Executive Director


Vancouver Bach Choir


Until filled

Organization Description: 

Now in its 85th season, the Vancouver Bach Choir (VBC) provides high quality training and performances of traditional and new choral works for all communities of all ages. With seven choral ensembles, the VBC is one of the largest choral groups in Metro Vancouver and the only organization that provides choral singing and education to over 400 voices from kindergarten to adulthood.

As one of the largest symphonic choirs in Canada, the Vancouver Bach Choir’s adult program explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. Under the baton of Maestro Leslie Dala, the VBC continues its mission and tradition to share the vibrant and culturally diverse beauty of choral music with local, national and international communities. Through its series of concerts presented at the magnificent Orpheum Theatre, the adult choir continues to meet its mandate of commissioning and performing works by Canadian composers, performing with numerous world class musicians and presenting the world’s favourite symphonic choral works.

The Vancouver Bach children’s program is one of the oldest and most established music outreach programs in the lower mainland. Since 1984, the Vancouver Bach children’s program has developed a unique, multi-tiered program that currently provides incredible choral training for over 350 singers from kindergarten to young adulthood. Auditioned from across the lower mainland, our young singers experience the joy of making music in the company of other like-minded young musicians.

Under the direction of music director Marisa Gaetanne (“Ms G”), the consummate teaching skill and enthusiasm of the program’s conductors challenges each singer artistically and fosters self-confidence that lasts a lifetime. From simple community concerts, to appearances with the VSO, to tours of legendary choral shrines around the world, our choirs always rise to the occasion and give great joy to everyone, including themselves.



Job Description: 

This position is 1 FTE, working out of the Vancouver Bach Choir office. The Executive Director has oversight responsibility for all aspects of the VBC, including financial planning and management (includes grant applications and fund development), marketing, publicity and public relations, general management of day to day operations of the choirs. The Executive Director works with the board of directors in implementing the vision and goals of the VBC and reports on all aspects of operations on a regular basis. The Executive Director attends board meetings and committee meetings. The Executive Director may be required to work some evenings and weekends. The Executive Director is expected to participate in all VBC-related events. The Executive Director understands that he/she represents the organization in all potential networking situations.


• Prepare a comprehensive annual budget (in consultation with board treasurer and Finance and Systems Administrator);
• Negotiate and prepare contracts for guest artists and all non-director artistic staff;
• Determine annual fees and wages for all personnel staff noted above;
• Negotiate and prepare all rental contracts;
• Approve monthly invoices and sign off on payroll
Marketing, Publicity and Public Relations
• Oversee the public relations firm and Development Officer for ongoing fund development and special projects and provide directions, prepare budgets and materials as necessary;
• Oversee restructuring, implementation and ongoing maintenance of website(s)
• Liaise with the Development Officer for any special events, receptions, etc.;
• Liaise with Vancouver Civic Theatres and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra;
• Oversee adult concert programme content and production.

• Work with Operations Coordinator to oversee all aspects of rehearsals and concerts;
• Oversee and approve concert programme content;
• Oversee preparation of season schedules for adults and children;
• Manage all staff and conduct annual reviews;
• Sit on each board committee (ex-officio);
• Consult with Artistic Directors and Development Officer about season planning / feasibility and liaise with Operations Coordinator and Finance and Systems Administrator on same;
• Prepare and review detailed job descriptions and orient all new non-director personnel with positions, itineraries and expectations and liaise with Operations Coordinator to disseminate;
• Ensure all organizational policies and procedures are documented and current.


Degree in arts/cultural management OR at least five years experience of leadership in a non-profit organization
Excellent writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills required
Musical background an asset

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to the Chair of the Search Committee at:


$56,000. This is a salaried employment position.

Contact Name: Tony Roper
Contact Email: jobs@vancouverbachchoir.com

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