What does the Board of Directors do?
The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for insuring that the Katimavik organization behaves in a responsible and legal manner. The Board approves any changes to Katimavik’s vision, mission and objectives. They approve annual reports, including financial statements, and generally work to insure that Katimavik respects its commitments and partnership agreements. Moreover, Board members are involved in providing personal guidance to enrich the development of successful youth programs.
Why is there an alumni position open on the Board of Directors?
Katimavik’s Board of Directors has long had a policy whereby recent alumni from the program would sit on the Board, providing both first-hand experience of life as a volunteer and a youth perspective on issues affecting Katimavik. To reflect our strong commitment to parity and diversity, the Board of Directors would like to invite a female alumni volunteer to join.
What are the eligibility criteria in order to apply to be a Director on Katimavik’s Board?
Candidates must meet the following mandatory requirements:
- Have completed a Katimavik program since 2006-2007
- Have a genuine dedication to the mission and goals of Katimavik:
- Developing with diverse Canadian youth 21st Century citizenship and skills.
- Through volunteering, developing communities across Canada.
- Engaging youth in active reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.
- Be available for regular Board meetings, usually by conference call (weekly), sometimes in person (three times per year).
- Be willing to invest the time and energy to contribute effectively to Board meetings and projects.
- Have a National perspective.
- Have a strong interest and/or knowledge of Indigenous cultures, challenges and histories, as well as the desire to actively engage in Reconciliation,
- Have a strong interest in eco-stewardship et sustainable living
- Be able to work and communicate effectively in a group.
- Behave in an ethical, respectful, pragmatic and supportive manner.
- Be able to speak in French and in English.
- Be ready to share their experience as a Katimavik volunteer as well as experiences and perspectives gained since completing the program with other Board members.
In addition, the following skills, competencies, experiences and personal, cultural or regional characteristics will be considered as additional assets when evaluating each candidate:
- Strategic vision.
- Rigorous organizational thinker.
- Entrepreneurial and resourceful.
- Knowledge of environmental and ecological issues.
- Knowledge of marketing, communications and social media.
- Experience with community or non-profit organizations.
- Corporate governance or non-profit Board of Director experience.
- Knowledge of indigenous issues.
- Expertise with experiential learning or education.
- Being a member of an indigenous community, the LGBTQ community or a visible minority.
- Other volunteer experience since completing the Katimavik program.
Why would I want to join Katimavik’s Board?
- Participating in the relaunch of a nation-wide Katimavik program.
- Contributing your perspective to Board of Directors discussions.
- Giving back to the Katimavik program.
- Sharing legal and fiduciary responsibilities with other Board members for the Katimavik organization.
- Growing your professional network.
- Building your resume.
Submitting your application:
If you meet the mandatory requirements and at least several of the additional assets listed above, we hope you will apply! (Note that the ability to speak French and English does not mean being perfectly bilingual. We are looking for alumni that can engage in basic conversations in their second language.)
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Alumni Board Application”. Please make sure you include the following information in your email:
- Your full name
- Your gender or gender-identity
- The year you completed the Katimavik program as well as your group number (if you remember it) and the communitie(s) in which you volunteered
- Your email address
- Your phone number
In addition, you also have to include the following documents with your application:
- A one-page cover letter explaining why you wish to become a Board member and how you feel you can best contribute to the relaunch of the Katimavik program.
- A resume that also includes your volunteering experiences.
- A document indicating your availability for Board meetings and projects.
- Any other document you feel will help your candidacy.
Katimavik will score applications according to the breadth and depth of the skills, competencies and experiences evident in each candidacy, while insuring that the candidates retained represent as broadly as possible the cultural, regional and demographic diversity of our alumni.