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Project Citizenship Board Member Job Description (posted March 23, 2018)

Project Citizenship works to increase the naturalization rate for legal permanent residents in Massachusetts and beyond.  Project Citizenship promotes awareness of the benefits of citizenship and works to remove obstacles and barriers to citizenship.  Project Citizenship provides free services that include screening, referrals, application assistance, as well as assistance with fee waivers and disability waivers.  Since 2011, Project Citizenship and its ten community partners have assisted more than 7,000 legal permanent residents from 152 countries around the world to begin their pathway to citizenship. For more information, visit www.projectcitizenship.org. 

Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Project Citizenship so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.

The Board will support the work of Project Citizenship and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Project Citizenship’s Executive Director, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Organizational leadership and advisement
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Personnel evaluation and staff development
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach

Board Members share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of Project Citizenship.  Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets quarterly.  Meetings typically last 90 minutes.
  • Committees of the board meet an average of four times per year, pending their respective work agenda.
  • Board members are asked to attend no more than two special events or meetings per year, as they are determined.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by Project Citizenship mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Help communicate and promote Project Citizenship mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with Project Citizenship finances, budget, financial resources and needs.
  • Financially support Project Citizenship in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as she develops and implements Project Citizenship’s strategic plan 
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Project Citizenship 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 Project Citizenship’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 Executive Director
  • Assisting the Executive Director and board in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 
  • Partnering with the Executive Director and other Board Members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out 
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments 
  • Representing Project Citizenship to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 
  • Ensuring Project Citizenship’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Project Citizenship serves

Fundraising

Project Citizenship Board Members will consider Project Citizenship a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Project Citizenship can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, Project Citizenship expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.  The goal for Board giving is $35k per year for the Board as a whole, or approximately $3k-5k per Board member in solicited donations.

Board terms/participation

Project Citizenship’s Board Members will serve a three-year term.  Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Project Citizenship’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 Project Citizenship’s clients, 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 the immigrant communities that Project Citizenship serves

Service on Project Citizenship’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Job Posting: Individual Gift Officer, Caritas Communities (posted March 23, 2018)

Part-time position

Starting Date: Immediately

Headquarters: Braintree, MA

Mission statement:

At Caritas Communities, we provide very low income individuals with permanent housing, support, a sense of community and expanded opportunities.  For more than 32 years, Caritas has helped fill the need for safe, secure housing in Greater Boston. 

To learn more: www.caritascommunities.org

Job responsibilities

A first of such positions for Caritas’ rapidly growing development shop, this 20 hour/week position requires a strategic, pro-active, and highly motivated development professional with a proven track record in fundraising. This position involves superior communication and social skills, as well as the desire to be part of a team-oriented environment. Successful candidates will have 5+ years of development experience with demonstrated success in major gifts, planned giving and annual fund solicitations. The Individual Gift Officer is responsible for helping to meet a department annual revenue target of over $2 million by increasing annual dinner gifts, annual fund gifts, and developing new planned giving donors.

This position will maximize support from individual donors in order to achieve annual goals, and help deliver development strategies combining annual dinner, annual fund, major gifts and planned gifts. They will: achieve and maintain the highest standards of relationship management and reporting; collaborate with the Executive Director, Director of Fund Development, Board of Directors and others to strengthen existing relationships with individual donors; execute meaningful points of engagement for our donors; and identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new individual donor prospects. Strong writing, public speaking, and strategic thinking essential.

Experience / skills / qualifications 5+ years of fundraising experience, proven front line fundraiser with experience developing a portfolio, and a track record of securing 5-6 figure gifts. Articulate, strategic, entrepreneurial, problem solver with a proven ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Highly motivated self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work collaboratively. Knowledge of fundraising databases and Microsoft Office.

This is a part-time exempt position.  This position is based in Braintree, MA with regular travel required in Boston and the Greater Boston suburbs. Full background check required. Travel using a personal vehicle is required in carrying out the essential duties and responsibilities. Expenses will be reimbursed.  Some night work required.

Caritas offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team that believes that nobody should be homeless and that affordable, supportive, safe housing is the solution. 

How to apply

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Kcassel@caritascommunities.org.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Grant Manager and Communication Writer, Caritas Communities (posted February 14, 2018)

Full-time position

Starting Date: Immediately

Headquarters: Braintree, MA 

Mission statement:

At Caritas Communities, we provide very low income individuals with permanent housing, support, a sense of community and expanded opportunities.  For more than 32 years, Caritas has helped fill the need for safe, secure housing in Greater Boston. 

To learn more: www.caritascommunities.org

Job responsibilities

Become a part of the strong team in Caritas’ rapidly growing development shop.  This position requires a thoughtful, pro-active, and highly organized professional with a proven track record in grant management and writing.

The Grant Manager and Communication Writer is responsible for telling our story in a heart-felt and strategic manner.  He/she will be helping to meet a corporate and foundation support goal of $300,000 - $500,000 per year.  This position will be charged with building upon the existing relationships and taking our grant revenue to the next level.  Affiliated tasks include research, managing and tracking a grants calendar, proposal submission, reporting and building a solid stewardship program.  He/She will additionally craft material for our publications and marketing initiatives.  These initiatives include, but are not limited to our website, newsletters, annual report, appeal letters, and social media.

Experience / skills / qualifications Successful candidates will have 3+ years of grant management/communication/development experience with demonstrated success.  Articulate, strategic, problem solver with a proven ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Focused self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work collaboratively and manage multiple projects and deadlines at once. Knowledge of fundraising databases and Microsoft Office.

This full-time position is based in Braintree, MA with some occasional travel required in Boston and the Greater Boston suburbs. Full background check required. Travel using a personal vehicle is required in carrying out the essential duties and responsibilities. Expenses will be reimbursed. 

Caritas offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team that believes that nobody should be homeless and that affordable, supportive, safe housing is the solution. 

How to apply

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Kcassel@caritascommunities.org.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

 

Board Member, RESPOND, Inc. (posted January 24, 2018)

Position Title:Director

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Time Commitment: Averages 2-4 hours per month

Term Commitment: Two years with expectation of 2 additional terms served for a total of six years

Primary Domain: Domestic Violence Services and Shelter City: Somerville

State: Massachusetts

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

RESPOND, Inc., a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, is New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Since its inception in 1974, RESPOND has provided safety and support to over 100,000 victims of domestic violence including adults, teens and children. Through its Community Program, RESPOND provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual counseling, education and outreach, support groups and children services. The Shelter Program provides safe, confidential housing and comprehensive supportive services to 8 families (up to 21 individuals) at a time. More information about RESPOND, Inc can be found at www.respondinc.org

Mission Statement: RESPOND partners with individuals, families and communities to end the serious public health issue of domestic violence. RESPOND strives to achieve its mission through prevention, intervention and education services that promote safe, healthy relationships.

RESPOND seeks qualified members to elect to the Board of Directors to help advance the mission of the agency.  The Board of Directors assists the organization in its work to end domestic violence in Massachusetts and beyond.

Board Member Responsibilities

1. Commit to the mission and goals of RESPOND, Inc. 2. Attend meetings of the Board of Directors in person.  Six meetings are scheduled each year.  Board members are expected to attend all meetings which are typically: scheduled in advance, held in the evenings and on a regular schedule (e.g., third Wednesday). 3. Serve on at least one committee and attend committee meetings.  Current committees include: Finance, Governance and Events. Committee meetings are typically held every other month and held by conference call. 4. Contribute expertise and participate in strategic development of the organization as well as the Board as needed. 5. Actively support the mission of RESPOND. For example, board members will attend the annual Gala fundraiser, annual meetings, Open Houses, vigils and other RESPOND fundraising or outreach events. 6. Make a personal contribution to RESPOND.  Every member of the Board of Directors is expected to make a financial contribution in addition to in-kind contributions of time and resources.  Board member participation is an important component in securing other financial resources. 7. Develop funding support. Assist RESPOND’s board and staff in its fundraising efforts by arranging introductions, signing letters to contacts and associates and otherwise opening doors to funding sources.  8. Represent RESPOND.  Be familiar with and speak, as appropriate, in support of RESPOND program and services. 9. Disclose any potential conflict of interest with RESPOND.

Qualifications:

  1. The primary qualification for membership of the Board of Directors is a passion for our mission.
  2. Expertise in fields directly impactful to the organization including (but not limited to) finance, legal, social services, PR/communications are especially sought at this time.
  3. Management/leadership experience in fundraising/event planning is extremely helpful.
  4. Diverse backgrounds are an added benefit to our board composition.
  5. Non-profit board membership experience helpful but not required.

If interested in learning more about the RESPOND Board member opportunity please contact Katherine Gates, Governance Committee Chair: katbuch@gmail.com