Quill and Quire

Executive Director

Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia Published: January 13, 2022
Vancouver (open to remote or hybrid/remote)
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The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is seeking a dynamic, visionary, and experienced individual to serve as its next Executive Director.

This is a permanent, full-time position. Our office is based in Vancouver, BC. While we prefer an in-office position, we will consider remote or hybrid/remote options.


Established in 1978, the ABPBC is a provincial association of BC-owned and -controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia.

The ABPBC supports the aspirations and activities of its membership through cultural, economic, and political initiatives, and engages book-related communities in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond.

As a trade association the ABPBC works to support its members through ADVOCACY, MARKETING, PROMOTION & AWARENESS and BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

Our work is driven by a volunteer board of directors and committees and responds to the needs of BC’s vibrant and diverse book publishing community. 


The Executive Director manages an office of two additional staff, and reports to the board and the membership. 

The Executive Director provides organizational leadership, and is responsible for the following:

  • Executing the organization’s operational plan in line with the strategic priorities set by the board and membership
  • Representing the organization to government, other industry and community organizations, and the public
  • Engaging with the membership, board, and other stakeholders through regular meetings and communications
  • Responding to emerging issues and trends, helping to develop policy objectives and positions, and serving as an industry advocate
  • Managing the organization’s finances, including working with an external bookkeeper and coordinating the annual review engagement
  • Exploring funding opportunities and writing grant applications and reports
  • Leading association staff (Program Manager and Project Assistant) and working with them to develop and execute programming
  • Ensuring that the association’s practices, activities, and decisions are consistent with its constitution and bylaws, mission, and other policies, and respect the Association’s legal and regulatory obligations


  • Senior-level publishing and/or non-profit leadership experience
  • Group facilitation and consensus building, ideally including board work
  • Human resources: recruiting, managing, and developing staff, consultants, and contractors
  • Financial management: budgeting, cashflow, banking, and general bookkeeping
  • Industry advocacy and/or government relations
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • Program design and management
  • Marketing, communications, and/or public relations


  • Demonstrated interest in reading and publishing and in supporting the needs of small-to-medium businesses
  • Resourcefulness, strategic thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Strong time management, project management, and organizational skills
  • Dynamic public speaking, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing abilities, including attention to spelling and grammar
  • Desire to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and industry 
  • Familiarity with collaboration tools (including Google Workspace) and current marketing and social media platforms
  • An understanding of the Canadian and/or BC book publishing industry and its marketplace, and an awareness of new publishing technologies, trends, and practices are significant assets


We maintain an office in downtown Vancouver and observe standard working hours. Currently, staff are operating in a hybrid on-site/remote capacity, with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place when working in the office. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

The incumbent will be required to reside in British Columbia and to be available to travel to the Vancouver office, with occasional travel to Victoria and to other parts of the province as needed. Some out-of-province travel may be required. 


$65,000–$80,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include a comprehensive extended health plan, professional development opportunities, and a flexible work schedule. 


Please email a cover letter and resume to ABPBC.hiring@orcabook.com by February 1, 2022. Applications and queries will be kept confidential. Please do not contact the ABPBC office by phone or by email. 

Interviewing will begin in February 2022. We are targeting a start date of March 7, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The ABPBC is an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. We particularly encourage applicants who identify as being from diverse communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour; people with disabilities; people identifying as LGBTQ2S+, and people facing economic barriers.