General Manager, Columbia Valley Credit Union

Location: Golden, British Columbia
Posting Date: February 10, 2020
Closing Date: March 10, 2020
Employment Type: Full-time, Executive

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:

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  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 to:  If you have questions, or want more information on this opportunity, please contact Cindy Dopson at

Learn more about CVCU at and

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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