The CISV USA Board Member will support the work of CISV USA and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. The day-to-day operations will be the primary responsibility of the Board’s Officers, CISV USA’s Administrative Director, National Office personnel, and CISV USA’s Standing Committees. As a volunteer organization, the relationship between the Board Member and national and local personnel (both paid and volunteer) requires collaboration and teamwork, and the appropriate involvement of the Board Member is both critical and expected.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about CISV‘s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector. Their accomplishments will allow CISV USA 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 non-profit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of CISV USA’s programs, services and beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
- Diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and influencing, persuading, facilitating and building consensus among diverse individuals
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, responsibility, and a passion for improving the programs and services of CISV USA as well as the lives of CISV participants
Although no single Board Member will possess all of these skills, individuals with the following skills will be considered:
- Strategic planning
- Fundraising, financial development
- Board development (recruitment, training, evaluation)
- Peace education and leadership development
- Program planning and evaluation
- HR (Recruiting, hiring and evaluating personnel)
- Financial management and control (audit, budgeting, accounting)
- Communication, public, media relations, marketing, & social media
- Committee service
- Public speaking
- Organizational development
- Information technology
- Grant writing
- Special events (planning and implementing)
- Policy development
- Executive management
- Legal/compliance/risk management
Board Member Responsibilities
- Determine the mission and purpose of CISV USA
- Ensure effective planning by participating in an overall planning process and assisting in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals
- Provide direction and oversight to CISV USA’s Administrative Director, National Office staff, Officers and Standing Committees as they support the National Association in the implementation of CISV USA’s strategic plans and goals
- Regularly seek and consider the views of CISV USA chapters
- Assist and support CISV USA chapters
- Serve actively on one or more of the Board Committees and/or task forces as determined by the Board
- Review outcomes and metrics created by CISV International and CISV USA for evaluating the impact of CISV USA programs and services determining methods for strengthening CISV USA’s performance
- Review Board Meeting agendas and supporting materials prior to all Board and Board Committee meetings
- Protect CISV-USA’s assets and provide proper financial oversight including reviewing and approving the annual budget ensuring all proper financial controls are in place and that the National Association has adequate resources to carry out its mission
- Review audit reports, and material business decisions, being informed of and meeting all legal, ethical and fiduciary responsibilities
- Provide strategic direction concerning the chapter structure, including the establishment and dissolution of CISV USA Chapters and Steering Committees
- Determine the method(s) used for the allocation of invitations to international programs among CISV-USA Chapters and Steering Committees
- Employ personnel for CISV-USA supporting such personnel and contribute to an annual performance evaluation of CISV USA’s Administrative Director
- Periodically and comprehensively evaluate the Board’s own performance
- Assist the Board in identifying and recruiting other potential Board members
- Partner with other Board Members, the Administrative Director, National Office staff, Officers and CISV USA Standing Committees, and all Board Committees to ensure that Board resolutions are carried out.
- Represent CISV USA to internal and external stakeholders clearly articulating CISV USA’s mission, accomplishments, and goals
- Ensure CISV USA’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities CISV USA serves
The CISV USA Board Member will consider CISV USA a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts to the National Association reflecting that priority. So that CISV USA can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, CISV USA expects each Board Member to make an individual annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity for giving. In addition, we ask that each Board Member raise at least $1000 in additional contributions.
Board meetings will be held at least four times per year and may be conducted in person or electronically. Board Committee meetings may be held in coordination with full Board meetings. Board Members are expected to attend every board meeting. Attendance at CISV USA’s Annual Meeting in October will be in person.
Service on CISV USA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed as determined by Board policy.
How to Apply
The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors invites any individuals who wish to be considered for a three-year term on CISV USA’s Board of Directors in the upcoming October to submit a short (2-3 paragraphs) statement describing his or her relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve on the Board of Directors. Please submit this short statement to Laura Ripberger, Executive Director, no later than June 15 for consideration by the Governance Committee.