Call for Board Chair, Volunteer

Discovery Category: Volunteer Opportunities
Start Date: Feb 01, 2022
End Date: Feb 01, 2024
Format: Online
Provider: Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre


Time commitment:
8-10 hours/month   Term Length: 2 years
ART STARTS charity creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We bring professional artists and communities together to work in and across all artistic disciplines. We use the arts to engage residents, nurture resiliency, cultivate life skills and inspire personal growth amongst children, youth, adults and seniors living in under-served communities. To learn more, check out our YouTube videos at ArtStartsTO.
The Art Starts’ Board of Directors is recruiting an experienced board member who would also serve as Board Chair. This is an opportunity to fulfill an important and high-profile role on an active and collaborative board.
We are looking for a Chair whose responsibilities would include:
  • Policy and Planning: Reviews guiding principles and policies; Ensures effective planning, overseeing board involvement in development and approval of strategic plan; Monitors organization’s programs in support of the mission and strategic plan
  • Budget and Finances: Protects assets; Provides financial oversight
  • Fundraising and Development: Maximizes board member participation in resource development; Attends fundraising events, cultivates donors; Solicits contributions from board members
  • Board Meetings: Leads and facilitates board meetings
  • Committee Work: Ensures that board has effective committee and task force structure; Keep board informed of committee and task force work; Sits on the Board’s Executive Committee
  • Board Recruitment and Development: Ensures strategic board building and recruitment; Sets goals and expectations for the board; Cultivates leadership among individual board members
  • Management Oversight, Compensation, Evaluation: Oversees hiring, compensation, and evaluation of Executive Director
  • Board Assessment: Oversees comprehensive board assessment every two years
  • Public Relations and Communications: Promotes and advocates for the organization’s mission with public policy makers; Speaks for the board when a controversy or crisis arises
This appointment would be for a two-year term, renewable for up 3 terms total. The ideal candidate would demonstrate:
  • Prior experience on a non-profit Board or other related governance experience;
  • Professional designation and/or experience;
  • Readiness to support fundraising for Art Starts through ideas, contacts and experience;
  • Passion for the organization’s mission to serve and a very high standard of personal ethics;
  • Strong communication and networking skills and success in working within a diverse team.


How to Register:

In accordance with Art Starts’ COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all Employees, Contractors and Volunteers required to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination series by October 15th, 2021. As a condition of hire, new staff will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencing employment.
Interested candidates should apply with a resume and cover letter expressing interest ATTN: Art Starts Board,
We regret that only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. 
No phone calls please.

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