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 Board of Directors Team.
Board Members of BTSADV embody and carry out the mission and vision of the organization. It is their duty and responsibility to create a strategy and actionable plan to fulfill the mission and vision. The mission and vision will be continually revisited throughout the year to ensure we are addressing the needs of our community.
Our Mission, Vision, and Future of BTSADV
To provide community resources and support services to victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence.
We envision a world without domestic violence.
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
It is imperative all board members commit to fulfilling our mission. The heart of BTSADV was established on December 3, 2011 when our Founder, Kristen Faith, broke her silence on social media. To uphold the culture of the organization, we are committed to continually educating all current and new members about our history and our “BTS family” values.
Who We Are:
Our distinguished team of Board Members are the leaders and captains of our vessel. Collectively, their role is to uphold the integrity of the organization, review program and operating budgets, review all programming needs, propose new operating procedures to improve the wellbeing of the organization, serve as ambassadors for the cause and oversee the operations of the Executive Director. Our Board Members has a fiduciary obligation to ensure the organization’s financial wellbeing is always above standards. We expect all members to regularly scheduled Board meetings, maintain the culture 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.
Our Working Board meets monthly via video conferencing. Due to the growth of BTS, we welcome potential board members in all areas of the country. We value the time and commitment of our Board and require members to attend all meetings. If a Board Member misses 3 or more meetings in a calendar year, members will be asked to leave the board. This policy ensures all members can commit to carrying out the mission and work of the organization.
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:
- All Board Members must commit to fundraising or donating $3,000 to BTSADV during each calendar year. This can be done through a variety of ways (i.e. events, partnerships, or personal giving efforts).
- Board Members are required to attend and participate in every Board Meeting which are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of each month.
- All Board Members must maintain a good standing with the organization.
- Uphold the mission and vision of the organization
- Uphold the values of organization, practicing clear and open communication and respect for all.
- Ability to serve as a volunteer to help further the mission of the organization. Board Members may be required to fill volunteer coordinator positions, if needed.
- 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 support of the Executive Director all members will actively engage in the planning and oversight of the nonprofit’s budget.
- Actively strategize with team members to create an actionable plan to carry out the mission of the organization.
- Oversee the operations of the Executive Director
- Uphold fiducicary responsibility of the organization, meeting budget needs, making recommendations and advising on improvements for the financial health of the organization.
- Strategize and implement policies to improve the wellbeing of the organization.
What is the structure of the BTS Board?
Our Board Members assist to create the strategic plan and direction of the organization. Our Executive Director works under the Board to carry out the plan alongside our team of volunteers.
As a growing nonprofit, we are eager to continually enhance our top notch team. We’re looking for a versatile group of members to contribute to the success of BTSADV. Our members represent various industries and collectively work together to address the needs of the organization.
What is the Selection Process?
By applying to the BTS Board you are offering to take on an important volunteer role with significant responsibilities and commitments. We require all potential and all functioning Board Members to uphold a volunteer position throughout the duration of their service to the organization. After you complete the online 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?
- How does this potential member address conflict?
- Does this potential member effectively communicate when concerns arise?
- Does this person have other commitments that they foresee arising in the next 2-3 calendar years that would conflict with their commitment to effectively serve on the Board? Can the member commit to effectively serving with the Board for a minimum of 2-years?
The Recruitment committee reviews applications often. Applicants whose written materials suggest they have met the criteria above will be invited to participate in a telephone interview with at least 2 members of the board.
How Do I Apply to the Board of BTS?
- Complete online application
- Email resume and bio to Tara Woodlee at TaraWoodlee@breakthesilencedv.org
- Your application will be reviewed by our selection committee and then presented to the Board of Directors.
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.