Executive Assistant – Permanent Full Time

Columbia Valley Credit Union (CVCU) is a member owned financial institution in Golden, BC, serving members since 1955. With $190 million in assets, we serve our 4,500 members according to our guiding principles:

  • Serving members is the primary purpose of our existence.
  • We provide exceptional, customized service.
  • We act with integrity and sincerity.
  • We never stop learning.
  • We continuously innovate.

To learn more about our credit union visit https://www.cvcu.bc.ca/.

The Opportunity

CVCU is looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to support our organization, CEO, Board of Directors, and our members.  This is a permanent position, with the opportunity to work remotely and in our office in Golden, BC.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Executive Assistant is a member of the credit union management team, contributing to our success in achieving organizational goals.  This role is primarily responsible for providing efficient and confidential administrative support to the CEO and Board of Directors, as well as performing other administrative duties related to the human resources and payroll functions of the credit union.

Some of the specific accountabilities of this role include:

  • Maintain the CEO’s calendar and appointments, applying diplomacy and good judgement in managing requests of the CEO’s time.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of privileged or sensitive materials related to the CEO office and the Board of Directors.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence and presentations for the CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Work closely with the CEO and Chair of the Board to prepare Board meeting agendas and maintain the Board’s annual calendar of activities, including the scheduling of Board and committee meetings.
  • Coordinate and plan the annual general meeting, strategic planning session(s), business planning meetings and other Board and branch-related activities as required.
  • Attend Board meetings, take minutes, and distribute minutes and meeting packages.
  • Coordinate travel and accommodations for Directors and track Board expenses.
  • Maintain all personnel records related to attendance, vacation pay, benefits accruals and payments, and provide administrative support for payroll purposes as needed.
  • Support the CEO with employee performance planning activities and other human resources initiatives, as well as ensuring human resources policies are kept up to date.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualification and Skill Requirements:

We’re looking for someone with relevant post-secondary education and at least 5 years of related experience in a financial institution.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

To be our ideal candidate, you will also have:

  • Sound knowledge of general office procedures, business machines, and computers, with proficiency in Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with experience in drafting correspondence, taking minutes, and writing reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with staff, members and Board of Directors in an effective and diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to type with reasonable speed and accuracy and to perform basic mathematical computations.
  • Strong organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to make independent decisions, with sound judgement, and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional demeanor at all times, supporting and promoting changes within the organization.
  • Understanding of credit union operations, with a commitment to the credit union philosophy and vision.

The Reward

  • Chance to make a big impact in a small organization and contribute to the success and integrity of the business
  • Competitive compensation package and benefits program
  • Opportunity to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community through credit union services and initiatives

General Manager

Columbia Valley Credit Union (CVCU) is a member owned financial institution in Golden, BC, serving members since 1955. With over $180 million in assets, we serve our 4,500 members according to our guiding principles:

  • Serving members is the primary purpose of our existence.
  • We provide exceptional, customized service.
  • We act with integrity and sincerity.
  • We never stop learning.
  • We continuously innovate.

With the upcoming retirement of our current GM, the Board of Directors is seeking a strong leader who shares our values and commitment to our members and community.

This opportunity is located in Golden, B.C. Golden is a great place to balance work and lifestyle, with incredible scenery, abundant recreational activities, and a true sense of community, combined with a well diversified local economy. The town also offers all the services you need, medical and dental services, four public schools and a College of the Rockies campus, a youth centre, library, art gallery, and over a hundred non-profit groups delivering services and sports opportunities. You can find more information about what adventures Golden has to offer at: https://imaginekootenay.com/community/golden-bc/.

CVCU is one of 6 credit unions in the Kootenay Region exploring the potential to amalgamate to create benefits for our members, our employees, and our communities (see information at https://www.exploringstrengthandunity.ca/). We are looking for a permanent GM who sees opportunity in both potential outcomes of this process: leading CVCU into the future if the amalgamation doesn’t proceed, or joining a new $2.5 billion asset credit union in a non-CEO/GM leadership capacity if the merger is successful.

The Opportunity:
As the General Manager (GM), you will collaborate, partner and lead through some complex times ahead, instilling confidence in the team, the board, and with members.

Your top priorities over the first 12 – 18 months in this role will be:

  • Building up the capacity of the CVCU team; with additional retirements pending and new leaders in place, it will be critical to ensure strong succession planning, mitigate knowledge loss, and build a dynamic team culture to fully engage staff at all levels;
  • Engaging in the amalgamation process, working collaboratively with the other credit union leaders while bringing critical thinking to ensure members’ needs are best served;
  • Navigating the pandemic and pandemic recovery, ensuring the financial health of the credit union, members, local businesses, and our community.

Giving back to members, and the community generally, are core to this credit union. Our new GM will be an active and visible leader in the community, and will share our commitment to the cooperative movement and values-based banking.

The Ideal Candidate:
You are an experienced financial services executive who has held oversight of planning, financial management and budgets, marketing and brand, sales and service, and technology and digital service implementation. You have enough experience in retail and commercial lending to build internal team capacity and drive growth in this portfolio. You have a business development mindset, and will actively identify and pursue opportunities for the credit union.

You have experience with regulatory compliance and governance, and you’re familiar with the regulatory environment of financial institutions in Canada.

You have the ability to set a vision and lead people through change, and experience building a strong organizational culture – bringing people together to achieve common goals. You have led in a unionized workplace, have respect for the collective bargaining processes, and have been successful in creating a motivating and productive work environment within that context. You bring experience developing and implementing the human resources programs to maintain high staff engagement and productivity.

Through a collaborative approach, you create partnerships that compliment the strategy and contribute to the success of the credit union.

Your background includes a combination of relevant education and financial services leadership, ideally within the credit union system.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to submit your resume and cover letter. If you have questions, or want more information on this opportunity, please contact Cindy Dopson at recruitment@central1.com.

Learn more about CVCU at https://www.cvcu.bc.ca/Personal/AboutUs/ and https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaValleyCreditUnion

The posting will stay open until we have completed our search.

CVCU offers a competitive executive compensation and benefits package. We will consider relocation support for the right candidate.

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