Board Member Position with Rainbow Center!

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Rainbow Center

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Through education, advocacy, and celebration, the Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community.

For more information, please visit our website at


The Board will support the work of the Rainbow Center and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Rainbow Center’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Authority and empowerment of the Board of Directors stems from the actions of the Board as a whole. Individual members do not hold any independent authority.

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight
  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as they develop and implement the Rainbow Center’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the Rainbow Center 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 Rainbow Center’s policies, annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the ED and board president 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 Rainbow Center to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring the Rainbow Center’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Rainbow Center serves


Rainbow Center Board Members will consider the Rainbow Center a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Rainbow Center can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, Rainbow Center expects to have 100% of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation

Rainbow Center’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held monthly 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 Rainbow Center’s mission and who has a track record of leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them 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 Rainbow Center’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 Rainbow Center’s beneficiaries

Service on the Rainbow Center’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for travel, and accommodation costs as approved by the board as a whole and in relation to Board Members’ duties.

More opportunities with Rainbow Center

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Rainbow Center


2215 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402, US

Mission Statement

The Rainbow Center's mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, advocacy, information and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organization with the south Puget Sound area. We find our activities falling into three general categories. Educate - to provide information to all individuals and groups about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Questioning/Queer and Allied individuals community in an effort to eliminate harmful stereotypes. Advocate - to ensure that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Questioning/Queer and Allied individuals receive the same basic human rights as all other citizens of pierce County, the State of Washington and the United States. Celebrate - to acknowledge pride in who we are as valuable creative members of a diverse population in this county, state, and country.


The Rainbow Center is a safe, accessible and welcoming community space for meetings, activities and events that strengthen the lives of people in our community. We support Greater Pierce County by providing a centralized source of information and referral for and about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. We provide visibility to the history, culture and diversity of our communities.

We believe that having a unified voice strengthens the community as a whole by contributing to the richness of diversity found in the South Sound area. We support other like-minded organizations by nurturing their development and providing opportunities for networking across differences. We are passionate about supporting the entrepreneurship of people demonstrating the initiative and talent to develop new opportunities for service and support. We offer free meeting space, participation in and financial support for special events.

Advocacy & Human Rights


We'll work with your schedule.


1701 Pacific AvenueTacoma, WA 98402



  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Networking
  • Problem Solving




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 Year Term. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings throughout the month.

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