Board Member Position Description

Website A Supportive Community For All

A Supportive Community For All (SCFA) is a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to create a more equitable Snoqualmie Valley by engaging, connecting, and supporting people and organizations to collaboratively build a community where all members can thrive.

Shaped by the collaborative efforts of several local organizations in 2018-19, SCFA started with a big idea: That everyone in the Snoqualmie Valley deserves access to Human Services, without barriers. The Sno-Valley is geographically large, spanning over 40 miles from North Bend’s outskirts to unincorporated King County, just outside of Duvall. Residents live in mixed suburban and rural areas and often have limited access to support for transportation, housing, mental health, and beyond. Removing barriers meant that service providers would genuinely need to work together differently to make a change, shifting paradigms, breaking down silos, and moving forward together — not against each other.

SCFA serves as a backbone for the organizations dedicated to transformative change and improving equitable outcomes in the Sno-Valley. While not a direct service provider, SCFA administers a collaborative Referral & Navigation program that connects community members to service providers, and service providers to each other. SCFA is a connector, supporter, and catalyst, strengthening the local safety net so that more community members are aware of — and connected to — the services they need.

As an organization, our role is to build community power[1] to support our partners in fulfilling their vision for transformative change. We recognize that this work is a starting point, not an answer, and that equity-focused work is continuous; it requires many voices and a deep, ongoing commitment to dismantling root causes of inequities in the Sno-Valley and elsewhere.

DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE OF ROLE

SCFA is growing its board to help realize its bold vision of equity for all. Board members work collaboratively and on committees to provide leadership, strategic governance, and fiduciary oversight of SCFA. While day-to-day operations are led by SCFA’s Executive Director, the Board-Director relationship is a partnership, and the involvement of the Board is critical.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Board Development – In collaboration with the Executive Director, The Board recruits, selects, and onboards Board members, ensuring SCFA’s commitment to developing a Board that reflects the communities SCFA serves.

Community Ambassador – Board members promote and demonstrate support of SCFA’s mission to stakeholders and community members.

Governance – The Board adopts by-laws and revisions to the by-laws and ensures that SCFA operates within the by-laws. The Board sets the strategic direction and policies for SCFA in collaboration with the Executive Director, and supports the Executive Director as needed in the development and implementation of SCFA’s programs.

Finance – The Board ensures strong fiduciary oversight and financial management, and must regularly review and understand SCFA’s budget and financial reports.

Fundraising – The Board actively participates in fundraising and resource development, drawing on the principles of Community Centric Fundraising. All Board members are asked to make a personally significant contribution to SCFA (contributions will vary among board members, and may be monetary, time-based, connection-based, or otherwise).

Hiring and Evaluation of Executive Director – The Board recruits, hires, and evaluates the Executive Director.

Additionally, all Board members must:

  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (at least monthly), and attend committee or task force meetings as applicable
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings and show up engaged and ready to contribute
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of SCFA

QUALIFICATIONS

SCFA seeks to develop a board that consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, expertise, and skill sets. Board members share SCFA’s vision for an equitable Snoqualmie Valley, as well as a commitment to building an inclusive culture on our Board, valuing and respecting differences of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ability, socio-economic status, and other aspects of individual and social identity.

Ideal candidates will have the ability to:

  • Commit to the values of SCFA – Equity, Connection, Collaboration, and Innovation
  • Commit to understanding and meeting the needs of all people in the Snoqualmie Valley
  • Be open to continued personal and professional reflection and growth
  • Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure (to be updated during the year, if necessary) as well as disclose potential conflicts-of-interest before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings

BOARD TERMS/TIME COMMITMENT

Board members serve 3-year terms. While the SCFA Board makes decisions related to governance, the SCFA Board is also a working board, meaning that time outside of meetings will be required to accomplish goals and support the Executive Director and staff. Board members should plan to contribute approximately 10-15 hours per month toward work to advance SCFA’s mission.

Disclaimer: The information in this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by people in this role.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of people in this role.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Community members interested in serving on the SCFA Board of Directors should send an email to Jody Miesel, Executive Director, at jody@nullasupportivecommunityforall.org telling us about yourself, why you are interested in joining SCFA’s Board of Directors, and what strengths you believe you will bring to the Board.  Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

[1] See Change Elemental’s 2020 report: What is Needed to Build Community Power? Essential Capacities for Equitable Communities.

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