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Center for Independent Living, Inc.



The Center for Independent Living (TheCIL) provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large; TheCIL raises the expectations that those with disabilities have for themselves and their futures and provides people with skills, knowledge, and resources that empower them to help eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability and fulfill their personal responsibility to strive toward realizing their full human potential.


The Board will support the work of The CIL and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by CIL’s 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 s/he develops and implements CIL’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by CIL 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 CIL’s 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 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 CIL to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring CIL’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities CIL serves


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

Board terms/participation

CIL’s Board Members will serve a single three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional three-year 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 CIL’s mission. 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 CIL’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 CIL’s beneficiaries

Service on CIL’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and resume.

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About Center for Independent Living, Inc.


3075 Adeline St., Suite 100, BERKELEY, CA 94703, US

Mission Statement

The Center for Independent Living (The CIL) provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large.


Founded in 1972, The Center for Independent Living (CIL) is the world’s first independent living center - a national leader in helping people with disabilities live independently and make choices about their own lives.

CIL provides services to people with all disabilities in Alameda and West Contra Costa counties.

In 2012, CIL staff provided direct services to 1,000 people with disabilities, gave tens of thousands more information and referral resources, and conducted over 50 trainings and workshops.

CIL Services include:

Employment Services

Travel Training

Independent Living Skills Training

Health and Wellnes Workshops for Seniors

Personal Assistance Resources and Referrals

Home Modifications (Ramps, Lifts, Bars)

Assistive Technology/Equipment Re-use and Repair

Youth Mentorship

Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Financial Auditing
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting & Dashboards
  • Cost Analysis
  • Financial Service Assistance


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+



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