School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)

School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)

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Due to a retirement, School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is inviting applications for the position of Secretary- Treasurer. We are seeking an experienced, dynamic and progressive business leader to take on this important and challenging leadership role. This individual is a creative problem solver and possesses exceptional interpersonal, communication and public relations skills.

The school district serves 10 schools with approximately 1,400 students. Our geographical area covers 22,000 square kilometers on the traditional territory of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The main centres are Port McNeill and Port Hardy. The Secretary-Treasurer, as the Chief Financial Officer, will be responsible for an annual budget of over 22 million dollars. The district offers excellent academic programming that is fully inclusive and respectful to all learners.  We have a unique Board approved Forestry program and our learners are involved in many areas of trade and industry as well as the regular core subject areas.  We are fortunate to live in an area of natural, outstanding beauty and our educators take every opportunity to teach and learn from the land. 

Living in this beautiful part of Vancouver Island, you will find every opportunity to enjoy nature to the fullest. There are activities for every season.  Fishing, kayaking, sailing, whale watching, hiking and biking and many more outdoor activities are available on your doorstep.  We have an airport that connects you to the city of Vancouver in just one hour.  Housing is available in many price ranges and is considered to be extremely affordable.  There are hospitals, doctors and dentists as well as a choice of shops and restaurants.  If you want a more relaxing lifestyle away from the office then this could be the place for you. 

You are a natural relationship builder who knows how to effectively partner with administrators, teachers, support staff, school trustees and the community at large to create and maintain a positive and supportive working environment. Your leadership style is open and transparent, and you are committed to solving problems promptly, professionally and collaboratively.  

As Secretary-Treasurer, you will oversee and provide leadership to the Finance, Facilities, Transportation, Information Technology, and Human Resource Departments, and ensure that established priorities in each department align with the Board’s primary goals and Strategic Plan; develop, maintain and monitor all business functions pertaining to the operation of the organization; address all corporate affairs of the Board; create and maintain all official Board records including board policy, and agendas and minutes for Board meetings, committee meetings and partner group meetings; prepare annual budgets, financial statements and other financial reports as required. We have a small School District senior leadership team and it is imperative that you are able to work in an environment that requires you to take on many different roles.  

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A professional designation in accounting or business management (CPA);
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated success at a senior management level, ideally in a BC Public School District or similar public organization;
  • Exemplary financial planning and management skills;
  • Experience in labour relations in a unionized environment;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with computer technology and computerized financial administration systems;
  • The ability to work as a positive member of a team supporting both the educational and administrative goals of the district;
  • Outstanding, dynamic leadership skills.
  • Experience with provincial legislation compliance requirements;
  • Experience with support of board governance.

Our district offers a competitive salary and generous benefits including a professional development package and relocation allowances. The preferred commencement date for this position will be December 2, 2019.

Qualified applicants are invited to apply in confidence by submitting a detailed resume with supporting documentation and three (3) professional references by: October 4, 2019  

Send your complete application package to:

Carol Robertson
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)
PO Box 90 Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0


The successful applicant will be subject to the terms of the Criminal Records Review Act. Thank you for your interest in this posting.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Organization: School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)
Location: Port Hardy, BC
Region: North and Central Vancouver Island / Sunshine Coast
Professional Category(s): Financial Administration, Corporate Services
Posted: September 11, 2019, 8:31 am
Expires: October 4, 2019, 4:30 pm

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