Volunteer: Join our Junior Board of Directors!
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Partnerships for Trauma Recovery
Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Location: Berkeley, California
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Schedule: Estimated 4 hours per week, including evening and weekend meetings/events as necessary
Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses including war, torture, forced displacement, human trafficking and persecution due to identity and beliefs. At our Bay Area-based Mosaic Healing Center, we: (a) Provide culturally aware, trauma-informed and linguistically accessible mental health care for refugees, asylees, asylum seekers and human trafficking survivors, (b) Expand clinical capacity to serve these populations, and (c) Advocate for policies to prevent trauma and retraumatization.
With combined expertise gained through over twenty years of providing clinical services to survivors of war trauma, torture and persecution, and in-depth experience implementing international human rights programming, our team integrates the fields of global mental health and human rights to expand the range – and increase the depth – of psychosocial support for this highly vulnerable population. Partnerships for Trauma Recovery invites individuals with a passion for human rights and healing to join our Board of Directors. Current Board members include experts in the fields of psychology, human rights, law, policy advocacy and corporate giving.
Are you interested in gaining leadership experience and experiencing the behind-the- scenes workings of a 501c3 non-profit organization? Are you motivated to make an impact in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled violence in their countries of origin and now seek to rebuild their lives in our San Francisco Bay Area communities? If so, PTR invites you to apply for our Junior Board Member position.
Reporting to, and working directly with, our Board of Directors and Executive Director, you will help support the operations of a fast-growing nonprofit organization dedicated to healing and human rights. As a Junior Board Member, you will take on instrumental roles including:
(a) leadership as a Junior Board member and building out the Awaken Hope Committee
(b) event planning
(c) supporting the Board of Directors
(d) facilitating awareness through PTR Social Media
Working with individuals from Genentech, Asylum Access, Latham & Watkins LLC, and other institutions, the Junior Board Member will have the opportunity to network and collaborate alongside high-level professionals in the fields of law, health, corporate giving, advocacy and international justice. S/he will also gain experience in programmatic and administrative aspects of a nonprofit.
The ideal Junior Board Member will be a people person who enjoys building relationships for a good cause, be highly organized, a strong critical thinker and have an ability to work on a variety of projects at once. We especially encourage motivated individuals who reflect the diversity of our client population which spans 29 countries throughout the world including countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Junior Board Member’s responsibilities will include the following activities:
- Ownership of a distinct leadership role on the junior board (Event planning, Treasurer, Social Media, etc.) and contributing to Junior Board activities.
- Building out the Awaken Hope Committee of energetic, motivated individuals interested in planning awareness-raising, fundraising and fun events to expand the PTR community of advocates.
- Stay informed about PTR’s mission, strategic plan, policies, and programs;
- Represent PTR with enthusiasm, maturity and professionalism to the public and actively promote the cause along with Board members;
- At least a bachelor’s degree along with professional experience that has strengthened skills relevant to this position;
- Proven ability to take initiative and follow through on assignments;
- Excellent outreach and relationship-building skills;
- A passion for working for social change and human rights and an ability to inspire others to do the same;
- Solid verbal and written communication skills and an ability to absorb and communicate new information effectively;
- Maturity, passion, initiative and an ability to creatively problem-solve and work collaboratively with staff and other volunteers;
- Excellent organizational skills and self-discipline in meeting deadlines for deliverables;
- Comfort with computers including Microsoft Word, Excel and the Internet.
Benefits to the Junior Board Member
- The opportunity to work for a human rights organization here in the San Francisco Bay Area alongside a staff with expertise in the fields of human rights field and global mental health.
- The opportunity to meet and network with a variety of distinguished non-profit, business, and legal professionals whose expertise are well-known in their respective fields.
- The opportunity to work on issues related to refugees and asylees, a topic with significant media attention and public debate at this time.
- The chance to develop written materials that may be used for programming, fundraising and/or communications for social media outreach.
- A strong and detailed recommendation letter based upon performance, as requested.
Candidates must be available for a minimum of 3-4 hours per week, and must be present for most, if not all, Board of Director meetings. Proposed start date is February 1, 2017, but this date may be discussed. This position has no financial remuneration.
How To Apply
To apply, please send an application with the title “Junior Board Member – [Your First and Last Name]” including a cover letter and a resume/CV to email@example.com by Feb 1, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact us via this email address.