With Spring (and a surprise mayoral election!) in the air, RaBIT is expanding our Board of Directors by launching a search for a new Co-chairperson, Treasurer, and two members of the board. These positions will reinforce an already strong Board of Directors and network of volunteers and supporters. (Postings for these positions can be found by following this link to the Board Recruitment page on our website).
All of these positions play key decision-making roles in RaBIT’s governance structure and also form the core of our volunteer team. As an organization that has no paid staff and relies completely on volunteers for all of its work, the board is the beating heart of RaBIT’s work.
Because RaBIT’s board is much more of an operational board than is the case for many other groups, we want to go out of our way to encourage people who may not see themselves as typical members of a traditional Board of Directors to apply for these positions. All members of our Board contribute to our strategic decision-making as part of our governance structure, but they also run our social media campaigns, organize meet-ups and community picnics, maintain our website, help with door knocking, plan our fundraisers, act as media spokespeople and advocate with politicians at City Hall and Queen’s Park.
Because RaBIT’s board is a working board where board members not only provide strategic direction, but also actively lead our day-to-day operations, we would like to encourage candidates with skills and experience across a wide range of areas to consider applying – especially for the members of the board positions. This includes areas like:
- Volunteer activation/coordination
- Social media
- Organizational leadership
- Graphic design
- Website maintenance
- Nationbuilder and customer relationship management (CRM)
- Government relations and strategy
We would also like to take this opportunity to re-emphasize that RaBIT is a trans-partisan organization focused on achieving the adoption of ranked ballots for Toronto elections. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates across the political spectrum. Moreover, given our current need to engage with the provincial government, connections and experience in the provincial political sphere, as well as experience networking with other municipalities, are also very welcome.
So, if you have the passion and the time to commit to helping win voting reform and better politics for Toronto, we want to hear from you. And we are especially keen to hear from you if you are a member of an equity-deserving group or don’t live downtown. We know that our movement will only succeed if it draws on support from all of the communities that make our city such a great place to live and we want to ensure that we are building an organization that is as representative as possible.
So, if you think you might be interested, please check out the Board Recruitment page on our website and apply today. And if you know someone who might be interested, please forward this email to them! We will be accepting applications until Friday, 5 May, 2023, so don’t delay!
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