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Bootstrap Villages | Chicago, IL
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Bootstrap Villages


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Published 4 months ago

Recurring
August 31, 2019
A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

There are folks with wonderful skills who might be reluctant to envision themselves in a board role. You may see board members as experts with lots of experience. In fact, the boards of all-volunteer organizations are among the best places in the world to gain experience and become an expert in managing people and organizations. We’re seeking people who are enthusiastic about our mission and open to growing as an individual.

OUR MISSION

Create and sustain longer term, transitional housing solutions for the unhoused combined with career and financial education.

OUR VISION

By establishing replicable models of new & empowering structures for rebuilding lives with education and community involvement, Bootstrap Villages will create a nationwide network of safe, healthy, and drug-free environments where people can live with dignity, learn, and get their feet back under them to walk into a brighter future. We’ll do this by staying agile in our problem solving, and coordinating with local municipalities and their specific needs for our combined interest in preventing future homelessness.

OUR CULTURE

Open. A word that embodies humility, grace, and the willingness to learn. Our doors and our minds are open to those who want to shift the homeless paradigm by embracing the work necessary to change destructive attitudes and behaviors within our society, and if necessary, within ourselves.

CORE VALUES

DIGNITY: All of humanity is worthy of respect. Give them radical acceptance. Remind them of their true value and worth. Treat them not as they are, but as the person they could become.

COMMUNITY: Create environments of trust strong enough to rebuild lives. Balance privacy with cooperation. Unite with our common, deep-felt concerns about home, family, and neighborhood.

SUSTAINABILITY: In it for the long haul. Our planet and our checkbook require a mindset of continual evaluation, experimentation, and re-evaluation of solutions.

YOUR ROLE AS SECRETARY & BOARD MEMBER

As the custodian of Bootstrap Villages' records, this role involves ensuring the organizational records are maintained according to law and are available upon request by authorized board members or executive management. This includes updating the organization's bylaws and maintaining its articles of incorporation along with keeping accurate and up-to-date records of its membership, board minutes, financial reports, and other important documents.

  • Maintains oversight of the minutes
  • Oversees other records of the Board, including the charter and any historical documents 
  • At the direction of, and on behalf of the Board, signs notes, contracts, and other official agreements
  • Researches organization records, when necessary, for information for the Board
  • Maintains records of Director; attendance at Board meetings; informs President of excessive absences
  • Maintains records of election and appointment dates of volunteers
  • Ensures that all official documents are safely passed to the next Secretary


Term: 1 year. This role is up for reelection every year on July 21, or at our annual meeting.

Time commitment: 8 hours per month during BSV’s start-up, capital-building phase

Qualifications: The best individual for this job will possess some or all of the following skills:

  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to interact with board officials, directors and the organization's membership, all of whom come from multiple business or cultural backgrounds
  • Attention to detail

Expectations:

  • 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 annually
  • 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

Legal commitments: Must be willing to sign our Board Member Code of Conduct, and Conflict of Interest agreements.

Annual contribution: We ask our Board Members to give an annual financial contribution that is meaningful to them.

BENEFITS

  1. As an officer of the Board, this position does not receive a salary. It is a volunteer role.
  2. You will have the ability to influence and guide a non-profit in it's early stages.
  3. Work with passionate, dedicated, and willing to learn volunteers.
  4. The opportunity to build a lasting, physical contribution to the affordable housing issues our country faces.

There are folks with wonderful skills who might be reluctant to envision themselves in a board role. You may see board members as experts with lots of experience. In fact, the boards of all-volunteer organizations are among the best places in…

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How to Apply

Please fill out our Google form. If you have any difficulties or concerns, you can reach us at volunteers@bootstrapvillages.com

Please fill out our Google form. If you have any difficulties or concerns, you can reach us at volunteers@bootstrapvillages.com

Location

Chicago, IL

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