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Seeking new board members

Vashon Audubon is recruiting candidates for two important positions: board president and board secretary. A third position, volunteer coordinator, can be on the board or not. We are also seeking members for a Recruitment Committee.

Board president job description
General responsibilities: Lead Vashon Audubon board and key volunteers, oversee management of finances and alignment of activities with mission and by-laws

Specific duties:
Presides at board meetings
Creates meeting agenda
Serves as primary contact for the board
Ensures all legal and financial obligations are met
Ensures adherence to Vashon Audubon by-laws and mission
Helps the board execute responsibilities
Works to build diversity and equity into organization
Oversees fundraising and resource development
Helps the board define and execute annual work program, budget, and evaluation of activities
Appoints committees or work groups as needed
Helps determine membership preferences through surveys and other qualitative methods
Offers support, guidance, and mentorship to board members and key volunteers
Ensures members and volunteers are recognized and appreciated
Supports and enhances community partnerships
Serves as liaison to National Audubon, Audubon Washington, and other Audubon chapters
Ensures annual report to National Audubon is filed

Desirable skills and experience:
Interest and expertise in birds, Vashon habitat, and climate change
Experience with non-profit board or executive leadership
Proven ability to effectively chair meetings
Expertise in financial oversight
Ability to recruit and motivate a cohesive group of board and volunteer leaders
Appropriately delegate duties and oversee implementation
Willingness to listen and respond to feedback from board members, volunteers, membership, and community partners
Creative problem solving
Reasonable ego and sense of humor
Membership in Vashon Audubon

Time commitment: 5-10 hours a week
Special notes: 2021 board meetings are first Tuesday 7-9 PM every other month; no scheduled meetings for July and August. Two-year term, June 2021-June 2023; elected by members.
Reports to: Board and members

For more information: Contact Adria Magrath, board VP, adriamagrath@gmail.com

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Board secretary job description
General responsibilities: Develop and maintain electronic filing system, document board meetings

Specific responsibilities:
Help board determine appropriate level of board meeting and organizational documentation
Attend and document board meetings
Help board determine needs for electronic document storage
Create document file directory and access for board members
Ensure all important documents are electronically filed
Create and maintain inventory of Vashon assets

Desirable skills and experience:
Interest in birds, Vashon habitat, and climate change
Experience with nonprofit boards
Interest in and ability to organize and categorize
Computer savvy
Efficient and responsible
Creative problem solving
Sense of humor
Membership in Vashon Audubon

Time commitment: 5 hours a week
Special notes: 2021 board meetings are first Tuesday 7-9 PM every other month; no scheduled meetings for July and August. One-year term, June 2021-June 2022; elected by members.
Reports to: Board and members

For more information: Contact Adria Magrath, board VP, adriamagrath@gmail.com

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Volunteer coordinator job description
General responsibilities: Recruits and coordinates volunteers for Vashon Audubon projects and events

Specific responsibilities:
Stay current with Vashon Audubon projects and need for volunteers
Access membership data base and volunteer list
Recruit volunteers through social media, Wings newsletter, emails, and networking
Work with membership chair to recognize contribution of volunteers
Write volunteer job descriptions as needed
Keep ongoing tally of number of volunteers and volunteer hours

Desirable skills and experience:
Good communication skills
Savvy with social media and computer programs

Time commitment: 3-5 hours a week
Special notes: Position can be on the board or not. If a board position, additional duties and skills desired.
Reports to: Board

For more information: Contact Adria Magrath, board VP, adriamagrath@gmail.com

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Recruitment committee
We’re forming a Recruitment Committee to identify, interview, and recommend candidates for the vacancies described above.

The vacancies must be filled by June 2021. The committee will likely hold meetings via Zoom, although there could be opportunities for small group gatherings or interviews outdoors.

If you’re interested in making a short-term commitment that will have a long-term impact on Vashon Audubon, send an email by February 20 to adriamagrath@gmail.com

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