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Executive Director
Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)
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PADS supports people with disabilities and community care providers by partnering them with certified assistance dogsWe breed, raise and train fully certified assistance dogs. Our service (mobility & PTSD) and hearing dogs provide life-changing independence to those with disabilities. Our accredited facility dogs work with community professionals, such as teachers, RCMP and psychologists to help support healthy communities. PADS is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).



Reporting to the Board of Directors the Executive Director holds responsibility for providing visionary leadership and strategic direction to advance the mission of PADS. This role encompasses organizational leadership, operational oversight, program management, human resources, financial stewardship, community and government relations, advocacy, and risk management. The Executive Director serves as a prominent representative of PADS in community engagements, fostering relationships with stakeholders, donors, and partners to ensure the organization's continued growth and impact.



  • Collaborate with the Board to establish and execute the organization's vision and strategic plan.
  • Identify, assess, and communicate internal and external factors influencing PADS' operations and mission.
  • Act as a spokesperson, representing PADS at community events to enhance its visibility and support.
  • Provide oversight to a very dedicated senior leadership team.

Operational Planning and Management:

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of PADS' operations, administration, and facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies and regulations, including those set by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
  • Provide general oversight of records management systems and maintain operational excellence to meet stakeholder expectations.

Program Planning and Management:

  • Direct the planning, implementation, and assessment of PADS' programs and services to align with organizational goals.
  • Monitor program delivery to maintain high-quality standards and uphold compliance with ADI standards. ADI Standards Summary

Human Resources Planning and Management:

  • Design and implement effective employee relations practices to foster a culture of collaboration and high performance.
  • Recruit, develop, and lead a skilled team of employees and volunteers to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Establish a safe and positive work environment in compliance with legislation and organizational standards.

Financial Planning and Management:

  • Ensure the financial sustainability of PADS through strategic relationship-building and ethical financial management.
  • Active leadership in fund development, including creation of development plan, donor solicitations, grant applications and fundraising campaigns.
  • Develop and manage annual operating plans and budgets, maintaining fiscal accountability and compliance.

Community Relations/Advocacy:

  • Engage with stakeholders and the public to raise awareness about assistance dogs and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Build and enhance the PADS brand through community partnerships and collaborative agreements.

Risk Management:

  • Develop and oversee risk management policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance and mitigate potential risks.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven effective leadership and team building skills in a non-profit environment including the ability to coach, mentor, guide, support, motivate, inspire and delegate.
  • Demonstrated ability to support and operate within a transparent and collaborative environment.
  • Engage with external stakeholders and the public to advocate for assistance dogs and the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Excellent Board relations and governance skills including demonstrated ability to guide, direct and educate Board members as required.
  • Sound knowledge of the cornerstones of a non-profit environment including fundraising, staff and volunteer development, program development and delivery, marketing and communications and financial management.
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational planning.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a variety of situations including sensitive and emotional circumstances.
  • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and make decisions.
  • Commitment and ability to build a positive and effective organizational culture.
  • Demonstrated a high degree of emotional intelligence including self-awareness, motivation, empathy, integrity, compassion, respect and polished social skills.
  • Polished presentation skills and the ability to serve as a spokesperson and advocate.
  • Forward and strategic thinker and the ability to execute and deliver on strategic objectives in a nonprofit environment.
  • Strong administrative, management and financial oversight skills. 
  • Valid Driver’s License. Ability to travel occasionally within BC, Canada, and the U.S. for business purposes. Potential travel within Canada and abroad for business purposes.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in leadership roles.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field, familiarity with accreditation programs for assistance dog organizations is beneficial.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range: $130,000 to $150,000

Benefits: Health and Benefits Package

Work format: Hybrid

Application deadline: We are accepting rolling applications until the position is filled.

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