Local Non-Profit New Futures Seeking New Board Members
Local non-profit New Futures is currently seeking candidates to serve as members of the Board of Directors, to do the things that board members do best â€“ help raise funds, do marketing, publicity, planning, advising and much more.
In case you’re not familiar with New Futures, here’s some info from their website:
New Futuresâ€™ mission is to partner with families to create communities where children thrive. Our integrated, culturally relevant programs build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths. Within low-income apartment complexes in South King County, which have the highest rates of poverty and school failure in King County, New Futures provides educational programs and support services to families we work with.
We have four sites in South King County: Arbor Heights in White Center, The Heights at Burien (formerly Vintage Park) in Burien, Windsor Heights in SeaTac, and Woodridge Park in Boulevard Park. We impact all of the 3,500 individuals in the apartment complexes in which we are located with services that include translation, advocacy with management and schools, support with basic needs like food and clothing, community-building events, outreach, increased social cohesion, and reduced crime.
In addition to general board member responsibilities (see below) New Futures is looking for 1 – 3 people that have one or more of the following attributes:
- Resides and/or works in South King county
- Possesses fundraising ability/experience/ contacts
- Represents families we serve/ cultural competency/knowledge of community New Futures serves
- Has marketing expertise
If you would like more information about serving on the Board please contact Jenn Ramirez Robson at [email protected].
If you are interested in New Futures but are unable to make the commitment required for a full board seat at this time, please consider volunteering for one of their standing committees:
- Strategic Planning
Here’s the job description for New Futures’ Board Members;
The board as a whole has the responsibility for governing the entire organization, for establishing and upholding the organizationâ€™s mission and vision and for preparing for the organizationâ€™s successful future.
- Establish the organizationâ€™s mission, vision, values, priorities (strategic plan) and keep them in focus at all times
- Plan for the organizationâ€™s future on a long-term and short-term basis
- Ensure alignment of program priorities with strategic plan
- Ensure the evaluation of programs and operations on a regular basis
- Recruit, orient, train and recognize board members and provide them with opportunities to grow and develop as leaders
- Hire, orient, support and guide the Executive Director and evaluate his/her performance annually
- Develop personnel policies, including setting salary ranges, benefits and grievance procedures
- Ensure financial accountability of the organization and ensure appropriate financial controls are in place
- Assist in the development of and approve the annual budget
- Oversee the organizationâ€™s properties and investments
- Review and approve audit and respond to any issues
- Ensure adequate resources to fulfill the organizationâ€™s mission
- Participate in fundraising activities
- Help identify, steward and thank major donors
- Enhance the organizationâ€™s public standing by clearly articulating its mission, accomplishments and goals to the public
- Ensure that the programs and services appropriately address constituent needs
- Promote collaborative relationships with other organizations
- Help identify opportunities to promote the organization
- Conduct annual board performance evaluations and establish plans to improve board accomplishments and processes
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability to 501(c)(3) guidelines and to each other
- Maintain an effective structure with committees appropriate to the size of the organization
- Conduct board meetings that generate and utilize the best possible thinking of its members
Individual Board Member Responsibilities:
- Learn and keep in focus the organizationâ€™s mission, vision, values, goals, policies and programs/services
- Suggest new board members
- Serve on at least one committee
- Avoid conflicts of interest
- Follow trends in the organizationâ€™s field
- Prepare for and participate in all board meetings
- Read and understand presented financial statements
- Exercise prudence regarding the expenditure of funds
- Represent the organization in the community
- Participate in board fundraising activities including the annual event
- Make a personally significant financial contribution
- Attend New Futures organized public functions
- Be open serving in a leadership capacity 5-10 hours per month, including:
- board meeting preparation and attendance
- committee meeting preparation and attendance
- fundraising and special requests
- Serve a minimum of 3 years
In 1993, New Futures linked 4 apartment units together in The Heights at Burien and converted the space into classrooms, computer labs, and family meeting areas, to open our largest family center.
Located in the heart of Burien, The Heights at Burien has 543 apartments inside the complex, which makes it one of the largest complexes in the Puget Sound area. A majority of the residents here are Latino. There is also a large group of indigenous Mexican immigrants known as Purepecha, who speak a language called Tarascan, which dates back to the time of the Aztecs.
Like all of our sites, we offer English Language Learner (ELL) classes, translation services, and family advocacy services to help recent immigrant families navigate unfamiliar education and governmental systems, so they can thrive.
More information on New Futures is available at their website.