Vancouver Poetry House seeks Executive Director

Vancouver Poetry House is looking for a new Executive Director. The candidate should have experience in literary and spoken word poetry communities with a nonprofit background. The current Executive Director, Chris Gilpin, will be available to assist in the transition of the new ED becoming acclimated to the position.

Duties include:

  • Facilitating communications between the board of directors, the staff, and the general public.

  • Carrying out day-to-day operations, including banking, accounts payable, supervising programs, and maintaining the nonprofit and charitable status of the organization.

  • Maintaining relationships with funders, including writing grants, reports, and identifying new funding opportunities. Also, anticipating funding shortfalls for any program and finding alternate funding sources.

  • Managing the Verses Festival of Words, including budgeting, box office management, funding, and logistics.

  • Acting as a spokesperson for VPH, promoting poetry as an art form and raising the profile of the organization, engaging in outreach and audience development.

Qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations.

  • Interest in spoken word poetry.

  • Experience in grant writing for organizations.

  • Experience in budgeting in Excel.

  • Experience with event planning and project management.

  • Willingness to process input from many sources before making decisions.

  • Web and social media skills are a plus.

This position involves a monthly honorarium.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to by June 1st, 2015.