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Board Member for Award Winning Social Justice Nonprofit

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ORGANIZATION: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

  • 85 people are interested

WANTED: Leaders in the Fight for Social and Economic Equity

Support A Solution-Driven Local Nonprofit!

The BOSS Board of Directors governs the award-winning work of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), a Bay Area nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income families and individuals in Alameda County. While day-to-day operations are led by BOSS Executive Director (ED), Board Members provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about BOSS’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership.

BENEFITS of Board Membership:

Being part of the BOSS Board will give you invaluable on-the-ground experience in the fight against poverty and homelessness, and a deep understanding of the network of local, state, and national public and private agencies that are working to make a difference.

Board Membership brings ample networking opportunities, the opportunity to take part in exciting local events, training and skill-building, new friendships, and lifelong inspiration!


Leadership, governance & oversight: Board members advise the ED as he implements BOSS’s strategic plan; review outcomes and metrics to help BOSS evaluate its impact; review agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings; approve the annual budget and audit reports; ensure that the agency meets all legal and fiduciary responsibilities; help evaluate and support the ED; assist with ensuring a diverse and well trained Board; participate in working committees; and represent BOSS in the community.

Fundraising: Board Members will consider BOSS a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. BOSS expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Meetings and Terms. The full Board meets quarterly, usually on a Monday at 6PM at the BOSS administrative office or sometimes at a selected program. Committees meet monthly or as needed. Terms are two years, with approximately half the Broad elected each year.

QUALIFICATIONS of ideal candidates:

  • Extensive experience with executive leadership accomplishments in public, private or nonprofit sectors (experience currently sought in real estate, health/human services, or law enforcement)
  • A commitment to and understanding of the communities BOSS serves
  • BOSS values diversity and seeks Black Indigenous Persons of Color (BIPOC)
  • Lived experience is a plus (justice system involvement, homelessness, poverty)
  • 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 BOSS’s beneficiaries

Service on BOSS’s Board of Directors is voluntary and without remuneration.

Thank you for your interest in being part of our team!

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About Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency


1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704, US

Mission Statement

Our Vision BOSS believes in building a community where everyone has access to affordable housing and the means to care for themselves and their families, and where there is inclusive participation in community decision-making. Our Mission BOSS's mission is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Our Values In order to be most effective, BOSS strives every day for excellence in behavior and ethics, excellence in service delivery, excellence in systems, and excellence in leadership. Our relationships are guided by the principles of active compassion, courtesy, and dignity.


Since 1971 BOSS has provided housing and services to over 1,500 homeless people each year. We have programs for both single adults and families with children. Most BOSS participants are dealing with multiple challenges: mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, illiteracy, lack of job skills, social isolation, trauma, and entrenched feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness. BOSS programs focus on teaching life skills, connecting people with community resources, and creating supportive and positive environments that motivate people and build hope.

Our services address 4 areas:
- HOUSING: Shelter, transitional/special needs housing, permanent housing assistance.
- HEALTH: Physical and mental health services, medication monitoring, drug/alcohol recovery counseling, socialization, case management for the seriously mentally ill.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Job readiness assessments, resume-building, job search assistance, job development with employers, job creation, adult education.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Community building, leadership development, and collaborative action campaigns on targeted policy goals.


Homeless & Housing
Justice & Legal
Employment, Homeless & Housing, Justice & Legal


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1918 University Ave. #2ABerkeley, CA 94704



  • IT Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Accounting
  • Urban Planning
  • Fundraising


  • People 55+


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  • Must be at least 18
  • 4 hours or less per month, on average

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