Board Director (Volunteer)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
  • Board / Committee Member
Unpaid Volunteer Position
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Executive (Dept. head, director)N/A2019-04-082019-04-26

Board of Directors Recruitment

The Canadian Mothercraft Society (“Mothercraft”) is currently recruiting candidates for the Board of Directors. The nomination and election of candidates will take place the Annual General Meeting on June 24, 2019.

About Mothercraft & the Role of the Board Directors

Mothercraft is a registered charity that was first incorporated over eighty years ago to achieve “the development of infant health and reduction of infant mortality” and “to award diplomas and confer distinctive designations upon women who have completed the courses in Mothercraft” (excerpt from the original Letters Patent filed on February 18th, 1931).

The over-arching mission of the organization – to support healthy child development and strengthen families – has remained the same over many decades. However, the depth and breadth of services offered to families has expanded tremendously. Today, Mothercraft is a multi-service organization with six locations and over 120 full- and part-time staff. Mothercraft’s current range of services includes:

  • Award-winning early intervention programs for families who are dealing with complex issues including substance use and family violence
  • High quality, centre-based child care programs for children aged 0 to 6
  • Family support programs to parents and caregivers in the Toronto riding of Paul’s
  • Service navigation support to families from across the city whose children have special needs or developmental concerns
  • Post-secondary education for students and training for early learning and early years professionals
  • Community-based research, data analysis and data system management for the early years, early learning and children’s mental health system in Toronto

Mothercraft is a children’s mental health organization and an approved Private Career College. Mothercraft’s three child care centres are fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and have long-standing service agreements with the City of Toronto.  Mothercraft has an annual operating budget of approximately $8M and currently receives funding from all three orders of  government, private donations as well as through fees paid by families and students.

The Board of Directors is the legal entity and authority for Mothercraft in the execution of its charitable activities and provides high-level, strategic direction to its staff through the Executive Director.  Oversight and governance accountabilities of the Board include: the development and monitoring of policy directions; the development and achievement of a strategic plan; the financial stability and continuance of the organization; as well as ensuring the organization is compliant with all regulatory, statutory and funding provisions. Mothercraft does not engage in fundraising activities and Board Directors are not expected to fundraise.

Board Composition & Eligibility

The Mothercraft Board is made up of fifteen Directors, all of whom bring a wealth of professional and/or personal experience to the organization.  Candidates are asked to highlight any particular expertise they have to offer the Board in their expression of interest.  Mothercraft is committed  to diversity and to representing the communities it serves. Individuals who identify with a diversity group – gender, ability, ethno-racial background, etc – are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered eligible. Individuals who are currently accessing clinical services (or have accessed clinical services within the last three-years) are not eligible to serve on the Board as per Mothercraft policy.  Individuals who are current users of non-clincal services (ie, child care, EarlyON, training) are asked to identify their connection to a Mothercraft program.  No more than five Directors may be current service users.

Once elected, Board Directors are required to undergo a Police Reference Check and to sign Mothercraft’s Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality policies (these are available in advance upon request).

Time Commitment

The Board meets every two months between September and May (five meetings in total). Should any urgent matters arise, additional meetings may be scheduled.  All Board meetings are held in the evening on the last Monday of the month and are no more than two hours in duration.  Board Directors are expected to review all materials in advance and be active participants in the decision-making process.  Child care and dinner are provided.

In addition to regular attendance at Board meetings, Directors are expected to attend the  Annual General Meeting in June and to participate in at least one of the Standing or Adhoc Committee of the Board. The work of the committees is often cyclical.  Committee meetings are never more than once per month and are generally less than two hours in duration.

Expression of Interest & Selection Process

Individuals who would like to be considered for nomination to the Mothercraft Board are invited to submit a resume and cover letter expressing the skills, experience and expertise they have to offer the organization.  The recruitment and selection process will be carried out as follows:

Recruitment and expressions of interest: Apr 1st to April 26th
Review of resumes and invitation to interviews:        Apr 29th to May 3rd
Interviews with prospective candidates:                   May 6th to May 17th
Selection of nominees and follow up with all candidates:      May 21st to May 24th
Slate of candidates presented to Board (as per policy):    May 27th
Nomination and election of slate at the AGM:       June 24th

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