Advisory Board Member at Soccer Without Borders Seattle


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600 First AvenueSeattle, WA 98104


Soccer Without Borders Seattle

Start-Up Advisory Board Position Description


The Soccer Without Borders Seattle Start-Up Advisory Board will support SWB Seattle during its first years of operation in the Greater Seattle area. This Advisory Board will support SWB Seattle to deliver on its mission of providing newcomer immigrant, refugee and asylee youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. The board will offer guidance and accountability, supporting SWB leadership to balance the demands of the start-up phase of program implementation with a long-term focus on cultivating a strong foundation from which SWB Seattle can grow, thrive and be impactful in the lives of newcomer youth.


Strategic Guidance: Provide big picture thinking on the evolution of programming provided by SWB in the Greater Seattle area based on the needs and resources of the organization and community.

Network Building: Meaningfully connect local individuals, organizations, and entities to SWB Seattle to grow our local network of supporters and advance our reputation in the Greater Seattle area.

Fundraising and Social Enterprise: Support with the cultivation and stewardship of traditional philanthropic efforts (grants, annual giving, events, major donor recruitment) as well as the research, visioning and implementation of internal revenue generating activities.

Advisory Board Development: Formalize recruitment, onboarding and self-evaluation processes of the SWB Seattle Advisory Board with an eye towards growing membership and candidate pipeline.

Problem Solving: Support the SWB Seattle Director in finding solutions to difficult and complex issues that face the program.


Active Participation: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to enthusiastically attend and contribute at the in-person meetings. This includes completing pre-meeting work and preparation in a timely manner.

Engagement: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to stay informed about issues related to refugees and immigrants in Seattle, Washington; the US and the world (with help from the Director in accessing information).

Act as an Ambassador: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to serve as advocates for SWB within their networks and the larger community, sharing the organization’s mission accurately, effectively and authentically.

Integrity: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that enhances the positive image and credibility of SWB, avoids actual and perceived conflicts of interests, and honors sensitive matters with discretion.

Culture of Openness: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to exhibit a willingness to talk about difficult issues and resolve conflict with fellow members, the Director and the program.

Financial Support: Members of the Advisory Board are expected to make a personally significant contribution to SWB annually.

Time Commitment:

In person meetings: The SWB Seattle Advisory Board will meet four times a year. The first meeting of the year will be a half day retreat and orientation (on a weekend day). The subsequent three meetings will be two hours each. The first meeting of the 2018 year will be in February or March, on a mutually agreeable date for all parties. The remaining three meetings will be scheduled at the first meeting.

At-home work: Members will be expected to contribute an estimated 15-20 hours annually to support projects between in-person meetings and grow the SWB Seattle network.

Individual advising: Each member will offer an estimated 5 hours of individual advising to the SWB Seattle Director.

Additional Opportunities for Engagement: SWB Seattle Advisory Board members will be invited and encouraged to participate in additional SWB events throughout the year, including:

  • Programming events such as end of year celebrations and league or tournament games
  • Fundraising and networking events such as the annual Small Goals, Big Change adult soccer tournament
  • Events within the community where Advisory Board Members can represent SWB (as opportunities arise)

Accountability and Responsibility:

As an Advisory Board, there is not a fiduciary or governing responsibility as there is with a Board of Directors. This group offers advisory support in all of the same areas, related to the local context. The SWB Seattle Advisory Board makes recommendations rather than decisions, SWB is ultimately responsible for its own actions.

Despite not making official decisions, the Advisory Board is expected to act responsibly. To demonstrate this, Advisory Board members must consistently:

  • Abide by the terms established in this document, the Advisory Board Position Description
  • Exercise due diligence, using an appropriate level of judgement and care
  • Act in good faith, in the best interest of SWB
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Be diligent with regard to Advisory Board meetings and obtaining information
  • Respect confidentiality


  • Soccer
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Development & Sales Management

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 meetings/year, 30-40 total hrs
  • To apply send resume and paragraph describing interest to Lindsey Whitford

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