826LA Board Member Application
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate and driven to support the mission of 826LA. The ideal board member is committed to the growth and advancement of 826LA through providing her/his expertise, consultation, financial support, and promotion of our work to the wider community. In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors oversees all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and public relations to support a budget of $1.7M in FY2018.


Leadership, Governance, and Oversight

• Hire, evaluate, and partner with the Executive Director to optimize organizational functioning and achievement.
• Serve as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements 826LA’s strategic plan.
• Establish annual and long-term goals and plans in partnership with the ED, board, and staff to ensure the greatest reach and quality in program fulfillment.
• Review outcomes and metrics created by 826LA for evaluating its impact, and regularly measure its performance and effectiveness using those metrics.
• Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
• Approve 826LA annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions.
• Meet all legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
• Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the ED.
• Assist the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
• Partner with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
• Serve on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments.
• Represent 826LA to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
• Ensure 826LA commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities 826LA serves.

Fundraising and Giving

• 826LA Board Members will consider 826LA a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority.
• Board members recognize that Board giving sets the support example for the rest of the public to follow.
• So that 826LA can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, 826LA expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make or secure an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity and a minimum of $10,000.
• Board Members support fundraising efforts/activities during the year with the help of the ED and development staff.
• Develop annual and long-term fundraising goals and plans in partnership with the Executive Director and staff.
• Monitor and assess fundraising efforts in context to expected strategy and goal achievement throughout the year.
• Set the pace of the annual fundraising campaign through significant and timely financial support of the mission, making 826LA a principle philanthropic commitment.
• Partner with staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward potential corporate, foundation and major individual donors.


• Meeting frequency is four (4) times during the year and depends on the active participation of each member. Attendance is therefore required.
• Directors are also expected to serve on one or more committees, which meet at various times throughout the year (by telephone, video conference or face-to-face depending on the committee’s business.) Face-to-face meetings are typically held in conjunction with board meetings. Committee meeting attendance is expected. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per month is expected.


• 826LA Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for reappointment for one additional term.

Financial Due Diligence

• Approve and monitor the budget of 826LA and the fiscal position of the organization.
• Monitor and assess programmatic efforts in context to expected strategy, revenue, costs and goals.
• Support development, approve and monitor an annual budget and fiscal plan, making necessary adjustments during the year, based upon available resources and goals of the organization.

Activities and Involvement

• Leverage community and corporate contacts on behalf of 826LA.
• Proactively solicit and gain support on behalf of 826LA and recruit others to become actively engaged.
• Serve as an ambassador for the organization to enhance the organization’s public standing.
• Participate in major events with public visibility as needed.


• Each member is expected to understand and abide by the mission statement and bylaws and to respect the confidentiality of matters that he or she may be privy.
• Maintain the highest ethical integrity and avoid any conflict of interest or any activity that would reflect negatively on 826LA.

Conflict of Interest

• Each member is expected to avoid at all cost any conflicts of interest in the Director’s role and to be watchful of any activities affecting the chapter that may be detrimental to the integrity of the organization. Each member is required to sign a conflict of interest policy upon joining the Board of Directors.


• This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about 826LA’s mission and who has a track record of leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector.
• His/her accomplishments will allow him/her 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, the arts, or the nonprofit sector.
• A commitment to and understanding of 826LA’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience.
• Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of 826LA’s beneficiaries.


• This is an uncompensated role. All time, travel, and expenses associated with 826LA are given gratis by the Board Members.

In order to be considered for the Board Member position, you must thoroughly complete this form, as well as sending the following to jobs@826LA.org:

--A detailed resume
--A list of three references

Please include your name and "Board Membership" in the subject line.

The complete job description is available at www.826la.org/jobs.

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