Family Service of El Paso delivers mental health services that improve the life, health, and wellbeing of individuals and families in the El Paso community.
The board will support the work of Family Service of El Paso and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to day operations are led by the executive director, the board – executive director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the board is both critical and expected. Specific board member responsibilities include:
Leadership, governance and oversight
- Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
- Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements Family Service’s strategic plan
- Attend and conscientiously participate in board meetings
- Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Family Service for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
- Approving Family Service’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
- Assisting the Executive Director and board chair in identifying and recruiting other board members
- Partnering with the executive director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
- Representing Family Service to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for Family Service to advance its mission
- Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the mission of Family Service
- Ensuring Family Service’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Family Service serves
Family Service board members will consider Family Service a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Family Service can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, Family Service expects to have 100 percent of board members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. Board members are expected to help identify personal connections that can benefit the organizations fundraising.
Family Service board members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Family Service’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected board members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing board members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for advancing the mission of Family Service and improving the lives of Family Service’s beneficiaries
- Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in business, government, media, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of Family Service’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
- Can commit the time necessary to be an exceptional board member
- Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
Service on Family Service’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to board members’ duties.