A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Board of Directors Purpose:
To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of BCHS, so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.
Major Roles and Responsibilities:
• Organizational leadership and advisement
• Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
• Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
• Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
• Oversight of strategic program planning and evaluation
• Actively serve on two committees (Development, Finance, Gala, Programs, etc.)
• Promotion of the organization
• Fundraising and community outreach
• Personnel evaluation and staff development, including ensuring strong CEO leadership
Length of Term: One-year for the first year, with anticipated renewal for a second three-year term, pending approval of the board members of BCHS in accordance with the not-for-profit laws of New York State.
Meetings and Time Commitment:
• Attend and participate in four board meetings annually, usually at BCHS downtown Brooklyn Chapel Street facilities. Board meetings are held on the last Tuesday in June (8:30 a.m.), September (6 p.m.), December (6 p.m.), and March (6 p.m.).
• BCHS Board committees meet or conference call four to six times per year, depending on their respective work agendas. The Events/Gala Committee meets 2-3 times per year and has calls every two weeks prior to the gala. The Executive Committee meets monthly.
• Board members are expected to attend the annual spring gala and one other special event per year: friendraisers, volunteer days, press events, site tour, etc.
Expectations of Board Members:
Leadership, Governance and Oversight:
• Serve as a trusted advisor to Executive Director Jeff Nemetsky and the board to develop and implement BCHS’s strategic and fundraising plans.
• Review outcome reports created by BCHS’s staff for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics.
• Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings, and present outcomes from committee work, as needed.
• Approve BCHS’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; be informed of and meet all legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
• Partner with the executive director, Board Chairperson Jens Peter Hansen, and other board members to ensure that board governance resolutions are carried out.
• Assist BCHS’s executive director, Committee of Trustees, and Board of Directors to identify and recruit other board members, gala honorees/sponsors, and major donors.
• Serve on two committees and take on special assignments or leadership roles. Committees include: Executive, Building, Development, Events/Gala, Finance (and Audit subcommittee), Program, and Trustees.
• Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the executive director, if needed.
• Represent BCHS to stakeholders and the public; act as an ambassador for the organization and advocate for homeless individuals, especially those that are mothers with young children, veterans, repeatedly incarcerated, and individuals with severe mental illness.
• Be alert to housing, public health care, and human rights concerns in the U.S. and New York’s local communities that can be addressed by BCHS’s mission, objectives, and programs.
• Ensure BCHS’s commitment to a professional, diverse, and passionate board and staff.
• So that BCHS can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, BCHS has a 100% board giving policy (and a track record of almost 100% giving over the past several years).
• BCHS’s board members agree to make a minimum annual contribution of $5,000 in financial support. This can be achieved by direct donations or securing support from others. Additional personal donations and help securing monetary and in-kind donations from others is always deeply appreciated.
• Board of directors consider BCHS a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. By personally contributing, board members recognize this responsibility and demonstrate a commitment to BCHS’s sustainability and growth.
BCHS is actively developing a pipeline of capable and passionate prospects for its high-performing, all-volunteer board of directors. At this time BCHS is seeking to add board members who can provide the knowledge and diversity of various perspectives. BCHS’s current board recruitment priorities include:
• Senior corporate executives most notably with professional experience in finance, banking/trusts, health care/medicine, human resources, community development, and technology/systems.
• Philanthropy and corporate social responsibility executives with a keen interest in human rights advocacy, fundraising, not-for-profit leadership diversity, and engaging employees in philanthropy.
• Marketing/Public Relations executives with professional experience in the media and entertainment industries.
• Past board governance experience and ties to Brooklyn preferred.