Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF) is recruiting new board and committee members for the upcoming term, starting in June 2022. We encourage Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQQIPA individuals and people from other equity-seeking groups of Canada’s diverse communities to apply. 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 accomplished 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.
Committee members work together to achieve mandates related to their focal areas. They use email and roughly monthly meetings to move these goals. All board and committee meetings are held online. Active committees with their typical monthly meeting day are listed on the website here.
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 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 one or more 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
The SCCF Board of Directors consists of 12 elected directors: six 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:
Atlantic director. Only SCCF members normally residing in NL, PE, NB or NS are eligible to apply for this position.
BC director. Only SCCF members normally residing in British Columbia are eligible to apply for this position.
Ontario director. Only SCCF members normally residing in Ontario are eligible to apply for this position.
Prairie director: Only SCCF members normally residing in AB, MB, NU, NWT, and SK are eligible to apply for this position.
4 directors-at-large. All members are eligible to apply for these positions.
In addition to and separate from the board positions listed above, we are also seeking individuals interested in serving in a volunteer capacity on the following committees that report to the board:
National Communications Committee
National Development Committee
If you are nominating yourself for a position on the Board of Directors, please complete this initial survey online. We will contact you.
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 via email to email@example.com
If you are interested in serving on one of our national committees, please email us with a cover 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. Address your applications or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org