Looking for Board Members
Someplace Safe Board of Directors seeks new members as we continue to achieve our mission of to create safer communities in West Central Minnesota by providing high quality crime victim services.
Someplace Safe Board of Directors member terms are two years in duration and a member may serve up to three consecutive terms.
Someplace Safe Board members are expected to provide a time commitment of two to five hours per month to ensure all duties are fulfilled; and provide additional time as needed for special events and projects.
Someplace Safe Board meetings are on the fourth Tuesday off odd month. Meetings normally last 1.5 hours and are held in Fergus Falls or Alexandria as well as by electronic means.
Expectations of the Board as a whole
As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:
- Determining the mission, core values, and purpose of the organization;
- Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director;
- Strategic and organizational planning;
- Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management;
- Fundraising and resource development;
- Approving and monitoring Someplace Safe’s programs and services;
- Enhancing Someplace Safe’s public image; and
- Assessing its own performance as the governing body of Someplace Safe.
Expectations of Individual Board Members
Each individual board member is expected to:
- Know the organization’s mission, core values, policies, programs, and needs;
- Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements;
- Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for Someplace Safe to advance its mission;
- Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve Someplace Safe’s mission;
- Give a meaningful personal financial donation;
- Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy;
- Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings; and
- Participate fully in one or more committees.
Further, board members are expected to:
- Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions;
- Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings; and
- Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of Someplace Safe.
If you are considering joining the Board of Directors, please download and read the following:
Someplace Safe Board Position Description
Someplace Safe Board Application
Someplace Safe board applications are accepted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org