Meetings take place in Burnaby, BC, with participation by phone. Events are primarily in the Lower Mainland.
The position is open until filled, with openings on an ongoing basis. Applications may be retained for the next available opening.
The Foundation was chartered in 1994 to fund, facilitate, promote, and carry out activities and programs for the promotion of education in engineering and geoscience through scholarships and bursaries. The Foundation is responsible for soliciting, collecting, mobilizing, and prudently managing and investing contributions, donations and bequests from members and other external donors and partners to fund the granting of awards, scholarships, and/or bursaries.
The Foundation is administered by a Board of Directors and operates at arm’s length from the association. The Foundation is governed by its own Constitution and Bylaws, and its overarching legislation is the Societies Act of British Columbia.
A person must be a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC in good standing in order to be eligible to serve as a Director.
The term of office for a director will normally be three years. A director may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Foundation Directors should have experience in the following areas:
Although the Directors are assisted by professional expertise with respect to financial matters, Directors should have experience on financial matters with respect to cash flow, understanding financial statements, budgeting, accounting, financial planning, and investing.
Directors should have experience with long-term strategic planning and be able to contribute usefully to discussions on the future development and strategic directions of the Foundation.
Experience with major gift fundraising is beneficial, but not mandatory. This may relate to marketing skills (attained in other contexts), providing advice on fundraising strategies and approaches, reviewing related materials, and being available for individual solicitations and meetings — but not particularly to organizing fundraising events (such as telethons) intended for more minor individual gifts.
Experience working with students is beneficial, but not mandatory. This may relate to student education or contact with student organizations. Knowledge of student issues and funding needs is a distinct advantage.
It is expected that Directors be committed to the Foundation and its strategic plan, have leadership experience, and knowledge of governance, legal affairs, and promotion and publicity.
Foundation Directors should have the ability, desire, and commitment to dedicate time to the Foundation, and should expect a minimum time commitment of 20 hours of meetings (including preparation time) per year, as well as an additional ten hours of volunteer effort. This time commitment may increase for special projects as required. Members who are unable to attend in person have the option of teleconferencing.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that values and respects diversity, both within our organization and in our larger community.