Board Member

(Action Read Community Literacy Centre)

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Position ID: V-GUE2822 Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 Last Full Update: 19 Jun 2018
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementLeadership through support,governance & connection
ContactMira Clarke, Executive Director, Action Read Community Literacy Centre; Phone: (519) 836-2759; Email:
DutiesAction Read Community Literacy Centre is an incorporated non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the literacy and numeracy skills of Guelph adults and families. The Board creates and oversees the policies, budgets, and plans that allow the organization to carry out its work.  
Board Members represent a wide cross-section of learner, volunteer, and community members. Action Read board members work closely together in positions of trust and respect.  
• Promote Action Read in the community through positive public relations 
• Develop the mission, strategic and public relations plans 
• Ensure that Action Read follows excellent financial policies and procedures. 
• Approve and monitor annual budgets and a fundraising strategy  
• Develop policies, and review and approve recommendations of the board committees  
• Perform regular performance reviews of the executive director 
• Attend meetings and be ready to participate  
• Use consensus-based decision-making processes. Communicate positively, listen to others and give ideas. Use plain  
language in writing and speaking 
• Evaluate that Action Read is meeting its goals  
• Ensure that the board continues to thrive  
• Specific roles (Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Signors) have additional responsibilities 
• Behave lawfully and ethically at all times. Act in the best interests of the organization. Uphold Action Read values, by-laws  
and policies, as laid out in organizational documents
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Benefits• An opportunity to be part of a dedicated team that is engaged in interesting, meaningful work 
• Development of problem-solving, communication, team-work and leadership skills  
• Improved understanding of how a non-profit business operates 
• Development of employment skills, which members can proudly promote 
• Build personal and professional networks
ClientsAction Read serves Guelph adults and families who are interested in working towards literacy, numeracy or digital literacy learning goals in order to meet daily needs, educational goals, and/or to find and keep a job.
Ages19 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Persons with limited mobility
Areas of InterestBoard of Directors ; Community Outreach ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction) ; Reading / Literacy
Skills/ExperienceAccounting & Finance - We are looking for a Treasurer. ; Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Leadership - We are looking for a Board Chair. ; Marketing & PR ; Planning & Organizing - We hope to engage in strategic planning in the upcoming year. ; Public Speaking ; Team Work ; Candidates do not have to have all the above skills or experience, but they must; 
• Be willing to work with a wide range of individuals including volunteers, community members, and  
• Have good teamwork, verbal communication and reasoning skills 
• Be willing to give their time to bring personal skills, experience, and knowledge to the organization  
• Be open to learning new skills and gaining new ideas
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) - 2 year commitment with the option to renew for an additional year.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one - Occasional small committee meetings with 2 to 3 members may be required. ; Small Group - There are 10 Board members.
Minimum Hours5 / Month
Dates and TimesTuesday: Evening 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon (Retreat once per year) 
Depending on the Board role, there may be additional meetings (committee, planning etc.) outside the monthly meeting. The time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per month.
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; Winter ; Action Read is able to accommodate Board Members who may be away for up to two months per year, provided they are otherwise actively engaged.
AccessibilityPartially Accessible ; Easy access to elevator ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall
Location8 Cork Street East, downtown Guelph
Number of PositionsGuelph 
5 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Our first meeting is a day-long Board retreat sometime in October 2018 (date to be confirmed).
TransportationNear public transit
Application Deadline13 Sep 2018
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsMust be 19 years of age or older. Also, must be willing to undergo the Action Read application and volunteer screening processes, including a Level 3 police records check.
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Start DateOn or after 20 Sep 2018
Display Until13 Sep 2018
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Organization NameAction Read Community Literacy Centre
Office Phone519-836-2759
Address & Map
8 Cork St E
Guelph, ON N1H 2W8
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