Board Member

  • Oakland, CA, US

Step 1: Register for a Discovery Session (BAWT hosts a monthly open house orientation for the interested volunteers and the general public.) Discovery Sessions take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 6‐7:30pm, in BAWT's Oakland Headquarters (1050 E 8th Street, Oakland). Click here to register.

Step 2: Complete and submit an application. You will find the application form and submission instructions here.

For further questions please contact Anna Edmondson, BAWT Board Recruitment Manager, at anna.edmondson@gmail.com, Cell/Text: 510-543-8662.

Be a part of the movement for equity and access to the outdoors for low-income youth and youth-of-color. Bay Area Wilderness Training is seeking dynamic, potential leaders with resources and connections to serve on its Board of Directors. This is an opportunity for professional growth, leadership development, community engagement, and service.

We're looking for people like you who are:

  • Able to attend and prepare for committee and board meetings
  • Willing to make a financial commitment
  • Willing to assist at programs and events
  • Supported by a family and employment situation that enables participation
  • Recognized as collaborative decision makers
  • Committed to BAWT's mission and goals
  • Able to exercise appropriate judgment and oversight
  • Inspired by our mission

Plus you possess AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • Recognized as a community leader
  • Prior experience on a nonprofit board
  • Knowledge or experience pertinent to BAWT's programs, marketing, operations and/or fundraising needs
  • Represents program constituency or has other specialized knowledge of a program area
  • Helps diversify the board in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or geography

Basic responsibilities include:

Fund Development

  • Annual "give‐or‐get" commitment of at least $1000. Commitment can be met by personal contributions, solicitations, or a combination
  • Develop and implement an individual fundraising plan
  • Represent the organization in and to the community
  • Recruit climbers to BAWT's Climbing for Kids fundraising climbs

Management

  • Be aware of the organization's program priorities
  • Evaluate the organization's existing programs against its stated purpose
  • Lend expertise and experience to the organization
  • Exercise due care in overseeing the activities of the organization
  • Select and evaluate the organization's executive staff
  • Seek to involve a diverse group of community members in the organization
  • Ensure that members of the Board reflect the communities served by the organization
  • Be willing to work respectfully
  • Correct and take responsibility for errors and oversights
  • Protect the organization by "playing the devil's advocate"
  • Be accessible to staff and to others Board members

Participation and Time Commitment asked of Board Members

  • Attend six Board Meetings each year. Board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December (third) from 7‐9:30 p.m. in our Oakland office.
  • Attend annual Board Retreat, usually a Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
  • Attend Into the Wild, our annual major fundraising event and fill at least one table with friends, colleagues, and others in your network.
  • Regularly attend Committee Meetings of at least one Committee. Current Committees include Development, Marketing, and Programs.
  • Annually attend one Discovery Session with friends/colleagues.
  • Individuals are asked to make a twoyear commitment to serving on the Board of Directors

Benefits (We work hard, but we love to play too!)

  • Access to great outdoor gear, training, and outdoor adventure advice
  • Creative, compassionate, and thoughtful work climate
  • Networking, skill-building, resume building
  • Collaborative environment
  • Knowledge and connections in the diversity, equity and inclusion youth outdoors space
  • Free training during board retreat and workshops
  • Close to BART Station
  • Carpooling to meetings is often available
  • Dinner provided for board meetings
  • Fun annual Holiday party, kayaking trip, hikes

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  • This volunteer opportunity can be performed from a remote location.

  • 1050 E. 8th Street
    Oakland, CA, US 94606
    See Map
  • Start and end dates:

    We are hoping to fill several positions for the Spring 2017-2019 term
  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    Occasional (weekly or monthly)
  • Times of day:

    Evenings
  • Days of week:

    Weekdays
  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule

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