Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governance body of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society. The Board provides the strategic direction, resources, and high-level oversight for the organization to be successful in achieving its mission and goals.

Who serves on the TBDHS Board?

Board members come from all walks of life. They share a commitment to TBDHS and the animals in our care and have skills that are required by the Board. Ideally, candidates would be best suited with Board and/or volunteer experience at charitable/not-for-profit organizations, and with expertise in the following areas: governance; management/strategic planning; evaluation/performance management; fundraising; government relations; finance/accounting; privacy/security, police duties, communications, legal or regulatory and/or human resources/recruitment.

Other characteristics include:

  • Board members must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Education: Formal education is not a requirement for all Board positions, though it is desirable to have certain professionals on the Board to ensure an appropriate mix of perspectives. Many candidates may possess a combination of work and personal experience that provides them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the financial, administrative, ethical and policy issues that may be discussed at the Board.
  • Knowledge/Awareness: Candidates should possess an interest in animal welfare and should understand the need to demonstrate a public image that is in keeping with the philosophies and goals of TBDHS.
  • Personal Suitability: It is desirable to have Board members who are willing and have confidence to challenge proposed policies, activities, etc., of the organization. The ability to challenge must be tempered with recognition of the need to work in a cooperative manner and demonstrate a style that values consensus and unity.
  • Financial Commitment: All Board members are expected to make a significant personal financial commitment to TBDHS.

What is expected of me as a TBDHS Board Member:

The Board of Directors usually meets once per month in the evening, for about two hours, at a variety of locations. Financial reports, profit and loss documentation, background materials, and other documentation are sent to Board members several days before the meeting, and Board members are expected to have read the materials and have their questions and comments prepared.

The main responsibilities of the TBDHS Board of Directors are to:

  • Determine mission and purpose. It is the Board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  • Select the Executive Director (ED). The Board must reach consensus on the ED’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position. The Board will ensure that there is a succession plan in place.
  • Support and evaluate the ED. The Board should ensure that the ED has the support he/she needs to further the goals of the organization.
  • Ensure effective strategic planning. The Board must actively participate in an overall strategic planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the Board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the TBDHS to fulfill its mission.
  • Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The Board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Build a competent Board. The Board has a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The Board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Manage risk. The board must assess and address risk to the organization and ensure timely and proper corresponding responses.

Since discussions may involve confidential or sensitive issues, Board members are asked to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

Board members are expected to attend most, if not all, major TBDHS events.

Job Type: Volunteer

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