Job Opportunity: Board Member

Board Member, CityStudio Vancouver Society

APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, November 17, 2021, at midnight

CityStudio is an innovation hub that brings together city staff, post-secondary students, faculty, and community to co-create experimental projects to make cities more sustainable, liveable, joyful and inclusive. It has been operating as a Canadian charity since 2017 with the purpose to advance education by: 

- Coordinating and facilitating academic collaboration with municipal governments in Canada - Designing and delivering community-based experiential courses and programs for secondary and post-secondary students in Canada 

- Delivering workshops, conferences, symposia and training programs for municipal staff, elected representatives and other interested persons in Canada 

- Conducting, facilitating and supporting research into municipal issues and experiential learning methodologies, and making the results publicly available. 

We do this work under two strategic pillars:

1) the CityStudio Global licensing service and

2) the local CityStudio Vancouver Program. 

Our licensing service is a one-stop-shop for municipalities and academic institutions to work together for innovation and civic benefit. Under this program, CityStudio licenses cities across Canada and around the world to operate their own innovative programs under the CityStudio name and includes access to our trademark, training and network membership through a shared platform. There are currently 15 CityStudio - 12 in Canada, two in Australia, and one in Norway. Since 2011, 586 city staff in 15 cities have worked on 1900 projects with over 11,000 students, contributing over 232,000 hours of public sector innovation to these cities. CityStudio Global is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. 

CityStudio Vancouver is the lead member of our growing CityStudio Global Network, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. Vancouver works with 4 local post secondary schools and the City of Vancouver. 

Our board is a strategic oversight governing body that uses a consensus decision-making process to move the organization forward and support management. The board membership ranges from 3 to 11 members and one ex-officio from the City of Vancouver. Staff leadership attends board meetings. 

CityStudio Vancouver is committed to justice, diversity and inclusion, which strengthens our ability to achieve our mission. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and with a range of life experiences to apply. We will make every effort to accommodate needs and requests.

We welcome applications from all interested parties, with special interest in applications highlighting the following experience: 

- Entrepreneurial/business 

- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

- Governance 

- Legal 

● Determining the mission and purposes of the organization 
● Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director 
● Strategic and organizational planning 
● Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management 
● Approving the budget and financial reports 
● Fundraising and resource development 
● Approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services 
● Enhancing the organization’s public image 
● Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organization 
● Developing policy recommendations in HR, financial procedures, fundraising and other areas
● Reviewing and monitoring risk management every 3 years 
● Fostering relationships for partnerships and resources for CityStudio within the wider community




This is a volunteer position 


Remote and CityStudio Vancouver - 1800 Spyglass Place, Vancouver, BC 


December 2021 


Please note that a Q&A session will be held via video conference on November 10th at 5:00pm. This session will be hosted by the Chair and the Executive Director, and will be an opportunity to learn more about the Society and this Director’s role. Following a short presentation, participants will be invited to ask questions about the Society and the role. Interested applicants are asked to please RSVP to [email protected] for the session Zoom link. Application details will be provided at this session.


Started in Vancouver, CityStudio is an innovation hub that brings together city staff, students, faculty and community to design experimental projects that make cities more sustainable, liveable, inclusive and joyful. 

We are a social franchise that licenses cities with a subscription product that includes access to our trademark, training and network membership through a shared platform. The membership platform includes training and webinars, shared materials, templates, a project archive, messaging and scheduling, as well as both public facing and member’s access. 

Including Vancouver, there are fifteen cities that have adopted the CityStudio model of city-campus collaboration, including Abbotsford, BC; Victoria, BC; North Vancouver, BC; Brantford, ON; Waterloo, ON; London, ON; Durham, ON; Sault Ste Marie, ON; Montreal, QC; Corner Brook, NL; Logan, Australia; Bendigo, Australia; and Oslo, Norway.

Job Opportunity: Membership and Engagement Coordinator

Membership and Engagement Coordinator, CityStudio Global

CityStudio Vancouver Society is seeking a highly collaborative, service-oriented and adaptable relationship builder to join the team as our Membership and Engagement Coordinator, CityStudio Global. 

CityStudio’s partnership model aims to facilitate collaboration between academic institutions and municipal governments to catalyze civic impact. Operating as a social franchise, CityStudio Global licenses municipalities across Canada and around the world to operate their own CityStudio program. New CityStudios join our Network to receive training, access to our brand, materials and other resources, and to learn from each other, sharing best practices. 

The Membership and Engagement Coordinator is the face of the CityStudio Network, ensuring that the membership experience exceeds expectations.

The Coordinator is therefore responsible for:

● Onboarding and training of new local CityStudio Program Coordinators; 

● Developing and implementing engagement opportunities for members; 

● Communicating with and about members; 

● Administering daily Network operations; and 

● Evaluating and reporting on the Network. 

Qualifications and Experience

You will bring to the team: 

● Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, Arts, or other related discipline, plus at least 2 years experience as a membership and/or network engagement coordinator or similar role, ideally in higher education, social innovation, social enterprise, community-building, civic and/or non-profit sectors; 

● Proven experience in onboarding and training peers to a new program and role, as well as improving training systems and processes; 

● Proven experience in building and maintaining effective relationships, and communicating with a network of peers, preferably in academic and municipal sectors; 

● Demonstrated knowledge of implementing engagement strategies for a network of members who are nationally and globally geographically dispersed; 

● Strong and natural customer service orientation; 

● Proven experience in internal and external communications using different types of channels;

● Demonstrated knowledge in evaluation; 

● An authentic professional curiosity for city building, higher education, and team collaboration;

● Equal parts confidence, curiosity, and collaboration; 

● Self-awareness and ability to stay calm and curious;

● An aptitude for asking, How can I help

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills; 

● A proven trustworthy and open relationship builder; 

● Initiative and ability to work independently, but also comfortable working collaboratively in a virtual team; 

● Excellence in time management and organization; 

● The ability to speak French would be an asset; 

● Knowledge areas:

JOB DESCRIPTION: Please check the full job description HERE

POSITION: 0.8 FTE permanent position, with standard three month probationary period

REPORTS TO: Director of CityStudio Global

LOCATION: At CityStudio Vancouver, 1800 Spyglass Place; Vancouver, BC CANADA, with some work-from-home flexibility

HOURS: 30 hours/week, Monday to Friday 

COMPENSATION: $39,600 - $47,600 per annum based on experience (already prorated at 0.8 FTE), plus benefits after the probationary period

START DATE: Late November 


Submit your CV and cover letter in PDF format with salary expectations to: 


Include your full name along with the job title “Membership and Engagement Coordinator, CityStudio Global” in the subject heading of your email. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, November 12th, 2021 

We thank all applicants. Selected candidates will be contacted for initial (remote) interviews. Only short-listed applicants will be invited for in-depth (in-person) interviews. 

CityStudio Vancouver Society is a registered educational charity led by a board of directors. We are an innovation hub with the mission to bring together city staff with post-secondary students and faculty to co-create experimental projects that make cities more sustainable, liveable, inclusive and joyful. Locally, the Vancouver Program partners with the City of Vancouver and four post-secondary institutions. Globally, we license the CityStudio model to cities in Canada and around the world; since 2011, 586 city staff in 15 cities have worked on 1900 projects with over 11,000 students. These students have contributed more than 232,000 hours to their cities. 

CityStudio Vancouver is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that strengthens our ability to achieve our mission through inclusion. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and a range of life experiences to apply. Do not hesitate to let us know if you require accommodations. 

To learn more about

CityStudio Vancouver Society, please visit 

CityStudioGlobal, please visit