Manager, Economic Development

Twelve-month fixed-term (maternity leave coverage), full-time, based in Vancouver  

Are you passionate about community economic development?  Do you have experience related to small business and capital projects?  Are you eager to support First Nations’ entrepreneurial efforts that strengthen community well-being?

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and work on First Nations’ inspiring economic development initiatives across BC’s coast. The successful candidate will commence in this role by mid-to-late June working in a full-time capacity under a twelvemonth, fixed-term contract (maternity leave).   

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager, Economic Development will work closely with First Nations to manage the ongoing administration of Coast Funds’ investments into First Nations’ business development and economic infrastructure projects in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.  This includes advising on the development of business plans; mentoring applicants; performing due diligence on proposals, progress, and final reports; and administering funding contracts for approximately $4 million in projects annually.  

Coast Funds is a globally recognized model of conservation financing that invests to strengthen well-being in First Nations communities and the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Founded with $118 million in 2007, Coast Funds is a partnership of private foundations and government. Currently, Coast Funds has approved over $78 million towards 337 economic development and conservation projects in the region. Learn more:  

As a key member of a small and highly collaborative team, this position will work closely with First Nations leaders, their technical staff, and project partners to develop successful business plans, pro forma financial statements, and capital plans. As Manager, Economic Development, the successful candidate will:
  • Provide guidance to First Nations regarding the economic development fund application process including soliciting and reviewing project concepts.
  • Conduct and manage the due diligence process for all applications, including assessing the application on its eligibility and probability of success, advising First Nations on their development of pro forma financial planning and capital budgeting, and providing recommendations to the Executive Director and Coast Funds’ Board to inform funding decisions.
  • Provide guidance to and oversight of the Executive Administrator for all aspects of administrative support to the Project Review Committee, including meeting agendas, minutes, and the data integrity of project and contact records.
  • Work collaboratively with First Nations, with the support of the Executive Administrator, on their progress and final reports, ensuring compliance with approved project work plans and funding agreements to disburse funding and complete projects in a timely manner. 
  • In coordination with the Director, Finance, review financial reporting for conservation projects and provide oversight of the Executive Administrator for correspondence with First Nations regarding their progress and final reports for conservation projects.  
  • Compile project outcome reports and infographics for Coast Funds’ website and annual report (i.e. total approved funding, projected outcomes highlights, aggregated community well-being outcomes since inception) for both the economic development and the conservation fund once per year.  
  • Ensure appropriate stewardship of confidential and sensitive information.
  • Working in partnership with the Executive Director and colleagues, maintain collaborative relationships with all First Nations whose territories encompass the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

  • 3+ years of related experience, preferably developing business plans, lending, or grant making. 
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (preferably business or economics). 
  • Experience developing business plans, including pro forma financial statements and capital budgets.
  • Experience working with First Nations or other Indigenous communities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to relay technical information in plain language.
  • Highly collaborative work style with a focus on teamwork and creating win-win outcomes for communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with First Nations business representatives.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills.

Preferred, but not required:
  • Experience working within a dynamic non-profit, First Nations, or local government organization.
  • Experience working with customer relationship management software such as Salesforce.
  • Familiarity with the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

Our competitive benefits package includes a flexible health and dental plan, RRSP contribution, committed colleagues, a culture of innovation, and the sense of accomplishment that comes contributing to a small team that’s working hard to make a difference in BC’s coastal communities.

How to Apply:  
If you have the experience, drive, and leadership to thrive in this position please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter in strict confidence to Coast Funds at, noting “Manager, Economic Development Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until May 25, 2018, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  

In your cover letter, please include your responses to the following questions:

1. What interests you most about this position? How did you hear about it?
2. Why are you looking for a change?  
3. Briefly tell us how your skills and experiences are a good fit for the opportunity.
4. We have a budget range for this position, dependent on experience, that is competitive for the non-profit sector; to ensure a mutual best fit, please advise us of your minimum salary expectations. 

Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Economic Development
Posted: April 25, 2018, 12:23 pm
Expires: May 25, 2018, 4:30 pm