Volunteer Posting 1127

Board Member
SafeLink Alberta
Southern Alberta
Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Brooks
flexible / as needed
closes in 8 days (Fri, 31 Mar)
SafeLink Alberta (formerly HIV Community Link) is an organization delivering services throughout Southern Alberta. As a non-profit organization, we work to reduce the harms associated with sexual activity and substance use. We serve and advocate for priority populations by offering low-barrier, non-judgemental, and informed programs and services.
At SafeLink Alberta, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work. SafeLink Alberta’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in all that we do. Diversity is more than a commitment at SafeLink Alberta - it is the foundation of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and any other difference that makes us all unique.
We are currently looking for board members to help us achieve our vision of inclusive, empowered, and healthier communities. SafeLink Alberta’s Board of Directors is a volunteer Governance Board. We are recruiting people with legal or medical expertise, as well as those from Medicine Hat/Brooks area. The board members will be supervised by the Board Chair/Executive Committee.
Objective: A Director is accountable to the membership for effective governance of the organization and advocacy for its mission, to the funders and donors for the financial responsibility of the agency, and to the community for the mission, vision, strategic direction and outcomes of the organization
Time Commitment:
· Time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per month.
· Board meetings are generally held on Tuesday evenings once per month. Times for committee meetings and other events vary.
· A Director is elected by the membership at the AGM for a two year term and may serve for a maximum of three terms (six years).
· Commitment to the vision and mission of SafeLink Alberta.
· A Director endeavors to be informed on the scope of organizational matters and participates critically, from a knowledge base, in Board deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, programs, and advocacy.
· Approve, where appropriate, strategic directions, policy and other recommendations received from the Board, its standing and ad hoc committees, and the Executive Director.
· Monitor the Board’s strategic plan and policies and review the bylaws.
· Participate in advocacy and development activities.
· Approve the yearly budget.
· Approve the hiring and release of the Executive Director.
· Support the Executive Director.
· Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members, volunteers, funders, supporters, and the community at large to enhance SafeLink Alberta mission.
· Board members are expected to regularly attend meetings of the Board, contribute to committee or project work on a regular basis, attend the AGM or other general meetings as called, be (or become) familiar with the features of a policy governance Board and take advantage of orientations and workshops.
· Support fundraising efforts, such as the Splash of Red Gala and other yearly donation programs.
· Respect SafeLink Alberta’s confidentiality policy and represent the organization in a professional and respectful manner while working with the community.
· Comfort talking about sexuality and substance use in a wide range of settings and cultures.
· Open to working with a team of volunteers in a diverse setting.
· Must possess strong communication, leadership, and advocacy skills.
· Previous experience with not for profit, other boards or committees is an advantage.
· A background in a medical or health profession, nonprofit governance, research/education, finance, marketing, law, or human resources is an asset.
· Board of Directors Orientation
· Other Training Sessions on applicable subject matter
· Participate in leadership roles, on the Executive committee or leading or chairing other work.
· Be an integral part of decision making for a leading non-profit agency in Alberta.
· Gain committee experience and the opportunity to network.
· Volunteer hours and participation will be tracked and can be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator for various purposes required by the volunteer, such as references (after completing 30 hours of volunteering).
· Opportunity to develop public speaking skills.
· Invitations to volunteer appreciation events, special agency events or workshops, and community celebrations.
· Receive the SafeLink Alberta newsletter and Volunteer newsletter.
Application Requirements:
· Volunteer application
· Submit a letter of interest
· Submit a CV
· Interview with the recruitment committee of the Board of Directors and/or the Executive Director
· Police Background Check
· Read and sign a Volunteer Contract and Oath of Confidentiality

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