Help Wanted: an EPIC Volunteer Board Member

EPIC is accepting applications for talented and conscientious volunteer board members between July 1-31. Submit applications to Tom@wildcalifornia.org.

Position

The Board will support the work of EPIC and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While the Executive Director leads day-to-day operations, the Board-E.D. relationship is a partnership that is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

Serving as an advisor to the E.D. as s/he develops and implements EPIC’s strategic plan

Reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating EPIC’s impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

Approving EPIC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities

Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the E.D.

Assisting the E.D. and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members

Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

Representing EPIC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization

Fundraising

EPIC Board Members will consider EPIC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that are commensurate with their capacity. Board members will assist with implementation of the annual fundraising plan which includes, soliciting gifts, making thank you calls and donor acquisition.

Board terms/participation

Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings. Meetings can be attended in person, by phone or Skype. Attendance at annual events is expected.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about EPIC’s mission and who has experience in leadership and fundraising. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, academic, or the nonprofit sector and are willing to work hard to see that EPIC has the resources required to carry out its mission.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

Experience with leadership accomplishments in business, government, academic, or the nonprofit sector

A commitment to fundraising both giving and asking for funds

A commitment to and understanding of the natural world, ecology and/or environmental politics, 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 community EPIC serves. 

BOARD ELECTION PROCESS

The EPIC Board of Directors is composed of nine members. All incumbent Board Members may remain on the board if they choose, without term limits. Current members* may apply to become a Board Member between July 1 and July 31 for the next Board of Director’s year, which begins on January 1.

The prospective candidates will fill out a nomination form (describing qualifications, skills, and why they would like to be on the Board), which is available on EPIC’s website or in hard-copy format at the office.

Prospective candidates will submit hard copy or electronic application to the Executive Director between July 1 and July 31.

The Executive Director will then submit the applications to the EPIC Board of Directors for consideration.

Board members will evaluate all prospective nominees between August 1 and August 20. The Board of Directors will recommend as many qualified nominees for the open seats as they choose. For example, the Board may nominate four candidates for two open seats.

By September 25, EPIC will submit all nominees and Board Recommended Nominees to current members by a mailed hard copy ballot. Ballots will include a candidate statement from all Board Members and Recommended Board Members including a statement of qualifications and what they bring to the EPIC Board.

Current members will be able to vote on all the nominees, incumbent Board of Directors, and a write in candidate. The nominees with the most votes will be elected to the EPIC Board of Directors.

All ballots must be mailed back to a selected independent agent for accounting by October 25 to be considered.

The EPIC Board of Directors will be announced at the Annual Fall Celebration, which is held on the first Friday in November, or at some date thereafter.

Board Member terms run for one-calendar year beginning in January. New Board Members will be seated at the January Board Meeting.

*Current member = an individual who has donated $40 or more between November 1 and to the following December 31 (14-month period).

If you have any questions, please call, (707) 822-7711.