Sample Board Posting: Volunteer Board Member (Advocacy Expertise)

This sample is intended to provide you with a template for developing your board postings and is designed for use with LinkedIn Board Connect. Please customize it to meet your needs.

Company:

ABC Organization

Company Description:

The description below should be replaced with one that describes your organization. View it as an opportunity to inspire prospective board members to engage with your organization and to apply to serve on your board.

 ABC Organization is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring that each organization recruits the board members it needs to ensure maximum impact. ABC Organization strives to support and promote excellence in board service and is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit board recruitment.

The ABC Organization Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. As the preeminent educational resource for nonprofit board recruitment, ABC Organization’s own board strives to be a model of governance performance.

Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe that each and every organization needs a strong and effective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for ABC Organization to advance its mission.

Industry:

Provide information on the nature of your industry here, be it education, health care, youth development, etc.

Nonprofit Organization Management

Position:

Job Title: Volunteer Board Member (Advocacy Expertise)

Experience:

Associate

Job Function:

Advocacy

Employment Type:

Temporary

Job Description:

Note: This is your opportunity to describe what is expected of your board members.

The ABC Organization Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Serving on the ABC Organization Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about strengthening leadership and governance in the nonprofit sector.

Board members are expected to have the financial acumen to read and understand ABC Organization’s financial statements and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.

Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year. They are expected to read board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.

Board members are expected to serve on one or more committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.

Board members are expected to play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for ABC Organization to achieve its mission. Board members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the development committee and staff identify and solicit potential funders, as well as directly invest in ABC Organization’s work by making a personal contribution each year.

Board members are expected to responsibly represent ABC Organization to their respective communities and to advocate for ABC Organization’s mission, programs, and services as appropriate.

Board terms last for three years and board members can serve for up to three consecutive terms.

Desired Skills and Expertise:

We are currently recruiting for diverse leaders with expertise in the following area:

PROFILE 1:

This profile should be edited to match your specific skill set needs, but it is intended to recruit a board member who has previous advocacy campaign experience and can assist the board with strategy and leveraging opportunities.

Advocacy Professional

ABC Organization seeks an experienced advocacy professional who has planned and implemented advocacy strategies and campaigns to support an issue or cause. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in advocacy in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase awareness about the importance of our mission, influence public policy, and expand our reach. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training.

PROFILE 2:

This profile should be edited to match your specific skill set needs, but it is intended to recruit a board member who has the connections you need to increase your mission impact. It is less likely that you would publicly post this profile; rather you should use it to brainstorm about potential candidates who would fit this profile and help you make the connections you need to increase your mission impact.

Advocacy Connector

ABC Organization seeks an a well-connected leader who is passionate about [mission] and can leverage his/her networks and resources in support of efforts to positively impact the policy environment in which ABC Organization does its work. The ideal candidate has have a track-record of supporting [mission area/cause] and strong connections to [local/state/national] decision makers who are in a position to positively impact ABC’s work to [mission]. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training.


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