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Board of Directors

Contract Length: 3 year term 

Location: Remote

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Call to join the Board of Directors – Current and Future Vacancies
  • Are you interested in empowering Black female youth?

  • Are you energetic, passionate, community-driven, and focused?

  • Do you have 8-10 hours to volunteer each month?

  • Do you live in Canada?

If you replied YES to all of the above, we are interested in connecting with you!

 

Feminist-informed Future Black Female (FBF) is a non-profit organization that works to empower Black girls and women between the ages of 16 and 22 to take charge of their education and career paths as well as their social, political, and civic engagement.

We offer access to strong networks, skills development and advancement, and rights-based advocacy. Since 2019, FBF has successfully initiated and implemented numerous initiatives in collaboration with community partners and other organizations.

By joining FBF as a Board Director, you can play an important role in impacting the lives of Black girls and young women across Canada.  Board membership provides an opportunity for you to put your experience, drive, and leadership to work as you collaborate with other Board Directors in executing critical projects and action plans in support of advancing FBF’s strategic plan and priorities.  As a Board Director, you will get exposure to all of FBF’s programs and activities and have the opportunity to influence their future direction.  

If you have a commitment to female empowerment, cultural advocacy, and gender equality in your professional and personal life, we would like to hear from you.

 

Applications from individuals living in the Western, Atlantic and Québec regions of Canada would be of particular interest.  We are also in need of Directors with specialized knowledge and expertise in the areas listed below.

  • Fundraising

  • Financial Accounting

  • Human Resources

  • Law or Policy Analysis

  • General Administration/Executive Assistance

 
Board Director Requirements

Board Directors are responsible for upholding FBF’s vision and mission, setting the strategic direction of the organization, and ensuring the Executive Director and staff are effectively executing activities and delivering programs that will serve the best interests of the clients we serve.  Responsibility for day-to-day management of FBF’s operations is delegated to the Executive Director.

Building strong relationships and goodwill with the community, including donors, community partners, volunteers, and clients, is a vital part of serving on FBF’s board.  Board Directors are expected to support the organization's initiatives and help it to achieve its goals.

 

This can include:  participating in and promoting fundraising events and sharing details of FBF's programs and services on social media; supporting FBF’s advocacy and public relations efforts; and building general awareness within their networks of FBF’s overall purpose and impact.

 

Responsibilities of Individual Directors

Board Directors are expected to be strongly committed to the organization as demonstrated via a high level of attendance and participation in Board and Committee meetings.  In addition, Directors are expected to do their homework in advance of meetings in order to be prepared to address agenda items and be fully engaged in discussions and informed decision-making.

Additional expectations include but are not limited to:

  • Making best efforts to participate, as required, in:  strategic planning and orientation workshops; Board development workshops; seminars and other educational events that enhance their skills as Board members; and other special events (i.e., conferences, fundraising events, etc.)

  • Being informed about and staying up-to-date on the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.

  • Focusing on the discussions at hand and being prepared to deal with issues that may not be easily solvable.

  • Actively supporting ongoing Fundraising efforts by helping to generate outside contributions or making a personal financial contribution to the organization.

  • Suggesting possible nominees to the Board who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and the organization.

  • Keeping up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.

  • Following conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.

  • Assisting the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s financial statements, by-laws, policies, Terms of Reference, and Governance Manual.

 

Time Commitment

Board members are expected to attend a monthly meeting (2 hours) which is held virtually.  In addition, there are 3 standing committees of the Board:

  • Stewardship

  • Connection

  • Impact

 

Directors are expected to participate as committee members on at least one of the organization’s three committees and to attend the committee’s scheduled monthly meeting.

Directors may also be asked to participate on project committees that are established to deal with specific issues or develop initiatives on behalf of the Board.  Project committees are created as/when necessary and exist for a limited time period.

At some point during their 3-year term and for the duration of one calendar year, Directors will be expected to assume the leadership (Team Lead) for at least one of the organization’s three committees and/or one of its projects (Project Lead).    

 

How to Apply

FBF is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve.  That is why priority will be given to candidates that:

  • Identify as female, and

  • Are of African descent/Black

 

We also welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates selected for an interview.  If an applicant or a successful candidate requests accommodation, we will discuss their needs with them and make adjustments to support them. 

      USE THE FORM TO APPLY 

Your application should include: 

  • Your knowledge and expertise;

  • Your lived experience and values towards diversity, equity, and inclusion; 

  • Any previous experience working on a not-for-profit board; and

  • Confirmation of your availability/ability to meet the specified time commitment.
     

For more information, please email info@futureblackfemale.com

 

We thank all applicants for their interest.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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