Serve on YNPN Board of Directors

Our 2017 Board of Directors applications are now closed. 

If you are interested in serving on a committee, we will start recruitment in December 2016. Thank you for being a member of YNPN Triangle NC!

Application Timeline

Applications Open: September 6, 2016

Applications Close: September 18, 2016

Applications reviewed/scored: September 19 - 26

Board approves candidates to be interviewed: Wednesday, September 28

Candidates notified: September 29 - October 3

Interviews: October 3 - 19

Board approves final slate of invitations for 2017 Board of Directors: October 26

 


Q&A on serving on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors

 

 

I'm new and/or have never served on a board before. What might be a good fit for me?

What kind of time commitment is involved to be on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors?

What types of positions are on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors?

What are the expectations for Chairs?

What are you looking for in future YNPN Triangle NC board members?

I'd like to talk to someone about serving on the board before applying. Who can I reach out to?

 

Q. I'm new and/or have never served on a board before. What might be a good fit for me?

A.   Don't let being new or having no previous board experience stop you from applying! This is one of the reasons why YNPN Triangle NC exists: to create a safe space to practice professional skills and gain the experience of serving on a board. The General Director position, created in 2016, can be considered an "entry-level" position and is meant to provide a gateway for board service. This is a perfect role for someone who is interested in being more involved in this chapter but is either unsure or not yet ready to take on the responsibility of managing their own committee. 

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Q.    What kind of time commitment is involved to be on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors?

A.   Great question! We ask our board members to commit a minimum of 10 hours each month to YNPN Triangle NC (this number increases to 15 - 20 hours a month for Chairs). This includes attending monthly board meetings, committee meetings, and events. Thanks to our friends at YNPN Twin Cities, here's a general breakdown of how our current board members allot their time each month: 

  • Attending Board meetings (1.5 hours/month)

  • Performing necessary work as required by your Committee (2 – 3 hours/month)

  • Preparing for meetings and/or events

  • Attending YNPN socials, professional development events (2 – 4 hours/month)

  • Representing YNPN in the Triangle community

  • Responding to YNPN Board emails in a timely fashion (2 hours/week)

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Q.   What types of positions are on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors?

A.   Our Board of Directors offers both one-year and two-year positions. Our one-year positions are known as General Directors. As a General Director, you are a voting board member and asked to attend meetings and events. Additionally, General Directors are asked to serve on one of our committees. We encourage General Directors to serve on committees that may be out of their typical experience in order to develop new skills and knowledge.

Our Executive Committee is made up of the more traditional positions, including:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Administrator (Secretary)
  • National YNPN Liaison
  • Governance Chair

Our Chairs serve two-year terms and help to support the growth and development of General Directors. As of September 2016, we are revising the Chair positions as we review our board structure. In previous years, we've had Event, Outreach, Communications, Membership Relations, and Conference chairs.

Chair positions typically ask for more volunteer time each month, roughly 15 - 20 hours compared to the 10 hours that General Directors can ask. But, it fluctuates. Some months are lighter than others. We can adapt and be flexible too because life happens - people get married, take vacations, switch jobs. This is where we stress the values of transparency, accountability, and knowing when to ask for help.

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Q.   What are the expectations for Chairs?

A.   Besides being awesome, here are some of the responsibilities we ask our Chairs to take on as part of their service to the board:

  • Submit monthly report to Adminstrator by the designated time
  • Communicate with committee members frequently
  • Recruit members for committee work
  • Support committee members as needed
  • Participate in the committee as a fully active member.
  • Provide Board oversight to ensure that committees are carrying out their charges and that committee Chairs are carrying out their duties.
  • Complete committee-specific activities as detailed in descriptions.

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Q.   What are you looking for in future YNPN Triangle NC board members?

A.   We are committed to ensuring that our board is accurately reflective of the Triangle community. We want diverse voices at the table, representing different communities, identities, issues, and perspectives.

As we prepared for our next class of oncoming board members, we conducted an internal audit of the assets and areas of weakness of our current board. From this activity, we recognized that we are missing critical representation on our board, including people of color, men, and voices from the LGTBQ community. We also want to ensure that there is broad representation from a variety of organizational positions, including those who work in operations, technology, executive leadership, and direct service.

Overall, we are looking for folks who exhibit:

  • Leadership

  • Willingness to travel

  • Time management

  • Organization

  • Strong written communications

  • Accountability

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to work in a team setting

  • Dedication to service (touch on nonprofit experience)

  • Critical-thinker

  • Positivity

  • Work experience

  • Ability to follow-through

  • Respectful

  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

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Q.   I'd like to talk to someone about serving on the board before applying. Who can I reach out to?


A.   We'd love to talk to you! Here is our current Board of Directors. Feel free to reach out to one of us individually, especially if we are currently in a role that you are interested in serving. Or, you can send a note to info@ynpntrianglenc.org and we'll connect you with the best person.

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