Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF) is recruiting new board members for the upcoming term, starting in June 2021. We encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQQIPA individuals and people who are members of Canada’s diverse communities to apply to join the board. We are committed to building and maintaining a work environment that is welcoming to people who bring other ways of seeing, knowing and communicating to our work.
SCCF is a registered charity whose mission is to be a voice for the earth. We work to protect and preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities. Since 1971, SCCF has funded tens of millions of dollars’ worth of important work, from small local projects to large, multi-year campaigns with many volunteers, scientists and organizations.
We are funded by individual donors, grassroots memberships, foundations and others who recognize that we all have a right to a safe and healthy environment: clean air, clean water, open spaces, wilderness, and healthy and diverse ecosystems. We are unique in the environmental movement because we enable average citizens to organize activities that improve our local, national and global environments.
Roles and Responsibilities
Board members work together to provide proper governance and oversight to the organization. They work collaboratively with the SCCF team, including staff, board members and volunteers to implement our strategic plan, project commitments, communications and development. We seek those who work well in a team setting and have excellent communication and listening skills.
The board of directors meets once a month for two hours. Members of the board are expected to participate in at least one committee, assist in fundraising and support the work of the organization. Regional and Sierra Youth directors must liaise with their chapters. All board and committee meetings are held online.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Individuals must be members of SCCF and age 18 or older at the time of their election or appointment to the board. Preference will be given to applicants who have an understanding and practice of equity, diversity and inclusion. Proficiency in English is required and bilingualism is an asset. Selections will also factor in skills, experience, geography and diversity of the entire board.
You have experience, knowledge and abilities in some of the following:
- Financial literacy and/or accounting skills
- Fundraising and/or membership development
- Charity and/or non-profit governance
- Communications, including social media
- Environmental law and/or policy development
Board and Committee Positions
The SCCF Board of Directors consists of 12 elected directors: 6 directors-at-large, five regional directors, and a Sierra Youth director. The elected board may appoint two additional directors to serve as Secretary and Treasurer for a term of one year. All other directors are elected for two-year terms, or for the balance of a two-year term if a vacancy occurs mid-term. Currently, we seek the following:
- A Sierra Youth director. Only members thirty-years of age or younger residing anywhere in Canada are eligible to apply for this position.
- A director-at-large. All members are eligible to apply for this position
We are also seeking individuals interested in serving in a volunteer capacity on the following committees that report to the board: Communications; Finance; Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; National Conservation, and National Development.
If you are nominating yourself for a position on the Board of Directors, please provide a brief biography, covering letter detailing your interest and areas of expertise plus a resume.
If you are nominating someone else, please provide us with the name and contact information of that individual, and a brief biography of the person you are nominating.
Similarly, if you are interested in serving on one of our national committees, please submit your covering letter and resume. Volunteer members of committees may be added at the discretion of the chair of each committee and must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Please send your nominations or address your inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org