The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is seeking a dynamic, future focused individual to serve as the Executive Director for this thriving, growing Society.

The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader who can bring together a variety of stakeholders, staff and funders to support the Association’s mandate. With expertise in business and financial management, and successful experience in working with a Board of Directors, the Executive Director will raise the profile of the organization across the region and beyond, supporting the Kootenays in being a strong global leader in science & technology.

The successful candidate will build strong relationships for the organization with funders, economic development partners, the entrepreneurial community and other stakeholders. They will be a thoughtful communicator, in meetings and in presentations. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the organization and will continually look for projects and opportunities to enhance the vision and reputation of KAST.

Recommended education and experience:

  • Post secondary education in the areas of Business, Technology, Science, Engineering or a combination of relevant training and successful experience
  • Previous experience as an Executive Director with a Not For Profit or Board of Directors
  • Knowledge of and strengths in rural and provincial economic development with a focus on technology
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial/business skills moving from startup to growth

Must be able to travel. A valid driver’s license and access to the use of a vehicle are required. Preference will be given to candidates in the Nelson/West Kootenay areas.

KAST is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to apply to this position please contact applications@kast.com. Please submit a cover letter and resume including three current references in your application. The closing date for this application is Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 5pm PT.

The mission of KAST is to enable a vibrant, thriving and healthy tech community in the Kootenays by creating inclusive economic opportunities, stimulating job growth and by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with the support they need to thrive in the local and digital economy.

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