JOIN OUR BOARD SHARE THE MISSION LEADERS WANTED
JOIN OUR BOARD SHARE THE MISSION LEADERS WANTED

JOIN OUR BOARD

The Boston Birding Festival Seeks Passionate and Energized Leaders

The Festival’s leadership aims to be representative of greater Boston, birding, environmental justice, and the conservation community. We encourage inquiries from community members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Please note: Board roles are strictly volunteer in accordance with state regulations and nonprofit best practice.

Submit an expression of interest along with a résumé to hello@bostonbirdingfestival.org. 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proven leadership and strategic-thinking skills
  • Collaborative, skilled problem solver, willingness to learn
  • Background in law, finance, fundraising, governance, management and organizational leadership, start-ups, marketing, education, media, events and conferences, or community relations
  • Strong interest in conservation, environmental justice, nature, climate, education, and birding 

BOARD MEMBER EXPECTATIONS

The role of the board is primarily fiduciary and strategic. Board members work together to oversee the organization and manage its operations at the highest level.

The counsel and support of volunteer board members to the Festival and all nonprofits is extremely valuable to the community. Thank you for serving!

  • Collaborate on the Festival’s mission/vision, strategic plan, and programming
  • Attend 4-8 scheduled board meetings (zoom, usually 1 hr rarely 90 mins) a year and one annual in-person gathering
  • Be available as needed to vote on matters that arise between meetings
  • Participate in governance, oversight, networking, fundraising, or other committees (1-2 hours/month avg.)
  • Advocate for our mission, environmental justice and conservation 
  • Commit to an initial two-year term
A paintmg of White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Process

Expressions of interest are reviewed by an ad hoc Nominating Committee, which is comprised of 5-15 volunteers from a variety of organizations. This committee includes the Board’s governance chair who does not vote, but provides guidance and oversight.

The Nominating Committee’s membership changes annually. We welcome volunteers who want to participate in the process of recruiting and nominating directors.

If the committee votes to advance a candidacy, a member of the committee will contact the candidate to share more details about serving on our board and answer any questions .

Candidates will also have a chance to speak with Board members. The Nominating Committee members may also schedule an online interview.

The Nominating Committee only makes nominations whenever there is an opening on the board. If there is no opening, approved candidates may be invited to join a committee.

Nominated candidates are then presented to the Board for a vote. A board “buddy” welcomes new members and guides them through the onboarding process.

Serving on a board can be a valuable experience—one that provides governance experience for future leadership roles, enhances your professional skills, and expands your network—all while advancing the mission of the organization and creating meaningful social impact.

RESOURCES

From Entry-Level to Leadership: How to Join a Nonprofit Board of Directors, Stanford Social Innovation Review

How to Become a Board Member Early in Your Career, Harvard Business Review

Six Ways Serving On A Nonprofit Board Can Impact Your Career, Forbes

How to Properly Approach Board Service, Wharton Magazine

The Impact and Importance of Board Service, The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

CREDITS: White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows, Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1923)