Invitation to stand for the CYH Board of Directors

Check Your Head is looking for leaders with a passion for social, economic and environmental justice and youth education to serve on our Board of Directors! We’re actively looking to increase the range and diversity of skills, perspectives, and experiences on our board.

In particular, we welcome candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • Human resources
  • Legal
  • Financial management/accounting
  • Fundraising
  • Youth development and working with vulnerable youth
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Communication and conflict resolution

Prior experience on a non-profit board is not required, and preferred. All candidates should be committed to ongoing social, economic and environmental justice, and anti-oppression analysis. Board positions are available to youth and youth allies.

Interested candidates are invited to apply via the following process:

1. Review the CYH Board Member Job Description (see below)

2. Prepare the candidate Expression of Interest (see below or download as a form) and describe the skills and experience you can bring to our team and submit along with your CV/resume to board(at)

3. Attend a Meet and Greet with the Board Recruitment Committee to learn more about the position (potential applicants will be contacted to schedule it in the second half of September)

If you would like to know more about Check Your Head and the work of the Board of Directors prior to submitting an expression of interest, please send an email to board(at) and we would be happy to schedule a meet and greet first.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us at board(at) as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will be accepted until Friday, September 22, 2017 (the deadline has been extended).

Check Your Head Member of the Board of Directors Job Description and Expectations

Board of Directors Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Check Your Head, in support of the organization’s mission and needs.

Major responsibilities*:
– Organizational leadership and advisement
– Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
– Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
– Fiduciary & financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
– Hiring and supervision of the Executive Director
– Coordinating personnel evaluations and supporting staff during hiring
– Oversight of program planning and evaluation
– Review of organizational and programmatic reports
– Promotion of the organization
– Fundraising and outreach

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of Check Your Head. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on their experience and vantage point in the community. More specific tasks are taken on by the officer roles of co-chairs, secretary and treasurer.

Length of term: Board terms are two years, renewable at the end of each term at the Annual General Meeting in November.

Meetings and time commitment:
– The Board of Directors meets monthly at the CYH office
– Committees of the board are formed on an ad hoc basis and meet as needed (average of 5-10 hrs/month, depending on Committee)
– Staff send out regular email requests for information/support – board members are expected to reply in a timely manner
– Each year the board supports and organizes fundraising efforts such as campaigns and annual events; all board members are expected to assist

Expectations of board members:

> Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able – Serve as an Officer and sit on one standing committee, or sit on two standing committees if not serving as an OfficerBe alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the Check Your Head mission, objectives, and programs

> Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the Check Your Head mission, objectives, and programs

> Help communicate and promote Check Your Head mission and programs to the community

> Participate in strategic planning processes to review purposes, programs, priorities, funding needs, and targets of achievement

> Ensure financial responsibility by approving the annual budget and overseeing adherence to it

> Understand and uphold the policies and procedures of Check Your Head

> Financially support Check Your Head in a manner commensurate with one’s ability and actively support and promote fundraising efforts of the organization

Desired Skills and Experience:
– Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice issues and anti- oppression analysis
– Prior non-profit management/board experience an asset, particularly board development and leadership experience and skills
– Knowledge of financial and fiduciary management
– Current knowledge of fund development strategies and best practices
– Skills for building and maintaining strong and diverse donor base
– Experience, interest, and passion to support the development and implementation of fundraising strategies, activities and events to further CYH’s mandate
– Experience working or volunteering within the non-profit sector
– Experience developing organizational policies, strategic planning, and human resource management
– Familiarity with the work of Check Your Head
– Experience working with, and developing outreach strategies to diverse youth communities
– Ability to work collaboratively and have fun!

Board of Directors Candidate Expression of Interest

Please provide a short answer to the following questions describing your experience and interest in joining the CYH Board of Directors as your cover letter, and email it along with your CV/resume, to board(at) by September 15.

  1. Why are you interested in a position on the Board of Directors at CYH?
  2. Briefly describe your background and interest in social and environmental justice.
  3. Briefly describe any experience you have had working or volunteering with not-for-profit organizations.
  4. What skills can you bring to the Board of Directors at CYH? (i.e. fund development, human resources, non-profit management, organizational development, strategic planning, financial, legal, youth engagement, connections to diverse communities, etc).
  5. What do you hope to accomplish in your time on the Board?
  6. What kind of time commitment are you willing/able to commit to your responsibilities as a Board member? (For example, how long do you envision holding this position, how much time do you have to offer each week, are you available for evening or weekend meetings/retreats, etc.?)
  7. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

We are looking forward to hearing from you!