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Note: Our next elections will take place in March, 2019. At that time, we will have up to seven board seats open for applicants. We are hosting a couple sessions to help neighbors learn about the board process, and what it means to serve on our board. Look for those on our calendar!
Board Member Job Description
Part-time Volunteer (appr. 4-10 hours a month)
The District 1 Community Council is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible non-profit organization. Our mission is to share knowledge and power, to organize and to advocate for the people who live and work in our neighborhoods. We build leadership to seize opportunities and to work for social and racial justice.
We are founded on values of equity so that – together – we may build civic leadership to influence decisions about the social and physical infrastructure supporting community in all its complexity. Our programs focus on civic involvement and organizing related to land use, economic development, and the environment and on youth engagement. The Council expects its board to reflect the varied backgrounds and interests of its constituents.
Job Title: Board Member
Location: Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek, and Highwood neighborhoods of St. Paul, MN
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The board of directors of the District 1 Community Council is legally responsible for all activities of the organization. The board sets goals, determines organizational policies that guide staff implementation of goals, provides financial oversight and approves and monitors the annual budget. Each member of the board also sits on one of the standing committees of the Council.
Each Board Member has the following six primary areas of responsibility:
Set policies, advise on annual plan, and recommend program activities. Approve annual budget and actively participate in financial reporting and oversight.
Help the organization raise money by any or all of the following:
- Establish a meaningful personal contribution;
- Help set fundraising goals with board and staff;
- Assist with the annual fundraising campaign (e.g., providing names of potential donors, solicit donations from individuals or businesses, assist with preparation, mailing, thank you notes or calls);
- Assist with solicitation of grants in line with strategic goals (e.g., identifying grantors, providing testimonials, identifying partners, assisting with grantwriting and site visits). (Note that board members are not allowed to apply for grants on behalf of District 1 without the approval of the Executive Director.)
Represent and promote the purposes and activities of the District 1 Community Council in a positive way to the community. Participate in planning and staffing community-wide events sponsored by the Council and our partners. Abide by the organizational policy regarding the use of Board member’s name in conjunction with political candidates. Promote, whenever possible, new interest in the goals of the organization. Clearly differentiate in public when speaking for the Council and when representing personal opinions. It is a board member’s responsibility to represent and consider the needs of the entire district in decision-making, not just their own interests or agendas.
Participate in leadership development opportunities. Participate in recruitment, orientation, and development of new Board Members. Encourage the development of key volunteers to take on future leadership roles in the organization.
Prepare for and attend a minimum of 7 Board meetings annually (3 unexcused absences shall be grounds for dismissal) and any scheduled committee meetings hours per month. Plan and participate as a volunteer in Council sponsored events and activities (10 – 15 hours per year).
Develop a basic understanding of issues that come before the board. Utilize staff expertise whenever necessary. Ask questions to help deepen and broaden understanding of issues. Board members should possess or develop the ability to be effective advocates for civic participation within their community and if needed, to the media. Board members represent the broader community – not just their own beliefs.
Experience and Qualifications
- Demonstrated interest in and support of the District 1 Community Council mission.
- Be a resident or stakeholder (employee, business owner, etc.) in District 1.
- Bet at least 18 years old.
- Commit to attending and contributing at meetings. The board meets 10 times per
Board members are not subject to term limits, but must comply with our Conflict of Interest policy.
Interested applicants should fill out a board application form in advance of the March election or as positions open and are posted.
Our goal is a board that represents the racial/ethnic, economic, and geographic diversity of our residents. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual identity, household or citizenship status.
Please submit materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the on-line application. If you have questions, please call 651-578-7400.