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Volunteer Board of Director Positions

by The Skill Centre

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: May 01, 2023
The Skill Centre

Job Description

Skill Centre
Board of Directors Volunteer Opportunity

The Skill Centre is a non-profit corporation that manages property in downtown London for leasing to social and community organizations and agencies.  The Board of Directors is seeking some dedicated volunteer board members to focus on further development of the mission, mandate and strategic plan of the Skill Centre while supporting the organization is attracting new collaborative not-for-profit partners into the space.

At this time, the Skill Centre Board is particularly looking for experience in the following skills: Real Estate and Property/Facility Management, Property Law, Information Technology, Marketing and Strategic Planning, however, all applicants will be considered.   Previous experience serving on a Board of Directors is an asset, but not essential. Those with lived immigration experience are also encouraged to apply.

Volunteer Position Description

Position: Board of Director (Unpaid volunteer)
Time commitment: 6-8 hours quarterly (meetings, preparation, committees, events)

Term: 2-year terms; eligible for re-election upon the expiry of their term

Purpose: The board will support the work of the Skill Centre and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by WIL’s Executive Director (ED), the board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Responsibility: Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and the community and will bring to their deliberations a broad knowledge, a long-range view and openness to learning.

Principle Duties
Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:
  • Being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Participate in the approval of the annual budget and monitor the financial performance of the Organization in relation to it
  • Identify prospective board members and possibly help recruit and mentor them
  • Prepare, attend and actively participate in all board meetings
  • Participate in the evaluation of the board itself (annual board self-evaluation)

  • Participate in the development and approval of a strategic plan to help guide future decisions and monitor performance of the strategic plan
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the ED
  • Keep informed about community issues and the broader environment relevant to the work of the Skill Centre
  • Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, and be open to compromise

Desired Skill Sets
  • Real Estate/Property Management/Property Law
    • Familiarity with not for profit facility and property management
    • Property evaluation and assessment experience
    • Legal compliance, agreement drafting and negotiations skills
  • Information Technology
    • Familiar with management and execution of IT infrastructure
    • Experience with network development, security, front line usage and back office systems
  • Strategic Planning
    • Experience participating in strategic planning for not for profits, in particular not for profits with property or facility management responsibility would be an asset
  • Marketing
    • Provide strategic support and warm introductions through your network in sourcing not for profit renters and collaborators in the space

The following are considered key job qualifications:
  • Availability of sufficient time to devote to board duties
  • A commitment to learning about the community and the field in which the Skill Centre operates
  • A commitment to make significant contributions to the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic direction

Evaluation: The performance of individual directors is evaluated annually in the context of the evaluation of the whole board and is based on the carrying out of duties and responsibilities as outlined above.

Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter outlining reasons for interest no later than Monday, May 15, 2023 to:

Board of Directors – Nomination Committee
The Skill Centre
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London, ON N6A 1G3

Your interest in this role is greatly appreciated.  Only those considered for the role will be contacted and interviews with nomination committee scheduled.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation to assist you with any aspect of the process, please make note upon interview scheduling. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the process.
The Skill Centre
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