Call for Board Nominations 2024

At Big Sisters, we acknowledge the land on which we work and mentor is the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), QayQayt First Nation, Kwantlen, q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen First Nations, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Stó:lō Nation. We are grateful to live, work and play on these lands.

Call for Board Nominations 

The Board Development Committee of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland invites nominations for individuals seeking election to its Board of Directors. We are specifically seeking applications from candidates with strong expertise in finance, auditing, and/or accounting.

Recruitment Process

Big Sisters is committed to continually enhancing our services by understanding and responding to the evolving needs of the diverse communities we serve. This involves an introspective process that supports a broad understanding of how to build knowledge and embed principles of Justice, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in all that we do. To support the organization in fulfilling these commitments, an equitable and sustained effort will be made to attract and encourage diverse candidates to apply for the Big Sisters Board of Directors.

The Board seeks the knowledge and experience, including lived experience, to provide strategic guidance to the organization, ensure necessary resources are in place to provide effective oversight and support management in realizing their objectives. With strong management in place, the Board’s role is to uphold strong governance. Each year the key competencies required at the Board level to meet our objectives are reviewed. This year, candidates with demonstrated experience, skill set and track record in some or combination of the following areas are required:

  • Finance: Expertise in financial oversight, budgeting, investment and financial policies and procedures
  • Organizational Strategy: Ability to think strategically and to assess strategic opportunities and threats in the context of the Big Sisters mission and vision; experience strategic planning, development and oversight. 
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI): Lived experience and understanding of principles and practices that support broad integration of JEDI into organizational contexts including, policies and procedures, best practices and current trends supporting greater inclusion across workplaces and within community-based programs.
  • Philanthropy: Experience and willingness to act, inspire and mobilize others via community connections, and influential community leadership
  • Human Resources: Experience with executive performance management and compensation, and benefit plans and risk management. 
  • Non-Profit Governance: Expertise in assessing Board’s effectiveness and recommending strategies and steps to improve and measure Board’s effectiveness; experience with non-profit leadership and / or governance
  • Legal: Understanding and ability to apply relevant legislations as it relates to the agency’s mandate and/or related to Canadian labour laws
  • IT: Experience with cybersecurity and governance requirements to oversee the agency’s information management and security strategies and risks.

Expected Time Commitment:

The term of the Board appointment is two years and may be renewable for up to four consecutive terms.

Directors must be willing and able to devote the time and effort necessary to fully participate in the governance of the organization. Typically, the Board meets 5-6 times per year, or approximately every second month to be more reflective of our current board schedule for 2024. Board members also serve on committees that are required to meet at least once a quarter.

Nominations Process:

Please submit a letter with your expression of interest along with your resume or biography to  board@bigsisters.bc.ca by March 8, 2024.

We are deeply committed to ensuring the recruitment of candidates is equitable. We strongly encourage applications from candidates with lived experience, including Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, Women, LGBTQIA2S+, persons with disabilities and neurodiversity. Please inform us of any accommodations that we can make throughout this process.

About Big Sisters

Vision

All young people realize their full potential

Mission

Enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people

For young people, the guidance and support of a trusted mentor can make all the difference. Big Sisters focuses on empowering youth to build confidence, resiliency, and self-esteem with a focus on prevention. Through our Big Sisters, Study Buddy, and Go Girls programs, we harness the power of mentorship to ignite the potential in youth across the Lower Mainland.

Every young person has limitless potential and unique strengths. We seek to maximize these traits in each person who is a part of Big Sisters: the Little Sisters who haven’t yet seen what they are capable of; the mentors who are realizing their capability as role models; our donors and community partners whose collaboration and support helps build sustainable programs; and the incredible volunteers and staff whose skills and knowledge continue to guide and grow this organization.

The Governance and Nominating Committee members will conduct virtual interviews with selected nominees. Following interviews, the committee will notify successful candidates that they will be recommended to the Board for approval in November 2024.