Board Development Director

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by SAFER



Start Date



New York
New York
United States


About SAFER:

SAFER empowers student movements to combat sexual violence on college campuses. We generate knowledge that equips student activists with the evidence and resources they need to reform campus sexual assault policies. We envision a world where survivors receive support, schools are held accountable, and students hold the power to effect change.

Founded in 2000 by students at Columbia University, SAFER was one of the first student organizations to carry out a successful sexual assault policy reform campaign. Nearly two decades later, student activism has shaped how campus communities respond to sexual violence on campuses across the country. SAFER has evolved to become the only organization that provides students with the data-driven recommendations they need to effect policy change.

The Board Development Director acts as a project manager, responsible for the health and internal functioning of the SAFER Board of Directors. The Board Development Director:

  • Is responsible for distributing listings for open board positions, reviewing résumés and cover letters of applicants, conducting video and/or in-person interviews, contacting references, and facilitating board discussions about potential candidates
  • Facilitates on-boarding/off-boarding for new and departing board members, respectively, ensuring they are getting the support, resources, access, and contextual knowledge they need
  • Strategizes/plans for creation of new board positions, when appropriate, incorporating input and guidance from the rest of the board
  • Plans and facilitates the semi-annual weekend-long retreats, including scheduling, creating agendas, and procuring food
  • Works with the Board Chair to ensure board members are meeting deadlines and helps them find additional resources (time, expertise) from other board members as needed
  • Addresses and rectifies internal board member issues and conflicts, with support from the Board Chair as needed

Interested candidates should have several of the following:

  • Nonprofit and/or project management experience
  • An understanding of the movement to end sexual and gender violence and preferably experience working with an organization doing such work
  • At least two years of formal work experience
  • Experience with accountability processes and ability to work alongside and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Experience with Project Management and managing direct reports a plus
  • Experience in human resources a plus
  • Experience in conflict management, team building, and meeting facilitation a plus

If this sounds like an interesting and exciting opportunity for you, please send a résumé and cover letter to

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