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Below is a listing of current career opportunities with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Please check back in the future for more opportunities.



Are you a business savvy leader with professional experience in the non-profit sector, including governance, fundraising, human resources and finance? Are you excited to take on a new role and share your passion by furthering a great cause? We are currently searching for someone to join and lead our dedicated and experienced team to over-perform on our operational goals. With a fresh strategic plan in place, you will provide new insights into the most efficient and effective ways for us to succeed. We will ask a lot from you but you will get a lot back from us in return. We provide high levels of autonomy, flexibility and are deeply appreciative of good work. Just ask one of the many team members that have stuck with us for years to form this close-knit family of professionals who are proud of the organization and their contributions.

At DSRF, we challenge disability. We gain new insights into how people with Down syndrome see the world around them and process information. This understanding enables us to develop effective programs appropriate to each person - programs that maximize academic, social, health and language development, preparing our students to live independently and make a difference in their community. Our programs are constantly evolving to incorporate this knowledge and best practice developed by others in the field, which helps us achieve excellent results with this unique population of students. In turn, our expertise is shared and disseminated with the wider Down syndrome community.

The Executive Director will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in senior management, with excellent presentation and relationship building skills. Experience reporting to a volunteer board would be an asset. Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides overall leadership to advance DSRF’s strategic and operational direction, workplace culture and stakeholder relationships. The Executive Director will be responsible for the implementation and success of the new strategic plan, ensuring fund development is able to support growth and financial stability, stewarding donor relationships and increasing community awareness.

Over the past 22 years the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) has grown to become an award-winning centre of excellence, recognized worldwide as an expert and leader in the field of Down syndrome. The Foundation’s centre is in Burnaby, BC, with satellite programs in Abbotsford, North Vancouver and Surrey. Our mission is to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, disseminating information and changing attitudes.

Should you be interested in learning more about this unique leadership opportunity, please forward your résumé, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three referees, in confidence, to info@dsrf.org. We will respond to all who express interest.

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