Otis Wilson Charitable Association Board of Directors
Mission The Otis Wilson Foundation is committed to providing quality physical education programs that increase physical fitness, self-esteem and enjoyment of physical activity, so that children can be healthy and physically active for a lifetime. The organization was founded by Otis Wilson former Chicago Bear and super bowl champion
For more information, please contact Chlyla@theowca.org .
The Board will support the work The Otis Wilson Charitable Association and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
Leadership, governance and oversight
- Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as she develops and implements the OWCA strategic plan
- Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the OWCA for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
- Approving the OWCA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
- Representing the OWCA to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
- Ensuring the OWCA’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities we serve
Board Members will consider the OWCA a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that the OWCA can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, the OWCA expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacityBoard terms/participation
Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the OWCA’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of the OWCA’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
- 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 the OWCA’s beneficiaries
Service on the Board of Directors is without compensation.
- Business Development & Sales Management
- Grant Writing / Research
- Brand Development & Messaging
- Graphic Design / Print
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Quarterly Meetings