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Who We Are:

 Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services has a proud history of service since 1836.  It is the remaining entity of the Colored Orphan’s Asylum, this city’s and the nation's first institution to serve the needs of orphaned black children.


Our modern mission is to develop the confidence, academic skills, and adult/family support that enables the children we serve to become responsible, self-sufficient adults. This is currently being achieved through our After School Programs that support academic and social development and our Family Support Programs that keep vulnerable children safe in their families with supervision, education and connection to a wide range of supportive services for all family members.


We were recently recognized with a New York State Senate 2020 Empire Award for how well our staff members continued to serve and surround our children and families with much needed services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Board Member Responsibilities:

We are committed to having a diverse board of directors that represents a cross-section of gender, race, culture, professional disciplines and businesses and levels of career experience (from early career through retiree).

The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the Executive Director focused on fundraising and governance. Our goal is to close unfunded budget gaps, raise funds for the operating budget and to create an endowment that ensures the future of this wonderful and historic agency. 

We are looking for people with knowledge and expertise that includes, but is not limited to marketing, social media, finance, law, social work, philanthropy, and event planning.   


Responsibilities include:


·      Monitoring performance regarding agency goals and objectives

·      Monitoring and evaluating agency budget

·      Planning and executing fundraising strategy

·      Acting as an advocate/ambassador for the agency

·      Leveraging their network for fundraising

·      Attending seven board meetings and two agency events per year

·      Leading/participating in a subcommittee

·      Contributing to a positive board culture of team work, communications and results


Term of service:  5 years

Time commitment:  Variable / 3 –10 hours/month

Financial commitment:  2.5K Give/Get

Expertise/Qualifications:

We are looking for people who are deeply interested in the communities we serve, our mission and legacy and who are willing to be leaders/team members in furthering the interests and sustainability of Harlem Dowling.

Whether you are in early in your career, or have deep experience and expertise we are looking for people with integrity and determination and a diverse mix of skills and knowledge:

·      Marketing

·      Social Media

·      Law

·      Finance

·      Social Work

·      Project Management

·      Website design, content, management


If you don’t see your expertise listed and you are interested in what we do and who we are, we want to hear from you.


Seniority Level: Early career, mid-career, current and retired senior executives.


Industry:

·      Social Service agency

·      Non-profit organization


Employment Type: Volunteer

Email resume, cover letter and inquiries to: kdixon@harlemdowling.org

EOE/AA





Who We Are:

 Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services has a proud history of service since 1836.  It is the remaining entity of the Colored Orphan’s Asylum, this city’s and the nation's first institution to serve the needs…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours
  • Recurrence
    One time only

Location

On-site
New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

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