The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) assists refugees and other newcomers who have endured torture, trauma and political violence through settlement, counselling and community-based programs. VAST promotes the psychological and emotional healing process for survivors of torture and their families by providing free, culturally appropriate mental health, social support and advocacy services. We also facilitate cultural connectedness and encourage an understanding of trauma and its effects through research and education.
Job Posting: Executive Director
Currently Part-time 3 days per week building to full-time
VAST assists refugees and other newcomers who have endured torture, trauma and political violence by providing specialized settlement, counseling and community-based programs.
This small but important organization is seeking an Executive Director who will provide the organization with skilled, strategic and caring leadership. The successful candidate will be able to articulate and apply an anti-oppressive approach in supporting clients, engage and inspire community support for the organization, and ensure a healthy work environment for the Staff, Board and Volunteers. S/he will be an outstanding communicator in English – written and spoken – and should be functionally bilingual (Spanish, Farsi and/or Arabic particularly helpful). S/he will have at minimum 5 years of experience in a senior management position at a non-profit organization.
Key Duties: The Executive Director provides leadership to the organization by planning, organizing, directing and administering all agency activities, programs and operations. The ED of VAST ensures a high standard of client-based program delivery is maintained. The ED is the sole fundraising professional on staff, and will maintain a high standard of financial accountability and control. S/he is an ambassador of the organization to the external public and is responsible for management of staff and the day-to-day operations.
Specific areas of responsibility include:
- Governance, Policy and Planning
- Financial Management
- Human Resources
- Fund Development
- Public Relations and Community Development
- Program Management
Please, submit a cover letter and a resume that clearly outline your education, training, and experience in all six areas of responsibility listed above.
Deadline for Application: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Apply via email to: Alison.email@example.com
Download the PDF: VAST ED posting
June 26, 2013 – International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
From the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture:
On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Secretariat of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is pleased to share with you the link to the Secretary-General’s statement which calls upon all member States to step up efforts to support victims of torture, the focus of the UNVFVT’s mandate and activities.
Read the Secretary-General’s message here: http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/2013/sgmessage.shtml
The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture is the only torture centre in Metro Vancouver and we need your support. Please consider making a donation through Canada Helps or by credit card by calling our office at 604 299-3539. We appreciate your support!
May 3, 2013 – VAST is hiring a part-time counsellor! Check out the posting here.
Please join us for a fundraising 60s Dance:
Rockin’ for a Good Cause – 60s Dance
Saturday, November 3, 2012
7:30 pm – 12:30 am
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
April 17, 2012
Bluegrass & Western Swing Dance
Saturday May 12
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street
Doors open at 6:30
Come to see Swing and Bluegrass performances and listen to live music.
All proceeds raised by VAST go to VAST!
To purchase a ticket please contact VAST at 604 299-3539
December 1, 2011
Frances MacQueen, one of the founders of VAST, passed away on November 26th in El Salvador. Frances was the Coordinator at VAST from 1986-2007. It was her vision and dedication that created a safe place for survivors of torture to receive the help they need to settle in Canada and heal from their trauma. We extend our deepest condolences to Frances’ family and friends. For more information, please visit Frances’ memorial website.
Come and join us to groove to the music of the 60s! Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. It is a great to find out what we are doing, get involved and have a great time! Please contact Rosie at the office at 604 299-3539 to buy tickets! Hurry to get your tickets – the event is November 5, 2011!
Saturday, November 5, 2011 7:30 pm -12:30 am
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street Vancouver
*Live 60s music
The Boogiemen Public I
Louise & Greg Weir
*West Coast Interpretive Dancing
*cash bar and snacks
*prizes for best costumes
~ Ticket proceeds to benefit
participating local charities ~ Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST)
For more information and ticket info, please contact:
Rosie Forth, VAST Office Coordinator 604-299-3539
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