The application period for this position closed on October 25th, 2019.

BCSARA represents the recognized 80 GSAR Groups and their 2,500 volunteer members who work with police, ambulance, and other responsible agencies in carrying out searches and technical rescues to save lives. Our board consists of 12 volunteer Regional Directors, agency representatives, executive, and Directors at large. Our mandate includes providing advice to the provincial government on GSAR, educating the public on outdoor safety through the AdventureSmart program, working closely with Emergency Management B.C. on safety and training for the volunteers, and providing other supports including Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) education and interventions.

The Manager of Finance and Administration is a key position responsible for managing the day to day financial and administrative requirements of the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) including: managing all aspects of receiving funding and disbursing payments; tracking all receivables and payables using Sage 50, an online bookkeeping system; ensuring compliance with financial regulations; maintaining records of all board and executive meetings; and preparing financial, annual and other related reports.


  • Post-graduate degree (ideally Business or Public Administration, Finance, Accounting or another related field) or five years equivalent experience.
  • Experience implementing financial and accounting policy and procedures, ensuring adherence to internal systems and controls, and recommending solutions as required.
  • Experience providing a wide range of general administrative and specialized project-based support and acting as an administrative point person for a number of individuals.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative, exercise discretion and use independent judgement in performing work.
  • Ability to work and collaborate with others in a collegial team situation.
  • Capacity to work under pressure in a self-directed manner and be flexible.
  • Strong written and spoken English.
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with standard office software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel). Working knowledge of SAGE accounting software is an advantage.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and personnel management capabilities.
  • Commitment to upholding BCSARA values, vision and direction.
  • Willingness to undertake travel and to work occasional evenings and weekends in order to attend board meetings and response reviews.
  • Experience working with, or in, a non-government organization (NGO) is an asset.

Other Requirements:

Hours of Work: The standard work week is 35 hours and additional evening and weekends as needed to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and workshops. Flexible work arrangements maybe considered.

Travel: Travel will be required for 2-3 in-person Board meetings per year plus additional workshops. Travel including personal vehicle mileage will be reimbursed for work related activities.

Location: The BCSARA office is located in the Greater Victoria area in Sidney, BC.

Compensation: Salary to be negotiated based on experience up to $70,000 per annum plus a percentage in lieu of benefits.

More Information: Please see the attached job description.

Applications: Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document and attached to an email. Applications must be sent to by 4:30 pm on October 25th, 2019. Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. Applications must clearly outline how the applicant’s education, experience, and skills meet the qualifications for this position. Three past work references along with contact information must be included as part of the application. Generic resumes may be included as part of the application.

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