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Cause Areas

When

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

Where

186 Alewife Brook ParkwaySte 212CambridgeCambridge, MA 02138

About

The Board of Directors advances the work of Essential Partners (EP) through mission-based advocacy, direct and indirect financial support, cultivation of strategic relationships, and organizational leadership (ethical, legal, etc.). While day-to-day operations are led by Essential Partners’ Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is an essential partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board in organizational activity is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as trusted advisor to the ED as they develop and implement EP’s strategic plan;

  • Determining benchmarks and metrics used to evaluate EP’s success / impact, and regularly measuring its performance effectiveness using those standards; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings;

  • Approving EP’s annual operating budget, audit reports, and material business decisions together with the ED; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities;

  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED;

  • Assisting the ED and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting new Board Members;

  • Working with ED and other Board Members to ensure Board resolutions are carried out;

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments as able;

  • Representing EP to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization;

  • Ensuring EP’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities we serve.
Fundraising EP Board Members must consider the organization a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that EP can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, corporate sponsors, organizations, and individuals, EP expects to enjoy 100% of Board Members to "give or get" contributions totaling a minimum of $5,000 per year.
Board terms and participation EP Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for up to two additional terms (for a maximum of three consecutive terms). Board meetings will be held quarterly and ad hoc / committee meetings will be held in coordination with full Board meetings. In-person attendance is preferred.


Skills

  • Financial Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Business Development
  • Management

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Quarterly meetings, ad hoc meetings, networking
  • Events and advocating the mission to current and prospective supporters

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