This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about DBI’s mission and who has a record of accomplishment of community leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in their respective business, community, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. The Board will support the work of DBI and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by DBI’s Executive Director, the Board-E.D relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is critical to the overall success of DBI.
DBI Board responsibilities include:
● Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as she develops and implements DBI’s strategic plan.
● Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
● Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management of DBI
● Approving DBI’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
● Assisting the organization with fundraising and resource development to ensure DBI has the resources needed to carry out its mission.
● Enhancing and uplifting the organization’s public’s image by representing DBI to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
● Assisting the E.D. and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
● Partnering with the E.D. and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
● Serving on committees
● Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
● Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year, if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
● Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
Each individual DBI Board Member is also responsible for the following:
Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
● Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
● Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
● Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
● Give a meaningful personal financial donation
● Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
● Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
● Participate fully in one or more committees
Currently, DBI has four (4) committees that provide oversight as well as insight that informs DBI day-to-day as well as its strategic visioning. Namely, these committees are the Executive, Internal Affairs, External Affairs, and Governance. Below is a brief explanation of each of the committees.
1. The Executive Committee is composed of the chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary and recommends actions for approval of the full board and sometimes acts for the board, within carefully defined boundaries, between meetings. They are also responsible for:
● Setting board meeting agendas in collaboration with DBI leadership.
● Acting as a grievance board for employee complaints.
● Handling any organizational crises.
● Lead the annual performance review for the Executive Director and DBI Leadership Team (who report directly to the board).
2. The Internal Affairs Committee is led by the Treasurer or Board Chair and oversees all internal and operational issues-including those related to finance, human resources, and facilities-are handled by this committee. They are also responsible for:
● Reviewing personnel policies and providing input.
● Reviewing budgets and providing input (to be voted on by full board annually)
● Ensuring consistency between the budget and the organization's plans.
● Reporting to the board any financial irregularities, concerns and opportunities.
● Developing fundraising guidelines and policies.
● Supporting and monitoring fundraising efforts to be sure:
o Ethical practices are in place,
o Donors are acknowledged appropriately and
o Fundraising efforts are cost-effective.
3. The External Affairs Committee oversees all external issues-including policy priorities, fundraising efforts, actions and public awareness efforts. This committee is responsible for:
● Assisting with the creation and implementation of DBI’s communications/policy reform strategy to effectively disseminate information and enhance the organization’s image.
● Reviewing and providing input on existing communications strategies and policy reform programs.
● Assisting with the development and implementation of fundraising strategies (it is the responsibility of all board members to assist with fundraising but guided by this committee).
● Assisting with, and involving board members, in fundraising activities.
4. The Governance Committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the board. It recruits new members, conducts orientation and evaluates the performance of the board itself. This committee is responsible for:
● Identifying, recruiting and orienting new board members.
● Preparing priorities for board composition.
● Meeting with prospective board members and recommending candidates to the board.
● Conduct orientation sessions for new board members.
● Organizing training sessions for the entire board.
● Evaluating the performance of the board.
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 addressing the criminal justice system and its harms on communities of color.
● Exhibiting personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of New Orleans youth.
● Professional experience with community leaders, accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
● Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building a consensus among diverse individuals.
● History with assisting or leading the solicitation of grants in line with strategic goals (e.g., identifying grantors, providing testimonials, identifying partners, assisting with grant writing and site visits).
Review of interested parties will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
Please submit resume and cover letter. Include “Board Member” in the subject line. Please
email application materials directly to DBI’s Human Resources. (email@example.com) We will not accept calls.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about DBI’s mission and who has a record of accomplishment of community leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in their…