Board Member

Organization Details
Organization Name: Main Street Project
Address: 75 Martha St.
Winnipeg MB  R3B 1A4
Website: http://www.mainstreetproject.ca/
Organizational Description: Main Street Project is a not for profit organization that provides a safe, respectful, accessible place for individuals at risk in the community. We have an emergency shelter, a drop-in centre, a detox unit and a transitional housing space for our patrons. We advocate for a more inclusive society and assist marginalized individuals to make real choices.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Each board member is expected to know what exceptional governance is, to practice it as a board
member, and to remain apprised of new developments in the governance and regulatory
environment.
Board members are expected to read and understand Main Street Project's financial statements
and otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
Board members are expected to attend a minimum of 8 board meetings per year. They are
expected to review materials in advance of board meetings and come prepared to ask questions
and participate in discussions.
In addition to regular board meetings, board members are expected to serve on one or more
committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.
Board members are expected to responsibly represent Main Street Project to their respective
communities and to advocate for the mission, programs and services as appropriate.
Board members are expected to support Main Street Project's fundraising efforts and initiatives
Skills Required: Qualifications and Expertise
Main Street Project is seeking individuals with previous board experience, diverse life experiences and an appreciation of not-for-profit governance environment who will: champion our vision that Every individual has a safe place to be and the right to self-determination; ensure sound stewardship of our organization; be active in their governance roles; and guide us confidently into the future.
Qualifications/Characteristics:
-Previous board experience (considered an asset)
-Commitment to the mission of Main Street Project
-Sensitive to the communities to which Main Street Project serves
-Highly regarded and respected by others
-Able to strengthen Main Street Project with expertise developed through previous board,
business or professional experience
-Be informed, available, and engaged
-Willing to attend meetings and represent Main Street Project or its interests at community
events and donor circles
-A conscientious steward who is as interested in the ongoing development of the organization
and monitoring its health while promoting its programs
-A belief in board service and corporate social responsibility with a personal reputation as a
committed and inspired proponent of service
-Understanding of the nature and complexity of Winnipeg's social service and health systems
coupled with the very complex needs of our clients
-A commitment to participate
Expertise: The ideal candidate will also demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas:
-Indigenous Culture and general
Cultural Diversity
-Law and Legislation*
-Human Resource Management*
-Risk Management
-Financial Acumen*
-Strategic Planning
* Priority areas
-Governance
-Government Relations
-Public Policy
-Public Relations/ Communications
-Health Care, Harm Reduction &
Substance Use*
-Donor Relations/Fund Development
-Social services / Community
Development*
Being mindful of where we are situated on Treaty 1 territory, as well as employment equity standards,
the MSP board seeks to be reflective of the client base we serve at MSP i.e. non-white, gender fluid,
Indigenous, people living with disabilities, etc. Having lived experience of existing in the margins is
mutually beneficial and helps to create more meaningful spaces.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: You will be part of a qualified team
As a member of our skill-based Board of Directors, you will enjoy a collegial environment along with 12 other highly committed and qualified volunteer directors. Together with the support of our Executive Director, you will provide oversight to our strategic planning; monitor agency performance, quality and risk; and ensure sustainable operations. You will engage in generative dialogue and contribute to making strategic decisions that will ensure Main Street Project continues to play a leading role in our
health and social service system. You will contribute your time in a meaningful and rewarding way, grow professionally and together with your director colleagues will make a noticeable difference to our organization and to the people we serve.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Evening
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are supported
Organization will provide: Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: BOD@mainstreetproject.ca
Closing Date: Aug 15, 2020
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