Board Member (volunteer)

This position has been filled.

The opportunity

Contribute to crucial governance oversight function for an ambitious and visionary international development organization as a member of the Board of Directors of Crossroads International.

Crossroads International, one of Canada’s foremost international cooperation organizations — has been fighting inequality for more than 60 years. We do this by bringing people together for a common cause, to create lasting solutions to overcome poverty and advance women’s rights. Crossroads works in some of the world’s poorest nations in Africa and supports women, youth and the rural poor, who are often marginalized in the economy and left out of the decisions that affect their lives.

 

How do we work?

We work as equals with local partner organizations (in each of the nine countries) to create economic opportunities and to empower women to become leaders and live free from violence. Every year, we engage hundreds of experienced volunteers and staff in Canada and in the countries where we work who apply their expertise locally to address global issues. We invest in local partners who are best positioned to meet the needs of their communities. With local partners, we develop co-operatives and collective enterprises that generate income and advance the autonomy of youth, women and the rural poor. We pilot innovative approaches to reducing violence against women and girls and advancing women’s rights. Together we are leveraging knowledge, expertise and dollars to create a more just and equitable world.

 

How are we financed?

Crossroads is a registered charity, supported by Global Affairs Canada, other government and non-government funders and many individual donors.

 

The Board

The Board has the legal corporate authority and responsibility for the stewarding of Crossroads International’s mission, for its stability and financial integrity. It comprises a team of dedicated volunteers providing strategic direction; supporting program growth and development as well as providing independent oversight, expertise and guidance.

The primary responsibilities of the Board are the following:

  • Strategic planning
  • Financial stewardship and revenue generation
  • Risk management
  • Interrelationship with Funders, Donors, Partners, Executive Director and the Public

Your Commitment:

  • Prepare for, and participate in, Board and Committee meetings
  • Participate in ad hoc sub-committees which may be formed to address specific issues
  • Typically, there are three full-day in-person Board meetings annually, with a Board dinner the preceding evening. In addition, Board members participate in conference call meetings for the Board and for Board committees that are approximately 1.5 hours in duration, an estimated ten or more times per year (depending on an individual Board member’s committee membership). The total estimated time commitment including preparation is ten to twelve days annually including travel and committee work.
  • Make an annual financial donation to the organization.

You are:

  • Committed to being an active, contributing member of the Board and at least one of the various
    committees
  • Willing to volunteer your time to provide a service to Crossroads, helping it fulfill its mission
  • Understand the obligations and responsibilities of a Board Director and the distinction between the governance role of the Board of Directors and the operational responsibilities of management

The following skills are considered an asset:

  • Strong networks including access to sector or business leaders and decision makers
  • Willingness and ability to leverage relationships to secure funding
  • Financial management experience or knowledge
  • Experience with government relations
  • Knowledgeable about the international development sector, ideally with experience with nonprofits, government, institutional and individual funding
  • Candidates from across Canada are welcome to apply; presence in Western Canada or Atlantic Canada is an asset

Language: English or French, bilingual is an asset

Crossroads International is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and selection process of members for its Board, and endeavours to foster a workplace which reflects the diverseness of the community it serves. Individuals from all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Deadline to apply:

Crossroads International is seeking new members for the Board of directors. If you are an interested qualified candidate please send a letter of interest and resume to Crossroad International’s Executive Assistant, Audrey Bankley abankley@cintl.org using “BOARD OF DIRECTORS” in the subject line by Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

 

Are you interested in other volunteer positions at Crossroads, or do you know someone who could be?

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Crossroads:

  • Day of the Girl Breakfast planning and other fundraising event leadership
  • Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Volunteer overseas, see our current postings

Simply write to us at abankley@cintl.org