Volunteer Posting 131

Board Director
Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Vancouver
flexible / as needed
closes in 12 days (Sat, 15 Aug)
POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society was founded in 2012 to support women parenting below the poverty line to build resiliency and keep their families intact. Together with our team of donors and volunteers, Mom2Mom connects women to others who can offer support, advice, resources and practical strategies to help alleviate poverty-related stress.  Motherhood can be challenging under any circumstance. The struggles faced by women raising children below the poverty line in a city like Vancouver – with the soaring cost of housing, food, childcare and transportation – make it really tough. Further, women who parent below the poverty line in Canada and in BC are disproportionately Indigenous and people of colour and that disparity is reflected in the cultural background of Mom2Mom participants. Mom2Mom strives to increase the social, emotional, and financial resources of program participants so that their poverty-related stress decreases, which has a tremendously positive impact on family life.

With a vision for the future where moms are connected to a community of caring, Mom2Mom is focused on developing a policy governance board and on developing long-term financial sustainability that will carry the organization into the future. Mom2Mom’s Board of Directors is currently seeking expressions of interest for 3-4 new Directors who are willing to let their name stand for election or appointment to the Board. 

The scope of work of Mom2Mom’s Board is: 1) Strategic 2) Fiduciary and 3) Generative. The board stewards the organization by determining, monitoring, and ensuring appropriate organizational performance. 

 
DELIVERABLES/DUTIES: 

The Board fulfills the highest fiduciary duties, including:

  • Fiscal accountability,
  • Hiring and monitoring of the Executive Director, and
  • Organizational outcomes.

In addition, collectively the Board is responsible for:

  • Guiding organizational thinking and behaviour, in partnership with staff, through the provision of clearly stated values and principles and being proactive in the identification and development of policies
  • Organizational monitoring
  • Performance evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Performance evaluation of the Board of Directors
  • Representing a positive image of the organization to the public
  • Contributing to sustainability planning and maintaining relationships with funders
  • Ensuring an independent audit of the Society’s accounts and financial affairs are carried out as per an appropriate schedule
  • Approving an annual report on the affairs of the Society that will be available to the public (with financial information consistent with the audited financial statements)
QUALIFICATIONS: 

Skills and Competencies

The Board, as a whole, shall reflect a broad range of backgrounds, skills, and experience. The specific competencies currently sought for Mom2Mom’s Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Accounting/audit or finance (e.g., Treasurer)
  • Indigenous background (status, non-status, Metis, Inuit) and/or knowledge of, and experience with Indigenous culture(s); familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a strong asset. 
  • Fundraising/fund development
  • Non-profit or charitable sector Board experience
  • Lived experience of poverty and/or parenting below the poverty line

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Mom2Mom has a clear purpose and a values-based culture. We have a strong organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and as such, strongly encourage applications from candidates who can provide an underrepresented perspective.

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 

Time Commitment

Board Directors should be prepared to spend between six (6) and 10 or more (10+) hours bi-monthly on Board and Committee matters. This would include a combination of both tele/electronic communications and in-person meetings; all/most meetings will take place at the SpencerCreo Centre in Vancouver (500-610 Main Street). We ask all Board members and committee volunteers for a two (2) year commitment, which can be renewed up to a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms. Note: during COVID-19 all meetings are by teleconference or video-conference (e.g., Zoom).

To apply: please send your expression of interest and current CV/resume to:  by August 15th. In your expression of interest, please tell us a bit about yourself, why you would like to join as a Director, and what you hope to contribute and gain from being involved with Mom2Mom. To learn more about us, please visit www.m2mcharity.ca. Please note that this is a volunteer position. 

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