Job Posting: Vancouver Maritime Museum Society Executive Director


The Vancouver Maritime Museum Society (VMMS) and the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) celebrate the profound significance of the oceans and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic, through the preservation and growth of an extraordinary collection, and by acting as a centre for dialogue, research and experience.

The centerpiece of the Museum is the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was the first ship to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage. The museum also has extensive galleries of maritime art and artifacts, model ships, and a large library and archives.  The Museum is affiliated with CMA, CHIN, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The VMMS (a registered non-profit since 1959) is seeking an Executive Director with the skills, experience and passion to lead the daily operations of the Museum and to further its Vision and Mandate.

The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to the Board of Directors (Executive Committee) and provides strategic leadership and active support to the staff, Board, and community in the administration and operations of the VMM.  The ED is responsible for the development and implementation of a formal business plan which supports the strategic vision of the VMMS, the execution of this plan, and associated reporting functions back to the VMMS Board of Directors.  The ED exercises fiscal responsibility, stewardship, and comptrollership of the VMM and ensures that the VMMS Board of Directors has thorough, accurate and timely financial information as well as metrics and statistics that measure key performance indicators (KPI’s).  The ED’s office oversees the recruitment, hiring and training of qualified staff and volunteers, establishes and maintains professional Human Resource practices and ensures that the VMM is a harassment free workplace.

The ED will build and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, supporters, the community and industry stakeholders.  As the face of the VMM, the ED actively promotes the organization’s curatorial resources, programs, facilities, activities, interest, fundraising efforts and development. The ED is expected to deliver lectures and presentations in person as well as on various media and IT platforms.

Reporting Relationships:

The following positions report directly to the Executive Director:

  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Administration & Finance
  • Director of Programs
  • Director of Marketing
  • Curator/Collections Manager
  • Director of Development

Academic Qualifications

Post Graduate Degree (Masters or PHD) in a relevant field of study, including but not limited to History, Sociology, Archaeology, and Museum Studies.

A full job description can be found at the VMM website:

Candidates that possess the fundamental skills, experience, passion and education required to be successful in this role are invited to provide a cover letter and resumé for consideration in confidence to our recruitment consultant, Michael O’Brien – – 604.760.7649

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

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