Job Opening: Executive Director of GVYU

Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited is currently recruiting an individual to fill the role of Executive Director that can lead this dynamic organization with an annual budget of $3.5 million and over 50 employees. We are seeking a leader that will cast vision alongside the Board for this organization marrying cutting edge youth work with our mission to share the love of Christ to a new generation.

Why we exist:
“It is the mission of Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited to provide youth with caring relationships and developmental opportunities for their whole person (mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual) in the context of the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

GVYU is a place of connection and transformation, Youth Unlimited helps young people discover their potential. If they feel alone, marginalized, vulnerable or just need somewhere fun but safe to connect to we’re here to walk with them, help them learn life skills, support their growth as a person, and discover their potential. We do this through activities, arts, sports, camps, drop-in centres, youth groups and a myriad of other programs accessible throughout Greater Vancouver.

Our Ethos
We’re a Christian organization but we’re not preachy, so we’re able to make genuine connections with young people and support them with the help they need – be it physical, mental, social, emotional or spiritual. We’re about genuine relationships. We don’t judge or tell. Instead, we listen and have the conversations youth want and need to have.

Our Programs
Our programming is relevant, fun, and most important – responsive to the needs of youth within their communities. It’s diverse and includes teen parent support groups, social justice initiatives, popular sports and activities, mentoring, food programs and counselling and much more. There’s something for everybody. We also appreciate the benefits of partnering with churches, schools, community groups, associations, or working directly with families.

Our Staff
Our experienced staff is deeply committed and caring. Guided by values of compassion, integrity and servitude, they have an extraordinary ability to connect with youth and help them along life’s path. At Youth Unlimited, we passionately believe in the potential of each young person with whom we interact, and are dedicated to providing opportunities for them to lead what Jesus calls “lives to the full”.

Our Funding
As a non-profit, we solely rely on the generosity of donors who support our staff, as well as our operations. These are people who share our purpose of or are compelled to support our vision to transform a generation from the inside out. Each staff member has a responsibility to be an active participant in the development of Youth Unlimited’s donor base.

Our Association
Youth Unlimited is a chartered member of Youth Unlimited Canada and part of Youth for Christ, an international, non-denominational Christian ministry founded in the early 1940’s. Candidates for this Executive Director role would have the following skill sets:

Spiritual Leadership
The Executive Director of this organization should demonstrate a fulsome theological and biblical
understanding. The ED should have a heart for the less privileged (at Risk) in our society given many of our constituents fall into this category and be discerning of God’s Heart and where He would have our organization focus our time and efforts.

Visionary Leadership
We are looking for someone who has God’s anointing with respect to taking the organization ethos and facilitating the dreaming, building and fulfilment of the mission. The ED must be forward looking and be able to push the organization forward.

People Leadership
The ED must be able to lead a team, managing a diverse group of people working collaboratively,
coaching and where necessary directing. When problems arise, they must have the capacity to identify the issue, determine if an internal solution is available and on some occasions, make the hard decision to change personnel.
From an external perspective, skills of networking and partnership building are essential.

Program Leadership
The ED must have an understanding of what it takes to be an effective youth missionary / worker
and how to effectively incorporate programs into the ministry. Given there is significant diversity in programs across the area, there need not be a cookie cutter approach; however, the ED must be able to identify if the programs are effective and fulfilling our mission and then direct the organization in the continuance or adjustment of same.

Administrative Leadership
There are multiple layers of administration within the organization. The ED ultimately must direct the financial, Human Resources and administrative mechanisms of the organizations and be able to identify when they are insufficient to the proper functioning of the organization. Further, given the charitable status of the organization, there are significant issues that come along with this registration and ultimately, the ED (along with Board) bear weight of responsibility to function in this environment.

Excellence in Communication
Communication with internal groups and external groups are a key. A significant function of the ED is to represent the organization from an external perspective, sharing God’s calling on the organization in the community and His kingdom. This communication is a key in so far as a significant function of the ED is the overall development of the donor base and generating the funding of the organization (fundraising).

Funding and Salary of ED Position
Dependent on experience and qualifications. Youth Unlimited’s funding is based on a personal support raising model. The ED role fits into this structure as with all other employees.

More details on our organization can be found at
Deadline of May 31, 2014

Cover letter and resume can be attached below or be forwarded to: 
Gary MacDonald
1.888.649.2011 Ext 7

Posted on April 30, 2014

The Elevation Project, EP Update!


It’s been a great season for The Elevation Project, and we wanted to share 3 exciting pieces of news with you.

  • All 150 students on The Elevation Project Sponsorship Program have been matched with Canadian sponsors! Thanks for partnering with these wonderful students towards success in their education at Kigali Christian School.
  • The guys at Make a Difference or Die Tying (an Elevation Project alumni brainchild) are still doing great stuff, making and selling tie dyes to support the work of The EP, and have been featured on the Vancouver is Awesome website. Nice work Chris, Peter, Burke and Daniel!
  • Our Elevation Experience 2014 team is well into their training, preparing to put their new knowledge into action in Rwanda this summer. Follow along with their learning here on our blog.

Check out our website at or follow us on Facebook at for more information and updates!


The Elevation Project Team

Posted on April 18, 2014

Looking for a summer job?

Ad for Summer Staff at Jesters

Positions Available:

The first three positions are government grant positions and as such all applicants must be planning to return to school full time in the fall.  Successful applicants should send a  cover letter and resume with references to Sharon Wiebe prior to May 1, 2014.  Post Secondary students must have their own transportation, experience in  theatre and experience working  with youth.

The fourth position is for a two week teaching term in the summer.  If you are only available for one week, send your resume, there may be room for you.



All positions are located in Mission, BC

May 12 – August 15, 2014:  Post – Secondary Students

Position One:  Program Director
Wage: $13 per hour, 40 hours per week

Position Two:  Assistant Program Director – Position Filled
Wage:  $12 per hour, 30 hours per week

July 7 – August 15, 2014:  Secondary Student

Position Three:  Student Leader (must be in Grade 12 or less as of Spring 2014)
Wage:  $10.50 per hour, 30 hours per week

Job Description:  Varying degrees of responsibility for each position in the preparation and carrying out of the following programs:  Fundraisers, Writing Camp, Student Leadership Development Days, Summer Theatre (3 camps), Musical Theatre, Auditions, Volunteer Training Curriculum, Prep Work for Fall Theatre, Photography and Videography

July 14 – 25, 2014:  Professional or Post – Secondary

Teachers needed!
Wage: $500 per week (two weeks) – mornings only.

Job Description:  Teachers must be experienced in theatre and in working with young people.  Teaching experience is an asset.  Lesson outlines must be prepared and approved in advance.  Criminal record checks are required.  Lessons will teach groups of 10 students (grades 4-6 and grades 7-12) in various aspects of theatre.  Please indicate on your cover letter which aspects of theatre are exciting to you and that you feel most qualified to teach.  (ie:  improv, technical, basics, musical, mime….).

Fall 2014  Sept 5 – November 28 Fall Theatre Dance 

Dance Instructor Needed!
Fridays 3:15 – 5:30pm
Wage: $40 per Friday

Job Description:  Choreograph and teach dances to large(40) and small(2) groups of students.  All dances and songs must follow the theme of our script and are subject to approval from the Director.

Further information regarding Program Director, Assistant Program Director and Student Leader Positions (Government Grant):

3.3 Eligible Student Participants
To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act5; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

3.3 Eligible Student Participants

To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:

• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;

• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;

• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act5; and,

• be legally entitled to work in Canada


Posted on April 4, 2014

Process on our homeless youth initiative is racing ahead!

We’re very encouraged with the progress and support.

To date, we have a facility donated, committed staff time and services from invested organizations, and various in-kind donations to help make our vision of an At Risk/Homeless Youth Resource Centre and Health Clinic a reality. Many hours of work have gone into the foundational planning of this centre over the last two months. We are planning a multi-faceted service which includes a youth medical clinic and place where youth can receive holistic help to get them in a safe living situation. Many have commented that they are surprised at how quickly this is progressing. I anticipate that we will be able to help homeless youth in Mission later this year. Below is a summary of where this initiative is at:

  • Mission Community Services has offered Procter House (the house directly behind their building on 2nd Ave.) as a possible location for the ”At Risk/Homeless Youth” resource space.  It would work well location and space wise, but will need some renovations to make it usable.  (More about reno plans when we finalize an agreement and develop a facility plan.)
  • We are looking at adding a “youth health clinic” piece to the project.  This will mean that 2 of the rooms will be set up as a mini health clinic and Mission doctors will run some afternoon drop in clinics for youth that might not otherwise access health services.
  • We have formed a leadership team of Executive Directors from a few agencies to help steer this initiative.
  • Thanks to all who helped with the Homeless Count on March 11-12.  The information from this count will help inform our goals and practices as we move forward.  We also hope to have a survey done in the high schools soon to give us even more info about the number of homeless youth in our community.
  • There seems to be a growing support for this project in Mission and we want to act while things are positive.  Thanks for your interest.  We will be asking soon for specific assistance with taking this project to the next level so stay tuned.  One way you could help is to get us in touch with others who might be interested in this initiative.

Please pray for our Youth Unlimited team in Mission as we continue work on this initiative. Pray for favour, funding, cooperation and like-mindedness with our partners.

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