Volunteer Board Member



Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


275 Broadway
United States


Elizabeth Peabody House (EPH), a Settlement House, was founded in 1896 and was named in memory of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, the founder of the English speaking kindergarten systems in the United States. The mission of EPH is provide a broad array of educational, social and recreational services to address the essential and changing needs of families in the city of Somerville and surrounding communities.

A member of the EPH board has a vested responsibility for the stewardship of the organization. The board member's role is to guard the mission of the organization and to maintain high standards of accountability. Earning and maintaining the public trust is a key indicator for the board to have fulfilled its governance role.

The following broad categories define the board's overall responsibilities:

* Legal and fiduciary. The board ensures that the organization is operating according to the laws and within the framework of its mission. As fiduciaries, board members need to exercise reasonable care in safeguarding the organization's assets.

* Oversight. The board ensures proper management of the organization. It has the power to hire and remove the Chief Executive.

* Fundraising. As part of the fiduciary responsibility, the board needs to secure appropriate funding to carry out the activities of the organization.

* Representation of viewpoints. Board members are often appointed to bring the experience and varied perspectives of complementary industries and the organization's constituencies to the organization. Board members' professional experience may give them a unique point of view regarding the management of the organization, and a board member may be called upon to utilize that experience for the organization.

General Board Functions:

* Setting the mission and vision of the organization, and reviewing the organization's performance in achieving it

* Hiring and overseeing the Executive Director, including annual performance review and establishing compensation package

* Approving budget and ensuring the organization meets budget expectations

* Oversight of investment strategies

* Hiring an independent auditor, and assurance that published reports properly reflect the operating results and financial condition of EPH

* Determine eligibility for an appoint Board members and committees

* Ensure the organization has established and enforces appropriate policies to nurture and protect the assets of EPH

Individual Duties:

* Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events

* Actively volunteer for EPH-sponsored activities

* Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs

* Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

* Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments

* Make a personal financial contribution to the organization

* Inform others about the organization, and be a steward to current and potential contributors, partners, and donors

* Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization

* Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field

* Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies

* Refrain from making special requests of the staff

* Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements


* Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group

* Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself

* Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization

* Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, a sense of humor

How To Apply


Please apply with a resume, references, and any qualifications pertaining to the position to Kretcha Roldan, Executive Director, via email: kroldan@teph.org.