Come join us!
The Board is interested in candidates with a passion for our cause.
The British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is a not-for-profit, regulatory and social justice law firm in Vancouver. Our mission is to advance the interests of generally unrepresented or underrepresented individuals and groups in areas of major public concern with a focus on the growing issue of energy poverty.
BCPIAC’s work focuses on energy regulation including regular interventions before the BC Utilities Commission on electricity, natural gas and ICBC matters on behalf of low and fixed income residential ratepayers; as well as anti-poverty and anti-oppression work – providing advice and assistance to advocacy groups throughout British Columbia in social justice work (human rights complaints, judicial reviews, litigation, negotiation, and public education).
About the Board
The BCPIAC Board is made up of legal, private sector and non-profit professionals and representatives of the communities we serve who have made a commitment to be involved and assist with governing the society. In order to meet the challenges and effectively lead this dynamic organization, BCPIAC requires candidates who can provide the leadership and strategic direction at the Board of Director level. Previous Board experience is not required, although an asset.
Some of the skills BCPIAC is looking for in individuals include leadership, governance and policy, strategic business planning, finance and communications.
Directors are elected for a one-year term, however, we prefer you remain on the Board for at least 2 to 3 years. While we currently do not have term limits, we value Board renewal.
The time commitment required is about three to five hours per month, including preparation time, meetings and committee work. The Board meets in person quarterly (typically for 4 hrs). Shorter Board conference calls are held occasionally in between regularly scheduled in-person meetings.
You will help ensure the ongoing success of the BCPIAC by attending Board meetings (in person or telephone), contributing and participating on committees as required, bringing a strong knowledge of and commitment to principles of anti-oppression as well as supporting the Executive Director in specific fundraising & or community development work and organizational profile-building.
Benefits & Recognition
Being part of the BCPIAC Board of Directors will offer you an opportunity to take a leadership role in the community while utilizing your skills in a meaningful way.
In addition, the opportunity for professional networking, development and training will allow you to enhance your community profile and be a part of the movement to ensure every British Columbian has access to legal representation in issues of major public concern.
• Be residents of Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland area;
• Support the vision, mission, and values of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre;
• Reflect the vibrant diversity of the communities we serve;
• Be familiar with a governance-based Board of Directors and non-profit organizations, or will have an interest in learning about them;
• Bring a personal interest in diversity and community development;
• Have a background in administration, law, fundraising, marketing or communications, capital development, management or a related field.
If you are interested in joining the BCPIAC Board, you are invited to send a current CV with a brief statement as to why you should be considered in confidence, to:
Candidates are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The Nominating Committee will review your application and would be happy to arrange a meeting with you as soon as possible.