VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBER (GENERAL), ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COALITION FOR WATER
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Times of day
A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
PO Box 188911
The best stuff first…
The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a non-profit organization that supports a grassroots coalition and body of programmatic work advancing environmental justice in water policy and management. We work in a “community-to-capital-to-community” framework that is fast-paced and strategic. We rely on humor, empathy, and candor to support one another, and we are professionally insistent in advocating for and with our community partners. Would you like to be stretched, challenged, and inspired by your volunteer work? If yes, keep reading.
The more specific stuff…
The EJCW Board of Directors comprises leaders from the grassroots, nonprofit, academic, advocacy, philanthropic, and for-profit sector, who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe that each and every organization needs a strong and effective board to fully realize its full potential to for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for EJCW to advance its mission.
Expectations of the Board as a Whole
Board members are expected to have the financial acumen to read and understand EJCW's financial statements and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year. They are expected to read board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.
Board members are expected to serve on one or more committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.
Board members are expected to play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for EJCW to achieve its mission. Board members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the development committee and staff identify and solicit potential funders, as well as directly invest in EJCW’s work by making a personal contribution each year.
Board members are expected to responsibly represent EJCW to their respective communities and to advocate for EJCW’s mission, programs, and services, as appropriate.
Board terms last for two years and board members can serve an unlimited number of consecutive terms.
As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:
- determining the mission and purposes of the organization
- selecting and evaluating the performance of the chief executive officer (CEO) on an annual basis
- strategic and organizational planning
- serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as the CEO develops and implements EJCW’s strategic plan
- ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
- approving EJCW’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- 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
- partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- assisting the CEO and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- ensuring EJCW’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities EJCW serves
EJCW Board Members will consider EJCW a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that EJCW can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, EJCW expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.
Expectations of Individual Board Members
Each individual board member is expected to:
- know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
- faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
- serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
- leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
- give a meaningful personal financial donation
- help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
- prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
- participate fully in one or more committees.
Further, board members are expected to:
- follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
- sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year, if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
- maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, academia, philanthropy, advocacy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of EJCW’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
- Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of EJCW’s clients, partners, and beneficiaries.
Desired Skills and Expertise
We are currently recruiting for diverse leaders with expertise in the following area:
EJCW seeks an experienced advocacy professional who has planned and implemented advocacy strategies and campaigns to support an issue or cause. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in advocacy in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase awareness about the importance of our mission, influence public policy, and expand our reach. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training.
More standard stuff...
- Physical demands include: sitting, walking, traveling, computer keyboarding, and listening for up to 6-8 hours per day on full-board meeting days.
- Must provide own car, car insurance, and phone; own laptop computer, a plus.
- Work environment and travel demands include: travel to other regions both within and, on occasion, outside of California. This position is based in California.
Cost Reimbursement (but, otherwise, no remuneration): Service on EJCW’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
Applications: To apply, e-mail resume or CV and brief letter of interest to <email@example.com>. Include "Board of Directors" in the e-mail subject line. No phone calls or hard copy documents, please.
Start date: As soon as possible, subject to negotiation. This position will remain open until filled.
Reasonable accommodation: If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please provide us, in writing, an explanation of the reasonable accommodation needed. Options: post mail to P.O. Box 188911, Sacramento, CA 95818-8911, SMS text or relay to (916) 432-3529, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.