Become a Board Member

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Join the Board

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Board of Directors of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence. We are pleased that you have an interest in working to support families affected by abuse. The following information outlines how our organization selects the most qualified members to serve on our Board of Directors Team.

Board Members of BTSADV embody and carry out the mission and vision of the organization. It is their duty and responsibility to assist in developing a solid plan  to fulfill the mission and vision of the organization. This will be continually revisited to ensure we are addressing the needs of our community.

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Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

The heart of BTSADV was established on December 3, 2011 when our Founder, Kristen Faith, broke her silence on social media. To uphold the culture of the organization, we are committed to continually educating all current and new members about our history and our BTSADV values.

Board Members have an array of responsibilities to ensure our nonprofit is continually growing and meeting the needs of our audience. We expect members to go above and beyond their call of duty during their tenure with us.

Who We Are

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.  Board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight: think of them as up in the crow’s nest scanning the horizon for signs of storms or rainbows to explore, perhaps with a pot of gold at the end!

Just as for any corporation, the board of directors of a nonprofit has three primary legal duties known as the “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.”

  1. Duty of Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will;
  2. Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the nonprofit’s activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in the best interest of the individual board member (or any other individual or for-profit entity).
  3. Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.

However, a board of directors does not exist solely to fulfill legal duties and serve as a fiduciary of the organization’s assets. Board members also play very significant roles providing guidance to nonprofits by contributing to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. Beyond fulfilling legal duties, board members can be important resources for the organization in multiple ways.

Meetings

Our Working Board meets monthly via video conferencing. Due to the growth of BTSADV, we welcome potential board members in all areas of the country. We value the time and commitment of our Board and require members to attend all meetings. If a Board Member misses 3 or more meetings in a calendar year, members will be asked to leave the board. This policy ensures all members can commit to carrying out the mission and work of the organization.

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Our Board Director Tara Woodlee and her Angel Daughter Ashleigh Lindsey
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Terms of Office

Our Executive Members serve a minimum of a 2-year term and are able to serve a 3rd year. Terms of office coincide with the members elected date year to year.

Functions of the Board:

  • All Board Members must fundraise $3,000 to BTSADV during each calendar year. This can be done through a variety of ways (i.e. events, partnerships, or personal giving efforts).
  • Determine the organization’s mission and purpose. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  • Ensure adequate resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to provide adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.
  • Provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Ensure effective organizational planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  • Enhance the organization’s public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and to monitor their effectiveness.
  • Support the chief executive and assess their performance. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.
  • Board Members are required to attend and participate in every Board Meeting. Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of each month.
  • Members must be willing to serve as a volunteer during their tenure. Board Members may be required to fill volunteer positions.

What is the structure of the BTSADV Board?

Our Working Board is comprised of passionate community leaders and business owners with diverse backgrounds. As a growing nonprofit, we are eager to continually enhance and grow our top notch team. We are looking for members to expand the makeup of our Board to ensure we represent a wide range of professionals in various industries.

How Do I Apply to the Board of BTSADV?

By applying to the BTSADV Board you are offering to take on an important volunteer role with significant responsibilities and commitments. We require all potential and all functioning Board Members to uphold a volunteer position throughout the duration of their service to the organization. After you complete the online application, the Board Recruitment Committee will review your application with an eye to answering the following questions:

  • Does this person offer the organizational, corporate/fiscal, board and social justice commitments needed to participate in BTSADV Board work and to support BTSADV’s mission?
  • Does this person fill the requirements of current/future organizational needs, geographic representation, representation of battered/formerly battered women, and skill areas that the committee is charged with meeting?
  • Would this person’s presence on the Board strengthen the ability of the Board and Staff of BTSADV to carry out their responsibilities to the organization and to the Movement?
  • How does this potential member address conflict?
  • Does this potential member effectively communicate when concerns arise?
  • Does this person have other commitments that they foresee arising in the next 2-3 calendar years that would conflict with their commitment to effectively serve on the Board? Can the member commit to effectively serving with the Board for a minimum of 2-years?

The Recruitment committee reviews applications often. Applicants whose written materials suggest they have met the criteria above will be invited to participate in a telephone interview with at least 2 members of the board.

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What is the Selection Process?

  1. Complete online application below
  2. Email resume and bio to volunteers@breakthesilencedv.org
  3. Applications will be reviewed by our selection committee
  4. Prospective candidates will be contacted by one of our current Board Members for an introductory meeting.
  5. Prospective Members will be asked to serve as a volunteer for a minimum of 90 days prior to being considered for a Board Position
  6. Following volunteerism, Board Members will vote to determine new members.

What if I’m not selected?

BTSADV Board of Directors selection committee receives applications from dedicated and qualified individuals with a strong commitment to domestic violence survivor movement. If you are not asked to serve on the Board, you may be offered an opportunity to serve on one of our Volunteer Committees.

Join our Board!