovative BC Victims of Homicide program, BCBH has become an expert in providing education and training for traumatic loss support. This position represents an opportunity to continue the inspiring work started over 30 years ago to help increase community capacity for grief support as well as meet the growing needs that have evolved from the Covid-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis, and extenuating mental health challenges that many in BC are experiencing.


The successful applicant has:

  • A passion for helping the bereaved.
  • Proven, strong organizational, operational and administration skills.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills including those necessary for grant proposals and other fundraising endeavours as well as for public-facing activities.
  • Understanding of non-profit organizations, governance and working with Boards of Directors.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Strategic Planning.
  • Aptitude for, and demonstrated success in, financial management and operational oversight.
  • Interest and ability to work independently and with others (a small staff group and volunteers that include the Board of Directors)
  • 3-5 years non-profit management experience with a preference for Executive Director experience.
  • Proven track-record managing, supporting and coaching staff and/or volunteers.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent career experience.
  • Business level competency with computers, software, and multimedia.
  • Must pass a criminal record check due to work with vulnerable citizens. 


       Total compensation is $65,000 - $70,000 depending on experience.

       Health benefits can be negotiated as part of the total compensation package.

       Generous vacation package, sick leave and bereavement leave.


 Click Executive Director Job Description for a more detailed job description and instructions for application.


Application deadline is December 2, 2022.


See more about the BC Bereavement Helpline at www.bcbh.ca.


Equity and Diversity: The BC Bereavement Helpline is committed to equity. We seek qualified applications not limited to but including underrepresented groups who are persons of colour, Indigenous, trans and gender variant persons, older adults and persons with disabilities. BCBH is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming, and unbiased employer and service provider. Further, we are encouraging members of all communities to apply for this position. 


Volunteer on the Helpline

Bereavement Support is an Essential Service ™ and we are continually looking for dedicated volunteers to work with our team. Volunteers assist us with the following important tasks:

• Answering the Helpline and providing compassionate listening or referrals for bereaved callers
•  Assistance with event coordination (attendance at conference booths, marketing and promotion, logistics and planning)
• Social media updates on Facebook and Twitter
• Assistance with support group and training program coordination (communications, marketing and promotion, logistics and planning)
• Administrative duties, and more!

•(Preferred, but not required) An interest in grant writing, or grant writing experience 

Volunteers are trained on the history of BCBH, the key elements of grief and mourning, and varying theories regarding grief and loss, plus training on compassionate listening and referral making. Volunteer trainings are free of cost and are scheduled regularly throughout the year and according to demand.

Volunteer shifts are four hours long from 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Shift schedules are coordinated based on available time slots and what works best with the volunteer’s schedule. Please note that a minimum of a 6-month commitment is requested. Volunteer activities take place at our office in Downtown Vancouver.

If you are interested in volunteering for BCBH, please download the following application, save it to your computer, fill it out and email to contact@bcbh.ca.

Practicum Students

BCBH regularly works with and places practicum students. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are severely limited with in-office space. However, if there are remote practicum positions, please email us at contact@bcbh.ca.

Become a Board Member

Help move BCBH into the next 30 years and apply to become a board member. We are seeking volunteers or professionals who have a link to those coping with grief and loss, event or fundraising experience. Board terms are 3 years. Please email the Executive Director at jessica.lowe@bcbh.ca