Thank you for your interest in serving on the Board of Directors of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence. We are pleased that you have an interest in working to support survivors. The following information outlines how our organization selects the most qualified members to serve on our Executive Team.
Our Mission, Vision, and Future
Our mission is to educate communities on the dangers of domestic violence, connect victims and survivors, as well as assist them in the transformation of their lives, by providing a personal development retreat, scholarships, financial empowerment, an advocate-run hotline, and our innovative awareness campaigns.
Our goal is to cultivate a culture where healthy relationships are at the forefront of the conversation and education on domestic violence has become common knowledge for all of humanity – the silence has been broken.
Faith– Believing in the possibility of a world without domestic violence
Unity– Creating harmony among humanity
Transformative– Changing the condition of our current culture
Unique– Taking an innovative approach in all we do
Resilient-Springing forward despite facing adversity
Empower– Embracing your abilities within
Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
Who We Are:
The role of the BTS Board is to ensure that the mission, the principles of unity and BTS’s purpose are carried out in a fiscally responsible and ethical manner. We come together via conference calls at least once every 6 weeks (typically on a Saturday or Sunday) to conduct the organization’s business. As a working Board we expect all members to attend all meetings, maintain the spirit and guidelines of our bylaws, maintain a commitment to social justice and ensure that BTS is able to continue to uphold its history of service to domestic violence victims and survivors. Board members are also required to make a financial contribution to the organization by fundraising a minimum of $3,000 per calendar year.
Terms of Office:
Our Executive Members serve a minimum of a 2-year term and are able to serve a 3rd year. Terms of office coincide with the members elected date year to year.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Uphold the mission of the organization which is to foster self-empowerment of women, men and children so they can establish lives free of domestic violence.
- Uphold the values of organization, practicing clear and open communication and respect for all.
- Publically advocate for BTS via circle of influence to expand contacts and resources for the agency.
- Understand and approve major policies and programs.
- Oversee the general implementation of policies and programs.
- With the help of the Executive Director, actively engage in the planning and oversight of the agency’s budget.
What is the structure of the BTS Board?
The BTS Board may have up to 15 members. Priority in filling Board positions will go to ensuring that the needs of the organization are met and represented.
Because BTS is dedicated to the empowerment of domestic violence survivors and believes that the strength of our movement comes from the leaders and vision of women who are survivors, the August 2015 Board reached consensus on the following:
Recruitment and selection process for filling open board seats be expanded to include the policy that battered and formerly battered women fill 50 percent of the total board seats in the future and forever.
What is the Selection Process?
By applying to the BTS Board you are offering to take on an important volunteer job, with significant responsibilities and commitments. After you complete the electronic application, the Board Recruitment Committee will review your application with an eye to answering the following questions:
- Does this person offer the organizational, corporate/fiscal, board and social justice commitments needed to participate in BTS Board work and to support BTS’s mission?
- Does this person fill the requirements of current/future organizational needs, geographic representation, representation of battered/formerly battered women, and skill areas that the committee is charged with meeting?
- Would this person’s presence on the Board strengthen the ability of the Board and Staff of BTS to carry out their responsibilities to the organization and to the Movement?
The Recruitment committee reviews applications monthly. Applicants whose written materials suggest they have met the criteria above will be invited to participate in a telephone interview with members of the board. Please keep in mind BTS requires all potential board members to actively participate with the organization for at least 90 days before being considered to join our board. This will be further discussed in your interview.
How Do I Apply to the Board of BTS?
- Complete online application
- Email resume and bio to Jana at email@example.com
- If you have not received a confirmation of your application after 30 days, please feel free to contact us via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I’m not selected?
BTS Board of Directors selection committee receives applications from dedicated and qualified individuals with a strong commitment to domestic violence survivor movement. If you are not asked to serve on the Board, you may be offered an opportunity to serve on our Volunteer Leadership Team.