Board Member Opportunity for Local Family Support Organization


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


6625 S. 190th StSuite B108Kent, WA 98032


Guided Pathways - Support for Youth & Families (GPS) is currently recruiting individuals to join the Board of Directors. We are families helping families. We empower and support families and youth struggling with behavioral, emotional or substance abuse challenges in navigating resources to achieve wellness and resilience.

The GPS Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance and sets policies to ensure GPS is run effectively, legally, and ethically. The GPS Board actively supports the organization by evaluating the work of the Executive Director and overseeing all activities of the agency by setting long range goals for the growth and development of GPS, approving the annual budget and by assuring the organization has adequate resources to support programs and the overall mission of GPS.

Board Members should be willing and normally able to:

  • Commit to a 1--3year board term.

  • Attend monthly Board meetings, plus special events such as the Board Retreat and occasional social and outreach events.

  • Serve on 1 Board Committee and/or Task Force/Working Group, and carry out related responsibilities.

  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings and be prepared to engage in dialog and decision making.

  • Be informed about the GPS mission, services, policies, and programs.

  • Make GPS a philanthropic priority and make an annual, personally significant gift that reflects that priority.

  • Participate in fund development activities, including attending annual fundraising events.

  • Serve as a GPS ambassador and introduce GPS to own circle(s) of influence.

  • Follow conflict of interest, ethics, and confidentiality guidelines.

  • Recognize that differences of opinion will arise between board members, but once the Board has made a decision, each board member needs to accept and support the decision.


  • A passion for and commitment to the GPS mission, vision, and goals.

  • Proven track record of working in and/or directing teams and willingness to take on leadership roles.

  • Experience in at least 1 relevant area: Experience parenting a child with serious mental health and/or substance abuse issues, knowledge of mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, school systems, public relations, advocacy, fundraising and/or fund development, grant writing, organizational development, finance, human resources/personnel, new organization/business start-up, non-profit governance, strategic planning, organizational development, change/growth management, program development and expansion, finance/accounting and law.

  • Prior board experience is highly desirable.

    Time Commitment

    Members should be prepared to invest about 5-10 hours per month, typically:

  • 3 hours to prepare for and attend Board meetings (12 per year calendar year)

  • 1-3 hours for committee work (per committee)

  • 2-4 hours for special tasks, meetings, events, and fund development activities.


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Networking
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Business Development
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-10 Hours Monthy

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