Board Member

Board Member
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Brightside Community Homes Foundation
  • Board Member / Leadership
On-going (More than 1 year)
  • Families (adults with children)
  • Seniors
  • Physically Challenged
  • English as a Second Language
  • Community Service/Court Referrals
  • Virtual (can be done remotely)
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
2019-12-232020-03-07

Brightside Community Homes Foundation is looking for new board members and volunteers

Start date: March 31, 2020 for a two (2) year term (renewable)

Brightside Community Homes Foundation (“Brightside”) is the largest private-sector, non-profit housing foundation solely based in Vancouver. The organization owns and manages nearly 1,000 affordable homes across 26 properties for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing.

Brightside is currently seeking individuals to serve as a member of its Board of Directors or as a volunteer/advisor that may offer specific beneficial skillsets on one (or more) of our Committees. The latter choice presents a good opportunity to determine whether or not the volunteer is a good fit for the Foundation and vice versa, before committing to a seat on the Board.

At this time, we're looking to recruit board members and volunteers that are preferably Vancouver-based with a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Real Estate Development, Construction and/or Planning
  2. Legal – (ideally, Real Estate Development Law)
  3. Human Resources & Governance
  4. Business Analysis
  5. Social Work 

Time commitment
Board members and volunteers should be prepared to spend between ten (10) and twenty (20) hours per month on Board and Committee matters. This would include a combination of both telecommunications and in-person meetings; all/most meetings will take place at Brightside’s downtown Vancouver office. We ask all board members and volunteers for a two (2)-year commitment, which can be renewed up to a maximum of four (4) consecutive terms.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Brightside has a clear purpose and a values-based culture. We have a strong organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and, as such, strongly encourage applications from candidates that can provide an underrepresented minority perspective including, but not limited to: race, class, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, family status, income, lived experience with housing instability, place of birth or religious affiliation.

Corporate Governance

Brightside is a private charity steered by a volunteer Board of Directors and is registered under the BC Societies Act. The Board is usually comprised of eight (8) to 12 directors; the current board consists of nine (9) directors. Following a governance model, the board sets direction through strategic planning and provides guidance to staff on operational issues. The board acts as a trustee of the Foundation’s assets and ensures that Brightside is well managed and remains fiscally sound. In doing so, the board exercises proper oversight of operations and maintains the legal and ethical accountability of its staff.

In addition to its legal responsibilities, the board acts in a fiduciary role by maintaining oversight of Brightside’s finances. Directors must evaluate financial policies, approve annual budgets, and review quarterly financial reports to ensure Brightside has the resources to carry out its mission and remains accountable to its stakeholders and the general public.

As a volunteer board, directors serve without compensation. Expenses are reimbursed in accordance with per policy. Brightside carries Director’s Liability Insurance of $5,000,000 per director.

Brightside has a strict conflict of interest code and a board position would not be appropriate if the individual or their company does business with or is seeking to gain advantage through working with the Foundation.

Qualifications
Brightside directors and volunteers are highly collaborative, inclusive team players. They understand the role and responsibilities of a governance board and are able to think strategically to help take Brightside to the next level. A flexible, “can do” outlook and a good sense of humour are highly valued at the Foundation. Ideally, you will have previous non-profit board experience, although this is not a strict requirement.

Benefits
As a Brightside director or volunteer, you will have the opportunity to contribute your skills and expertise to a local, well-established, highly respected provider of affordable housing and the opportunity to develop/build on professional skills and experience, while serving the community. 

Information Session: We will be hosting an information session for prospective Board members and volunteers on the afternoon of February 5, 2020. This will provide an opportunity to learn more about Brightside, meet the current Board Directors and staff, and ask questions about the organization and the Board activities. To get more information and/or to RSVP to this event, please email ceo@brightsidehomes.ca.

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to ceo@brightsidehomes.ca before March 7, 2020. In your cover letter, please tell us a bit about yourself, why you'd like to join as a board director or volunteer, and what you hope to contribute and gain from being involved with Brightside. To learn more about us, please visit www.brightsidehomes.ca.

Contact

For more information, please contact the CEO, William Azaroff, at 604-684-3515 or william@brightsidehomes.ca.

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