Board of Director and Board Committee Member Opportunity

Bard on the Beach is looking for interested individuals in the community to join its Board of Directors or become a member of one of its Board Committees, starting in March 2021. We are committed to building a wide range of perspectives into our governance process and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. NOTE: deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, December 4.

Bard’s History 

Celebrating its 32nd Season in 2021, Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. Bard offers a robust set of educational and community outreach programs as well as many artist training initiatives and new play development activities. More on Bard’s story here.

Status of Strategic Planning 

Bard is currently creating its 2021-2024 strategic plan as well as revisioning our Mission, Vision and Values to ensure they reflect the organization we are today – one that continues to be connected to our namesake playwright, and also values and promotes diverse perspectives, ideas and lived experiences.  We are a Shakespeare Festival whose performance venue is located on Sen’ákw, the site of a vibrant Coast Salish village which was the home of Indigenous nations for thousands of years. In recent years, our status as occupants of that space has prompted us to embark on a process of internal examination and change. We’ve considered what it means for us in the 21st century to be a presenter of plays written 400 years ago that are rich in poetry, language, character and storytelling but have also been rooted in colonial arts practices. We have made some progress towards understanding and change-making, while fully recognizing we have much more to do.

Like most of our colleagues across the country and around the world, our community has been devastated by the global pandemic.  We are facing considerable challenges as we plan for Bard’s future but we remain committed to and optimistic about our recovery.

Our Invitation 

We are seeking individuals who can support our governance and committee work, who have a passion for the arts, and who are committed to moving Bard forward and strengthening its relevancy, resiliency, and vision.

We would love to speak with you if you are:

  • committed to the importance and power of theatre and the arts in our community
  • committed to the recovery of the arts sector after COVID-19’s devastating effects
  • committed to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • interested in contributing to discussions on resource development, infrastructure, finance, governance, and art
  • interested in challenging the status quo, curious beyond your expertise and experience, and able to respect and respond to many different perspectives
  • sensitive to conflicts of interest
  • able to dedicate time and effort to fully participating in meetings and events

Bard on the Beach is committed to promoting an accessible, safe, inclusive and diverse environment. We respect, value and celebrate the unique experiences of all persons and actively encourage anyone who would like to contribute to our organization to consider joining us.

Board and Committee Member Responsibilities 

The current Bard Board is a group of 15 dedicated volunteers with a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experiences.  Bard also has a number of Community Members who sit on various Committees but are not Board Members.

Our Board and Committee members currently come from the business, media, cultural, legal, community services, medical and not-for-profit sectors.

Under the Societies Act, the Board of Directors is legally responsible for overseeing the management of the affairs of Bard and is accountable to the membership of Bard.  All Board Directors are required to comply with the conditions and provisions of the BC Societies Act as it relates to charitable boards.

The role of the Bard Board of Directors is to:

  • provide foresight, oversight and insight
  • ensure effective fiscal management, including risk evaluation and management
  • approve, monitor and strengthen Bard on the Beach programs and services.  It is the Board’s responsibility to determine which programs are consistent with the mission and monitor their effectiveness
  • select, support, and review the performance of the executive leadership
  • engage in strategic planning
  • participate in the development and approval of the mission, vision, values and goals for Bard
  • enhance Bard’s public standing
  • ensure legal and ethical integrity

Time Commitment & Term Lengths 

Currently, the Bard Board of Directors meets 7-8 times per year.  Each Director sits on a minimum of one Committee, and most committees meet quarterly.    While 100% attendance is not mandatory, we strive to have members attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings. Board terms are three years in length, renewable up to a total of 10 years. Committee membership terms are one year and are renewable.

Currently all meetings are online (or via telephone access) due to COVID-19.

Onboarding and Training

All new Board and Committee members will be given appropriate onboarding and training opportunities to familiarize yourself with the organization, its goals and any specific skills required if there is a gap in governance experience.

How to Apply 

Please email your CV and/or a short summary of your experience, along with an expression of interest describing why you would like to serve as a Board or Committee member at Bard. Send it to BoardDirectors@bardonthebeach.org. The deadline for expressions of interest is December 4, 2020.

Follow-up interviews will be held online during the month of December 2020.

If you have any communication requirements not covered by the above, please contact us at 604-737-0625 ext. 230 or email BoardDirectors@bardonthebeach.org and alternative arrangements will be made.