Legal Advisor Board Member


Cause Areas

When

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

Where

The HiveVancouver, BC CA


About

The Organization:

PeaceGeeks is a global non-profit, volunteer organization that uses technology to build the technological, communications and management capacities of grassroots organizations who work to promote peace, accountability and human rights. We develop partnerships with these organizations to provide meaningful support designed to increase their skills, effectiveness and impact. We see a world where everyone can leverage technology to make peace and human rights a lived reality.

Position Overview:

The successful Board member will be expected to know what exceptional governance is, to practice it as a board member, and to remain apprised of new developments in the governance and regulatory environment. The Board member will be expected to help the PeaceGeeks’ Board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities and attend quarterly board meetings. You will be responsible for reading board materials in advance of the meetings and must come prepared to ask questions and actively participate in Board discussions. Board members will have the opportunity to also serve on subcommittees of the Board.

The Board member will collaborate with the Board and Management to evaluate the overall performance of PeaceGeeks, and will make recommendations for improvement, as required.

Responsibilities:

The Legal Advisor Board Member is both a Member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the newly created Compliance & Corporate Secretarial Committee, which is to be comprised of the Committee Chair, the Corporate Secretary, the Treasurer and one or more General Members. The Legal Advisor will:

  • Provide the Board, the Board’s Chair and PeaceGeeks’ Executive Director with general legal counsel in Board discussions and arising issues in the day-to-day business of PeaceGeeks, including the development of commercial contracts, non-disclosure agreements, personnel contracts, etc
  • Chair quarterly meetings of the Compliance Committee
  • Overseeing the Corporate Secretary in:
    • The planning and preparation of Board Meetings including preparing and distributing Board Meeting agendas and minutes for all Board meetings and;
    • Ensuring that PeaceGeeks’ reporting and governance frameworks are implementing measures to maintain compliance with of upcoming statutory changes to BC not-for-profit legislation.
  • Overseeing the preparation of Board Packages in coordination with the Executive Director and General Board Members
  • Ensuring that PeaceGeeks acts in compliance with Canadian law including by:
    • Ensuring that PGS and PGI file Annual Reports with the Province of BC within 6 months of fiscal year end in compliance with the BC Societies Act
    • Ensuring that PGI files Financial Reports with the Canada Revenue Agency within 6 months of fiscal year end in compliance with the Charities Act
  • Acting on behalf of the Corporate Secretary at times when the Corporate Secretary is unable to perform their duties

Qualifications:

  • The Board member will be admitted to practice law in Canada and have 5+ years of professional legal experience in a Canadian law firm or in-house. Preference will be given to candidates with particular experience in not-for-profit, international law and/or corporate & commercial law.
  • Experience serving on not-for-profit Board or volunteering with a not-for-profit is preferred but not essential.
  • An established track record working in a technology-driven and/or a business-to-business environment is preferred.
  • The Board member will be expected to maintain an impartial and appropriate perspective at all time in a professional capacity.
  • Knowledgeable of current issues and events locally and globally.
  • Board meetings will be held in downtown Vancouver and preference will be given to candidates that reside in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland of BC.

Benefits:

  • Make an impactful contribution to peace-building work in developing, non-democratic and conflict-affected places
  • Spearhead the vision and mission of a global not-for-profit that benefits grassroots organizations
  • An opportunity to learn about relevant international issues that PeaceGeeks work on
  • Partner with multinational teams across the world
  • Strengthen personal and professional development
  • Collaborate and network with an amazing group of volunteers and board members

Time Commitment:

The Board member will need to dedicate approximately 6-8 hours a month to PeaceGeeks by attending quarterly board meetings and quarterly subcommittee meetings, fulfilling general board responsibilities, and providing general legal counsel to PeaceGeeks’ Executive Director and Corporate Secretary, as required via phone, email, Slack or other appropriate channels. Board members are asked to commit to a minimum two-year term, with the option of reappointment at the end of the term.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to http://peacegeeks.org/volunteer.

Skills

  • Resource Development / Management
  • Fundraising
  • Business Development
  • Management

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • 6-8hrs per month

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