Board of Directors – Volunteer Opportunity

WIL Employment Connections (WIL) drives innovative employment solutions to bring immigrants and employers together.  WIL is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing quality employment services and supports in London and area for over 30 years.  Currently, WIL is recruiting for members of the WIL Board of Directors.  WIL serves more than 1,000 clients annually.   WIL’s clients come from all walks of life and circumstances.  Approximately 80% of WIL clients are newcomers or immigrants to Canada.   WIL is looking for new Board members who are interested in the work of the organization and will champion the mission, vision and values of WIL, feel strongly about making a commitment to our community and are interested in making a difference in the lives of others.

At this time, WIL is particularly looking for experience in the following skills: Marketing and Public Relations, Real Estate, Information Technology and Government, however, all applicants will be considered.   Previous experience serving on a Board of Directors is an asset, but not essential. Those with lived immigration experience are also encouraged to apply.

Position: Board of Director (Unpaid volunteer)
Time commitment: 6-8 hours per month (meetings, preparation, events)
Term: 2-year terms; eligible for re-election upon the expiry of their term

WIL MISSION: WIL drives innovative employment solutions to bring immigrants and employers together.   WIL’s vision is that all immigrants are successfully employed.

Purpose: The board will support the work of WIL and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by WIL’s Executive Director (ED), the board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected

Accountability: The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to WIL’s clients, the community, funders, and other stakeholders. They are accountable for WIL’s performance in realizing its vision and achieving its goals as well as for the effective stewardship of financial, human, and other resources

Responsibility: Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and the community and will bring to their deliberations a broad knowledge, a long-range view and openness to learning

Principle Duties
Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:

Fiduciary

  • Being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Participate in the approval of the annual budget and monitor the financial performance of the Organization in relation to it
  • Participate in the hiring, annual performance evaluation, and firing of the ED as well as succession planning for key leadership positions
  • Identify prospective board members and possibly help recruit and mentor them
  • Prepare, attend and actively participate in all board meetings
  • Participate in the evaluation of the board itself (annual board self-evaluation)

Strategic

  • Participate in the development and approval of a strategic plan to help guide future decisions and monitor performance of the strategic plan
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

Generative

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the ED
  • Keep informed about community issues and the broader environment relevant to the work of WIL
  • Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, and be open to compromise

Desired Skill Sets

    • Marketing and Public Relations
      • Familiar with marketing and promotional campaigns (print and digital)
      • Knowledge of branding and content creation
      • Graphic design experience
    • Commercial Real Estate
      • Familiar with local commercial market
      • Property evaluation and assessment experience
      • Legal compliance, agreement drafting and negotiations skills
    • Information Technology
      • Familiar with management and execution of IT infrastructure
      • Experience with network development, security, front line usage and back office systems
    • Government and Political
      • Experience with multiple levels of government; municipal, provincial and federal
      • Familiar with government funding, grant writing and other interactions with government entities

Qualifications
The following are considered key job qualifications:

      • Availability of sufficient time to devote to board duties
      • A commitment to learning about the community and the field in which WIL operates
      • A commitment to make significant contributions to the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic direction


Evaluation:
The performance of individual directors is evaluated annually in the context of the evaluation of the whole board and is based on the carrying out of duties and responsibilities as outlined above

Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter outlining reasons for interest no later than Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to:

Board of Directors – Nomination Committee

WIL Employment Connections

141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor

London, ON N6A 1G3

boardrecruitment@wil.ca

Your interest in this role is greatly appreciated.  Only those considered for the role will be contacted and interviews with nomination committee scheduled

If you have a disability that requires accommodation to assist you with any aspect of the process, please make note upon interview scheduling. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the process.