Join the BWINTAF Board of Directors!

Black Women in International Affairs (BWINTAF) is beginning its annual Board of Directors search. The deadline to be considered is June 30, 2021. The full job description and details are posted below.


As part of the review process, each candidate must complete the job application form in addition to submitting a statement of interest and resume/CV. Your statement of interest and resume/CV can be emailed to contact@bwintaf.org. An application is not considered complete until all three items are received by BWINTAF on or before June 30, 2021. Only qualified and competitive candidates will be contacted to interview, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Questions should be directed to contact@bwintaf.org.


Board of Directors Job Description

Black Women in International Affairs (BWINTAF)


Vision

BWINTAF seeks to reshape the field of International Affairs to be more accessible, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of Black people in The Americas through the leadership of Black women.


Mission

BWINTAF implements programs and initiatives prioritizing the dignity, lives, and well-being of Black people in The Americas, and increases their presence and engagement in the field of International Affairs through the leadership of Black women.


The BWINTAF Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, and financial management policies and making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. The BWINTAF Board operates on three fundamental principles.

  1. Duty of Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and goodwill;

  2. Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the nonprofit .j's activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in the best interest of the individual board member (or any other individual or for-profit entity).

  3. Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and regulations, follows its bylaws, and adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.

However, the BWINTAF board of directors does not exist solely to fulfill legal duties and serve as a fiduciary of the organization’s assets. The BWINTAF Board is an ‘active board’ structured on consensus-building, in that the members also play significant roles in providing guidance to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, program development, effectiveness, and financial sustainability. The Board serves as ambassadors and advocates. Beyond fulfilling legal duties, board members can serve as essential resources for the organization in multiple ways.

Member of the Board of Directors

The Board will support the work of BWINTAF and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While the Executive Director (ED), volunteers, staff, and interns lead day-to-day operations, the relationship between the Board and ED is an integral partnership, the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:


Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements BWINTAF’s strategic plan

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by BWINTAF for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

  • Approving BWINTAF’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 ED

  • Lead the recruitment of and retention of board members, Senior Advisory Council members, and the ED

  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

  • Representing BWINTAF to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization

  • Ensuring BWINTAF’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities the organization serves

Fundraising

BWINTAF Board Members will consider BWINTAF a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. Current annual Board dues are set at a non-negotiable, specific amount that is to be paid in full once or made in four equal payments over the four fiscal year quarters for that year of service. Additionally, so that BWINTAF can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, BWINTAF expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation

BWINTAF’s Board Members will serve at least a one-year term to be eligible for re-appointment based on a vote by members. The terms of the Directors shall be staggered so that no more than three (3) Directors’ terms shall be due to expire as of each annual meeting. The Board of Directors shall have the power to shorten or lengthen the then-current term of any or all of the then-current Directors in order to facilitate the creation of such staggered terms.


Board meetings will be held monthly, and the date and time will be agreed upon at the annual meeting which takes place at the start of each fiscal year. Committee meetings will be held once a month and in coordination with full board meetings. Attendance at monthly board meetings is mandatory and any absence, unless a bona fide emergency, must be communicated to the Board President and Secretary at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about BWINTAF’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, law, accounting, international relations, philanthropy, or the nonprofit 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, law, accounting, international relations, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector

  • A commitment to and understanding of BWINTAF’s mission, programs, and target 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

  • Knowledge and experience in using conflict resolution techniques (e.g., mediation, conciliation, facilitation, and conflicting coaching) to resolve challenges and highly complex conflicts

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of BWINTAF’s beneficiaries

  • Expertise in operations management, non-profit leadership, capacity building, strategic communications, grant writing, business development, program management, and curriculum development

  • Professionals in the following fields are strongly encouraged to apply: lawyers, accountants, philanthropists, business advisors, compliance officers, financial managers, management analysts, and strategic communications specialists

Service on BWINTAF’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Board Officer Roles and Responsibilities

PRESIDENT

  • Leads the Board and any Subcommittees to carry out the organization's governance functions

  • Ensures the Board has approved policies to help ensure sound and compliant governance and management of the organization

  • Partners with the ED to lead the development and refinement of impact metrics

  • Assesses the performance of the Board and its committees

  • Assures ongoing recruitment, development, and contributions of Board members

  • Partners with the ED to help ensure the Board’s directives, policies, and resolutions are carried out

  • Works with the ED in cultivating and soliciting major foundation grants and individual gifts

  • Presides over the Board and Sub-Committee meetings, sets priorities, creates agendas for meetings, and alerts the Secretary at least 4-5 business days before a Board meeting

  • Serves as the primary contact for board issues, sets goals and objectives with the board and ensures they are met, and directs board members in their roles

  • Holds members accountable for attending meetings, and provides guidance on proper meeting procedures

  • Coordinates an annual performance review of the Executive Director

  • Serves as an ambassador of the organization and advocating its mission to internal and external stakeholders

  • The Board President is prepared to assume the role as Executive Director if the Executive Director is unavailable

SECRETARY

  • Assures that an agenda has been prepared by the board president and that the agenda is distributed at least 3 business days in advance of the meeting, and adjustments due 24 hours before the meeting

  • Oversees the distribution of background information for agenda items to be discussed

  • Prepares the official minutes of the meeting and records motions, discussions, votes, and decisions

  • Prepares and provides the previous meeting’s written minutes to board members before the next meeting and records any changes or corrections. Board adjustments to the minutes should be received at least 24 hours before the next meeting

  • Assures that organization’s documents (e.g., bylaws, minutes, etc.), contracts, and corporate records are maintained, filed, and accessible to members

  • Schedules and notifies board members of upcoming meetings, and maintains the appropriate team calendars

  • Tracks board member terms, and adherence to their terms and the ⅓ rotation rule by recording the beginning and end dates of their terms

  • The secretary is prepared to assume the leadership role if the Board president is unavailable

TREASURER

  • Serves as the financial officer of the organization

  • Creates and maintains the organization’s budget

  • Reconciles bank accounts and produces financial statements, which they present/summarize at board meetings

  • Keeps financial records, such as organization receipts, payroll, with the assistance of the Board Secretary, if needed

  • Ensures tax-related documents and legal forms are filed on time, such as the documents required to maintain the organization’s tax-exempt status

  • Tracks board member dues and adherence to dues requirements

  • Leads in preparing the annual budget and presenting it to the board for approval

  • Reviews the annual audit and answers board members’ questions

  • If the President or Secretary is unavailable, the Treasurer is prepared to assume the role as President



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