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Call for applications: BCSEA Board Treasurer

Tuesday, March 24, 2020



BCSEA’s Board of Directors is currently recruiting for the position of Treasurer. We are looking for someone with both the passion for sustainable energy, and the training in accounting and financial planning, with experience in charitable organizations to serve a vital function within our organization.  If this sounds like you, please read on for more information and how to apply.


The BC Sustainable Energy Association is a registered charity supporting British Columbia’s transition to a future built on resilient, regenerative production, distribution and use of energy.

BCSEA collaborates with government, industry, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and citizens to provide education and well-reasoned policy-oriented research, analysis and recommendations on sustainable energy issues to accelerate the province’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Board Treasurer (“Treasurer”) exercises governance oversight of the BCSEA.  While primarily responsible for the operating budget of the provincial arm of the BCSEA, the Treasurer must also exercise oversight of Chapter finances.  As an organization that recently achieved charitable status, the Treasurer will be knowledgeable of charitable status guidelines and will be required to field requests and activities by the association in order to stay compliant.

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying ways in which financial operations can be made more efficient and cost-effective.
  • Identify methods of improving the long-term financial health of the BCSEA through a combination of shrewd financial operations management, conservative budgeting practices, proper division between operating and reserve fund management, and strategic investments in new systems.
  • Signing off on the Engagement letter and providing detailed financial information to our auditors.
  • Managing any correspondence with the Canada Revenue Agency and maintaining BCSEA’s compliance with charitable status and filing of relevant reports and income tax reports.
  • Reporting on the financial health of the BCSEA at the Annual General Meeting
  • Assisting the Fundraising and Revenue Committee with the CiviCRM system and the website to enable donations and membership payments, and to track down any issues with either system.
  • Accounts Receivables management: Work with the Cool It! Program Manager to assist in tracking the payment of salaries and expense claims from Environmental Educators, and in tracking the payment of invoices to municipalities against Accounts Receivables.
  • Accounts Payables management: Check expenses against the approved budget for expenses in the current operating budget, and to track the variances between actual and monthly expenses.
  • Providing direction to the BCSEA’s bookkeeper on a monthly basis to deal with paying contractors and staff on a biweekly basis, managing the timesheet and expense approvals, and to sign off on expense cheques on a monthly basis. Managing and releasing payroll upon approval of the relevant Board member approvals of the provincial staff and Cool It! Program manager timesheets. Transitioning all sources of funding away from cheques to direct deposits or credit card payments.

Basic Qualifications

In addition to meeting the requirements of a Board Director, the successful volunteer candidate shall have the following qualifications, whether by formal training, direct experience, or a combination of the two:

  • 2 - 3 years of experience in a charitable organization in Canada, with the requisite familiarity with Canada Revenue Agency requirements and restrictions for charitable organizations
  • Understanding of Internet-based credit union CAFT system
  • Credentials in Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting (e.g., Diploma in Accounting, courses in Accounting in a business diploma, or an equivalent number of years experience and courses)
  • Understanding of Generally Acceptable Accounting Practices, Auditing principles, and relevant standards for charitable organizations
  • Fiscal budget cycles and corporate governance oversight

Preferred Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in business administration with 5 years post-graduate experience in a charitable organization, ideally in a leadership capacity.
Led and/or directed organizational resources to assist in an independent audit of a charitable organization’s finances for at least three fiscal years without any findings of fault under GAAP.
Ability to provide direct guidance to outside contractors and bookkeeper in order to maintain operational effectiveness.

Time & Travel Commitment

Board members may live anywhere in BC and typically meet in person twice each year, including a strategic planning session in the spring and the AGM in the fall. The Board member role is a volunteer position, which requires a minimum of ten hours per month for two years, and the attendance at Board meetings. Board and committee meetings are held via teleconferencing.  

Benefits & Recognition

Exercising your knowledge and practicing your skills to shift British Columbia to an equitable, prosperous, low-carbon economy and lifestyle.
Contribute your knowledge and leadership expertise to further our mission and goals.
Connect with like-minded professionals who are passionate believers in our vision of a clean, sustainable energy future for BC.
Develop Board governance and leadership skills.
No paid compensation although your travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and brief letter outlining your interest by May 30, 2020. Applications can be submitted via email to:   bcsea.admin@bcsea.org