Imagine Housing Community Board Member


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Imagine Housing10604 NE 38th Pl, Ste 215Kirkland, WA 98033


The Organization

Imagine Housing develops permanent affordable housing in East King County. Our apartments provide individuals and families a stable place to live near good jobs and schools, and our communities create diversity, security, and hope for low-income households in a prosperous region.

Red Vines 1 is a subsidiary of Imagine Housing and is a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). Red Vines 1 (RV1) is dedicated to engaging representative community members in the operation of the organization and in the development of new affordable housing communities. Imagine Housing’s Community Board is the governing board for Red Vines 1.

Board Member’s Purpose

Each Community Board member shall act as a voting member of the RV1 Board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization; to act with fiduciary responsibility to care for the finances and legal requirements of the organization, avoid conflicts of interest, act in the interest of the organization rather than the member’s personal interest, and make decisions to protect the assets of the organization; to monitor the organization’s financial health, programs and overall performance; and to provide the Executive Director with the guidance to meet the needs of those the organization serves and execute the organizational vision in a sustainable way. Board members are elected for three-year terms, not to exceed 9 successive years. In addition to the duties and expectations listed below, Community Board Members are invited and encouraged to join Imagine Housing committees and participate in advocacy for affordable homes.

Board Member Expectations

  1. Passion for the mission and providing affordable housing and supportive services to people with lower incomes and those experiencing homelessness
  2. Demonstrated leadership and vision for a growing organization
  3. Involvement in strategic discussions and contribution of experience and insights to guide the future of the organization
  4. Attend at least 3 of the 4 meetings each year (usually held the third Monday evening of the months of March, June, September, and December)
  5. Earn Less than 80% of Area Median Income for King County ( Find your AMI % here)

Board Responsibilities

  • Adopt key operating policies and procedures
  • Hire and evaluate the Executive Director
  • Select and support the organization’s Board officers and periodically review their performance
  • Approve new Board members
  • Ensure that adequate funding is available for the organization
  • Monitor finances, including the creation and monitoring of annual budgets and investment of funds
  • Develop, update, implement and monitor a long-range strategic plan for the organization
  • Review and approve resolutions regarding ownership and operational structures, contracts and other elements related to housing development projects and other Red Vines projects
  • Support a positive and productive Board culture through leadership, active participation in meetings, question-asking, and participation in social time at some Board meetings/functions

Individual Board Member’s Duties

  • Become knowledgeable about the organization and positively represent the organization to individuals, the public and other organizations
  • Read quarterly Board reports and prepare for and attend quarterly Board meetings, annual Board retreats and other activities
  • Attend special events, groundbreaking ceremonies, property openings, and resident functions
  • Serve on at least one committee and perform committee work as required, including providing reports to the Board
  • Contribute to meetings by expressing individual points of view, listening to and considering other points of view, making constructive suggestions and helping the Board make sound decisions that benefit the organization’s mission
  • Show initiative and take on leadership roles within the organization
  • Collaborate with other Board members, staff and volunteers to advance the organization’s mission
  • Provide positive and constructive feedback to the Executive Director, including sharing any input received from members of the community
  • On average, Board members contribute five hours each month to the organization


  • Organization
  • Strategic Planning
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking
  • Advocacy
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Attend quarterly board meetings; ~5 hrs per month

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