Owned and operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society
a registered charity serving the Ladysmith community since 1985

MARINA OFFICE:  250-245-1146 or 66A

Executive Director Opportunity


The Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) is seeking an enthusiastic, natural leader for the full time position of Executive Director. The Society has a long and rich history of supporting our community. This includes promoting tourism in the Harbour, protecting and promoting the Harbour,  promoting and protecting Ladysmith’s maritime heritage, and operating a marina that sees 6,700+ overnight boating visitors each season,  and hosting many festivals and rendezvous (more than 21 rendezvous is 2017).  We are very proud that in 2017 LMS was named one of the top 10 of the 400 marinas in the Pacific Northwest. And now, the development and implementation of the new Ladysmith Waterfront Plan is a wonderful opportunity that is in front of us.

LMS is a great organization. The committed and talented volunteer base is the envy of many marinas. The staff are experienced, responsive, and friendly. We have also enjoyed good relationships with the Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith.

With a minimum of 5 years experience in an executive position, you must be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, human resource management, financial management,  strong networking and solid organizational abilities. You are able to demonstrate your ability for strategic thinking and collaborative leadership. You have experience in fund raising and preparing grant applications. You have sound knowledge of budgeting, financial management and legal issues specific to non-profit organizations. An understanding of our 4 core areas of business would be seen as a strong asset. You would be expected to work flexible hours to accommodate community based events. A university degree or combination of education and senior experience is required. Continue to browse our website for a full history of LMS.

Salary: $70,000 – $80,000.

To apply for this position, e-mail your covering letter and resume to the LMS Recruitment Committee at recruitment@lmsmarina.ca  by 4:00 PM PST on August 17, 2018.  Please put Executive Director Position in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ educations and experience best match the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.


Position Description:

The Executive Director provides leadership and management to achieve the Ladysmith Maritime Society (LMS) mission of serving the community through protecting and promoting maritime heritage, promoting tourism activity, protecting and promoting public access to the waterfront, and operating a marina for the benefit of area residents. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the President, is accountable for implementation of the strategic plan, financial and operational plans, administration, Human Resources, program delivery, marketing, internal and external relations, volunteer resources, and providing support for the Board.


  • Effective management of LMS, including development and stewardship of the annual operating plan, financial performance and reporting, moorage agreements, external reporting obligations, tendering and contracts, grant applications, fund raising, insurance, property taxes, rents, legal issues, correspondence, records management, marketing and communications.
  • Effective management of Human Resources, including staff recruitment, ensuring compliance with employment, health and safety regulations, fostering an environment of collaboration and team work. The Operations Manager and Marina Managers are direct reports.
  • Effective risk management including identification and evaluation of risks to the Society, its members, volunteers and staff, and adoption of mitigation strategies such as insurance and risk avoidance.
  • Provide leadership in program delivery, including volunteer recruitment, engagement and recognition, and maintenance of a respectful, energizing environment for volunteers to contribute to LMS in key program areas such as festival, events, maritime restorations, and maritime heritage and education.
  • In collaboration with the Board, maintain healthy constructive relationships with key stakeholder groups: members, moorers, volunteers, community organizations, the Town of Ladysmith Council and Administration, Stz’uminus First Nation Council, funding agencies, and selected Federal and Provincial Government departments.
  • Support the Board of Directors in ongoing renewal of the LMS vision and values, development of long-term strategic plans, policy development (Standard Operating Procedures, Health and Safety, etc), stewardship processes, Board decision processes, Board meeting agendas and minutes, and financial reporting.

Important Qualities:

  • Engaging leadership skills
  • Management experience
  • Solid communication skills
  • High ethical standards
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to foster relationship