Board Member Opportunity - Architects Without Borders Seattle



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


United States


AWB Seattle (AWB) is seeking talented and passionate leaders to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors. Board service begins in January 2019.


About AWB

Founded in 2005 by a group of Seattle architects and designers in response to a devastating tsunami, Architects Without Borders Seattle is part of an international coalition committed to providing pro bono services to build strong communities. AWB Seattle is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Volunteers are fundamental to our work as all of our project work is completely volunteer led and assisted. AWB’s one paid staff member is our Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors.


AWB Mission and Values

AWB volunteers collaborate with underserved communities to deliver ecologically sensitive, culturally appropriate, life-changing design.

Core Values:

  • Appropriate design solutions are vital to communities and the environment
  • Collaborative long-term relationships with communities are essential to providing effective design assistance
  • Exchange of knowledge and skills can empower both communities and designers
  • Interdisciplinary teams create innovative and insightful projects
  • Volunteer passion, energy and efforts make our work possible


Board of Directors Responsibilities

AWB Board members advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with leadership and general promotion of Architects Without Borders-Seattle (AWB) to support the organization’s mission and needs. Directors serve as ambassadors and guide the sustainability of the organization.


Board members serve as ambassadors by

  • reflecting the Mission and Core Values of the organization
  • strengthening relationships between AWB and the local community
  • advancing AWB’s mission and services
  • supporting activities to develop funding for the organization


Board members guide the sustainability of the organization by

  • understanding and adhering to the policies and procedures of AWB
  • developing organizational policy, and creating, reviewing, and evaluating organizational plans
  • engaging in strategic planning to establish long and short-term goals and priorities
  • overseeing personnel and staff accountability and development
  • recognizing and avoiding conflicts of interest
  • ensuring the organization’s fiscal stability by becoming familiar with AWB’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs; connecting AWB with sponsors, donors, and other funding opportunities; supporting AWB financially with a personally meaningful gift, a monetary donation


Meetings and Time Commitment

AWB Board members should commit in the range of 12-25 hours per month to AWB, distributed between the monthly board meeting, events, and work related to the organization as well as committee meetings. Each board member will participate and serve on at least one board committee, which aligns with their areas of expertise. The board will engage in an annual retreat of approximately 6-8 hours, usually held on a weekend day in February.


  • The board of directors meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in downtown Seattle at our office at 1101 2nd Ave
  • Committee meetings generally take place once per month for 90 minutes in person or by phone
  • Board members are also expected to attend at least three Projects Committee meeting each year (a monthly gathering of volunteer teams doing the inspiring work of the organization)


Desired Expertise

AWB Seattle originated from the passion and talents of a small group of designers. As our organization has evolved, we stay true to our roots by honoring the ‘can do’ approach of our founders. The organization currently has need for board members with specific areas of expertise, but all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. AWB currently seeks support in three core areas.


Finance – Assist with setting board’s annual budget, identify regulatory requirements, review of bookkeeping and general finances


Legal – Assist the organization with non-profit legal requirements and filings, review relationships with architectural and design firms, answer or outsource questions on contractual requirements, and work to limit organizational and volunteer liability


Marketing & Communications Assist with development and implementation of a communication strategy to amplify the organization’s mission and needs locally and internationally

How To Apply

To apply for a position on the AWB-Seattle Board of Directors, please send the following to by 5:00pm, Wednesday December 5th. Interviews will be conducted in December with offers to join the board extended by mid-January.


1.     A current resume with contact information

2.     A Statement of Interest replying specifically to board member responsibilities, and desired expertise listed above where applicable. Please consider the following questions as you compose your Statement of Interest:

  • What prompted your interest in joining the AWB-Seattle Board?
  • What do you know about AWB-Seattle, and what would you like to learn about us?
  • What challenges, issues, or needs would you like to address through service with the AWB Board?  
  • What areas of expertise, special skills, training, or personal qualities do you feel would be most important to your work on the AWB Board?
  • What will be the biggest challenges in sharing your personal time, energy, and financial resources with AWB? 
  • Are there any thoughts, questions, or concerns that may have come up while thinking about these questions that you would like to share with us?

Thank you for your interest in Architects Without Borders Seattle.