A few hours per month
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
4030 Willowbend Boulevard
Position: Member, Board of Directors
Mission: Plant It Forward Farms’ (PIFF) mission is to train and support former refugees to operate urban farming businesses throughout Houston. Plant It Forward builds a greener Houston by: growing fresh, local, pesticide-free vegetables and fruit; giving our farmers an opportunity to build a self-sustaining, free market enterprise in America for themselves and their families; and building our community by integrating our farms into neighborhoods.
We are a small but dynamic and growing nonprofit organization that is transforming the way Houstonians eat. We are the largest network of urban farms in Houston, run by the city’s most experienced farmers. We aim to be the top urban agriculture producer in Greater Houston, in both quality and volume, so our farmers can experience agribusiness best practices.
Position Description: Board Member
The Board Member will support the work of PIFF and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by PIFF’s President, the Board – President relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. PIFF’s Board reflects the organization’s mission and values, as well as Houston’s demographics.
Specific Board Member responsibilities include...
- Duty of care — actively participate, attend board meetings, be educated on the industry, provide strategic direction, and oversee management;
- Duty of loyalty — operate in the interest of the nonprofit and do not to use the position to further personal agenda;
- Duty of obedience — know the state and federal laws and regulations that apply and do not act outside the scope of the organization’s legal documents.
Leadership, governance, and oversight:
- Serving as a trusted adviser to the President as s/he develops and implements PIFF’s strategic plan;
- Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by PIFF for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings;
- Approving PIFF’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities;
- Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the President;
- Assisting the President and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other board members;
- Partnering with the President and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out;
- Serving on at least one committee and/or participating in task forces or on special assignments;
- Representing PIFF to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization; Ensuring PIFF’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities PIFF serves.
PIFF Board Members will consider PIFF a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that PIFF can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, PIFF expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. Furthermore, Board Members are expected to introduce the President to potential funders and centers of influence who may help the organization grow.
PIFF’s Board Members will serve a two-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for three additional terms. Board meetings will be held quarterly, and committee meetings will be held in between in coordination with full board meetings.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about PIFF’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector ;
- A commitment to and understanding of PIFF’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience;
- Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals;
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of PIFF’s beneficiaries.
Service on PIFF’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
Contact: Interested in joining and/or learning more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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