Applications for our 2019 Board of Directors are now open. Click here to get started!
Application Opens: September 4, 2018
Application Closes: September 22, 2018, at midnight (Deadline extended due to Hurricane Florence.)
Applications reviewed: September 22 - 25, 2018
Board approves candidates to be interviewed: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Candidates notified: September 27 - October 4, 2018
Interviews: October 7 - 21, 2018
Board approves final slate of invitations for 2019 board of directors: October 31, 2018
Q&A - Serving on the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors
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.
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. Here's a general breakdown of how our current board members spend their time each month:
- Attending board meetings (1.5 hours/month)
- Attending annual, two-day board retreat in January (approximately 10 hours total)
- Attending one committee meeting per month (2 hours/month)
- Performing necessary work as required by your committee (2 – 3 hours/month)
- Attending YNPN Triangle NC events when able (2 hours/month)
- Representing YNPN in the Triangle community as needed
- Responding to board communications in a timely fashion as needed
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 participate in meetings and events. Additionally, General Directors serve on at least one committee (Programming, Summit, Fundraising, and/or Marketing & Communications). 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 board is made up of the following roles:
- Vice Chair
- National YNPN Liaison (position filled for 2018)
- Governance Chair
- Programming Chair
- Summit Chair
- Marketing & Communications Chair
- Fundraising Chair
- General Director
The positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Administrator, National YNPN Liaison, and Governance Chair all sit on the Executive Committee. All Chairs (including Programming, Summit, Marketing & Communications, and Fundraising) serve two-year terms and help to support the growth and development of General Directors. Each of these chairs also manages their respective committees. Chair positions do have the potential to be split into co-chair positions if desired, with two people serving in that role.
Chair positions typically require more volunteer time each month, roughly 15 - 20 hours compared to the 10 hours that General Director positions require. 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.
A. Here are some of the responsibilities we ask our Chairs to take on as part of their service to the board:
- Submit monthly committee report to the Adminstrator in a timely manner
- 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, including adhering to their committee budget
- Complete committee-specific activities as detailed in descriptions.
A. We are committed to ensuring that our board is 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. 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:
- Ability to follow-through
- Ability to work in a team setting
- Ability to work independently
- Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Dedication to service
- Strong written communications
- Time management
- Willingness to travel
- Work experience
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll connect you with the best person.