KAST Talent & marketing Manager

Opportunity With KAST: Executive Director

KAST Talent & marketing Manager

The Executive Director of the Kootenay Association of Science & Technology (KAST) will lead the organization to build a recognized, vibrant and prosperous technology community in the West Kootenay region of BC by providing programs to connect and solve problems for entrepreneurs. 

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Is a strong leader who will inspire clients, partners, staff and contractors;
  • Is a future-focussed strategic thinker who will identify opportunities for KAST;
  • Enjoys networking with funders, partners and entrepreneurs;
  • Can sell ideas, gain buy-in and build vision, excitement and momentum;
  • Has business expertise and an understanding of the technology industry;
  • Has demonstrated financial management experience;
  • Is a strong project manager and administrator;
  • Is creative and adaptable;
  • Has worked effectively with a Board of Directors; and
  • Will raise the profile of the organization inside and outside of the region in order to secure funding for the organization and to engage entrepreneurs to benefit from KAST programs.

Responsibilities: 

  • Build and maintain relationships with funders, prospective funders, economic development partners, the entrepreneurial community and other stakeholders;
  • Project development including identifying and evaluating project opportunities, building joint projects and managing project implementation;
  • Management of MIDAS Facility, Venture Acceleration Program and Tech Talent Attraction project as well as other ongoing and emerging projects;
  • Communications including community presentations, marketing and social media;
  • Human resources management including managing staff and contractors;
  • Operations management including financial management and ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of KAST; and
  • Liaising with and reporting to a Board of Directors.

Education & Experience: 

  • Post-secondary education in the areas of Business, Technology, Science, Engineering or a combination of relevant training & experience.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial/ business skills moving from start up to growth.
  • Previous experience as an Executive Director of a Non-Profit or working with a Board of Directors is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the rural and provincial economic development landscape with a focus on the technology sector is an asset.

Must be able to travel. A valid driver’s licence and access to the use of a vehicle are required.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to coaching@kast.com by Friday, January 19, 2018. 

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