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We’re hiring a General Manager


vtl_logoThe VTL is looking for a new General Manager!

Term: 1 year including a 3 month probationary period, with a possibility of extension

Commitment: 25 hours per week including evenings and weekends

Remuneration: $20.62 / hour

About The VTL

The Vancouver Tool Library Cooperative (VTL) is a co-operative tool lending library at 3448 Commercial Street. We are a safe and inclusive community resource that facilitates consistent and affordable access to tools and related expertise through services, outreach and educational programming. We welcome all communities including women, non-binary people, LGBTQ2S, black people, indigenous people, people of colour, low income people, people with disabilities and intersections of the above. Our actions reflect our commitment to environmental sustainability and waste reduction.

Position Description

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for the management, coordination and delivery of the VTL’s core operations and services. As the only paid staff member of the VTL, the General Manager is responsible for a wide variety of tasks and requires a high degree of personal organization to be successful. Maintaining numerous relationships within the organization and with the broader community is important to the VTL and so excellent communication skills are essential to this role. The ideal candidate will be thorough and hard-working, understand what leadership means and contribute to a positive and inclusive atmosphere.

General Manager’s Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work two to three shop shifts per week at the VTL’s location.
  • Ensure the shop is clean, safe, organized and welcoming for members.
  • Recruit, schedule and train volunteers in a variety of roles, including shop volunteers, workshop facilitators, events volunteers and volunteer coordinators.
  • Enroll new members to the library and promote the renewal of existing memberships.
  • Effectively manage and maintain the tool inventory and ensure its utility for VTL members.
  • Reliably update and maintain our website, social media and other communications.
  • Identify opportunities for, and coordinate, VTL events and workshops including our monthly “Intro to Tools” workshop.
  • Build partnerships with other community organizations and foster cross-pollination among like-minded groups.
  • Work effectively with the direction and assistance of the Board of Directors.
  • Provide a shop update for the Board of Directors at monthly meetings and attend other appropriate business engagements.

Qualifications of the Applicant

  • Experience in a managerial role is essential.
  • Experience in a tool- or trade-related field is essential.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation and the ability to exercise good independent judgement and take initiative.
  • Ability to complete daily/routine tasks consistent with the ‘bigger picture’.
  • Knowledge of how to fix and maintain a variety of tools and equipment is an asset.
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment and with a volunteer board is an asset.
  • Experience working in volunteer coordination and management is an asset.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and in a professional manner.


  • Grow your personal network by working in one of Vancouver’s most dynamic and innovative community organizations.
  • Learn and gain professional experience in a leadership role.
  • Be part of a progressive organization with a diverse membership that provides tool and skill access to people of all identities, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Opportunity to develop skills with the tools and equipment used by makers, renovators, gardeners, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts.
  • An opportunity to work closely with a passionate, skilled and fun group of volunteers.

The Vancouver Tool Library is committed to employment equity. Applications from members of the LGBTQ2S community, indigenous peoples, persons of colour, women, and people with disabilities are encouraged. Unfortunately, our shop is not fully wheelchair accessible at this time.

Please send your resume and a statement of interest to The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. We look forward to hearing from you!

Join the VTL Board of Directors!

The Vancouver Tool Library (VTL) is looking for new Directors. Please consider nominating individuals you believe will make a positive contribution to Vancouver’s favourite cooperative tool library.

Or run yourself! If you’re interested, contact the nominations committee by emailing We can provide you with additional information and answer any questions you may have.

New Directors will be elected by the membership at our Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 28th, 2017 at 7pm at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. Nominations close at the AGM.

About you:

An ideal Director is passionate about cooperatives and the sharing economy, and motivated to make positive change in our community. You don’t need to be a tool expert! Here are some qualities and experience that we believe a good candidate would posses:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Understanding of cooperatives and the cooperative values;
  • Recent board, governance, or non-profit service;
  • Grant writing and fundraising;
  • Community inclusion and safer spaces facilitation;
  • Well connected and networked within cooperative, non-profit and community organizations
  • Cooperative/non-profit planning and development skills;

About us:

The VTL is a cooperative community resource, run by its members for its members. We are motivated by a vision of our community empowered by the tools and skills needed to transform their homes and neighbourhoods into vibrant spaces that reflect a commitment to sustainability. We are dedicated to
taking a proactive and responsive approach to managing our organization, and adhering to the values of inclusivity, empowerment, community building, member participation, and sustainability in all that we do.

About the position:

The VTL Board of Directors supports a vibrant, six year old community organization. With the help of more than a dozen volunteers and a part-time General Manager, the Board oversees operations to ‘protect and direct’ our co-op. As volunteer, elected representatives, Directors must ensure the
organization respects the will of the membership while staying aligned with our rules and vision.

Directors serve a two year term and are expected to contribute at least 10 hours per month to their duties. This includes attending a monthly board meeting and participating in other ongoing projects.

Equity and inclusion:

The Vancouver Tool Library is committed to including and empowering marginalized members of our extended community. We are also aware that structural oppression and discrimination impacts our organization and board composition. In particular, we recognize that ‘maker spaces’ such as the VTL can often be exclusionary along lines of ability, gender, race and age. We work hard to address this in our organization and hope to build a diverse, inclusive cooperative that deeply serves our community.

The current Directors strongly encourage candidates who self-identify with a group that may face barriers to participation in the VTL. This includes, but is not limited to, women, people of colour, people with a disability, indigenous, trans, and queer folk. If you have any questions or concerns regarding running for the board, please speak to our General Manager or any of our current Directors.

The Vancouver Tool Library acknowledges that we organize and work on the unceded Traditional Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

If you are interested in joining the VTL Board or want to know more about the positions, please email the nominations committee at Your help distributing this call for applicants is appreciated.

Our AGM is coming up! You’re invited!

VTL 2018 AGM

Monday, May 28thgarage-sale-1
@ Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, 4065 Victoria Dr.

We’re inviting all of our members to come out to our Annual General Meeting on the evening of Monday, May 28th! This is your opportunity to come and get an update from the VTL Board of Directors about our past year, discuss the future of the VTL, and voice any ideas, concerns or thoughts! We’ll also be electing some new board positions. There will be snacks and refreshments!

We’re looking for a Financial Coordinator and Tool Coordinator

garage-sale-1The Vancouver Tool Library is seeking a volunteer Financial Coordinator and volunteer Tool Coordinator. These two roles are vital to VTL’s operations and require dedicated, reliable individuals to manage these profiles. If you are interested in volunteering with the VTL in either of these roles, please email
Volunteering with the Vancouver Tool Library is a super rewarding experience! By volunteering, you’re joining an amazing team of progressive, handy people who are working to make our community more sustainable and resilient through the sharing of tools and skills. Also, after volunteering for 3 months, VTL volunteers have their annual memberships waived. Get in touch with us and get involved!
Financial Coordinator
Approx. 8 hours/month
– Works with the Treasurer to oversee the finances of the Tool Library.
– Works with the General Manager and other coordinators to develop and maintain ongoing budget.
– Produces a monthly financial statement for the Board of Directors.
– Deposits cash on a monthly basis.
– Responsible for the payment of rent and bills.
– Responsible for staff paychecks.
– Bookkeeping for a small non-profit.
– Delivering financial reports to a Board of Directors.
– Experience with Xero accounting software is an asset.
Tool Coordinator
Approx. 10 hours/month
– Procures, organizes, and maintains the VTL tool collection to ensure member needs are met and exceeded.
– Works closely with General Manager to develop accurate tool purchase and repair expense budgets.
– Ensures that weekly tool maintenance checks and inventory updates are being done and repairs or replaces tools as necessary.
– Ensures inventory of consumable tool accessories (eg. saw blades).
– Develops tool information packages including a comprehensive safety plan.
– Coordinates the actions of the Tool Committee to aid in meeting the above responsibilities.
– Maintaining and repairing power tools and hand tools.
– Managing an inventory.
– Awareness of tool purchasing.