Are you looking to contribute to an organization committed to removing barriers and providing resources for the Black community in PEI? Do you have some experience under your belt that could support and guide meaningful work? Take a look at the voluntary positions opening on our Board of Directors!

The Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island (BCSPEI) is a not-for-profit organization located in Charlottetown, PEI. Established in 2016 as a community group, we are now an organization with a growing mandate to preserve PEI’s Black history and to create and advocate for resources that will help develop and strengthen the Island’s Black community. BCSPEI supports initiatives and programs that enhance quality of life for Black people in PEI and works to ensure that they are given every opportunity to engage in all facets of Island society without racial prejudice.

Vision: Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, promoting racial equity and creating partnerships that will assist in the development and success of the Black community in PEI.

Mission: With love: to serve, uplift, advocate for resources and provide services to protect and strengthen the development of PEI’s Black community.

BCSPEI’s leadership has determined an important goal for the organization in 2022-23 is to increase Board membership to enhance the skills and knowledge present on the Board and enhance the Board’s perspective and ability to engage PEI’s diverse Black community. With the organization’s increased visibility, there is a greater need to be involved, lead, or partner on all things related to Black people in PEI, people of colour and other racialized groups. The Board will be asked to participate, give advice or make resource contributions.

BCSPEI operates under a “Results-Based Governance” Model. The Board represents the membership of the organization and as the legal authority, is responsible directly to the funders and the members for oversight of the organization’s operations. The Board is responsible for long-term (strategic) planning and direction. It defines organizational values, operating principles and parameters within which the Executive Director is expected to manage the organization’s operations. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. A Director may be appointed to a one-year or two-year term and may be reappointed to one additional consecutive term.

  • Bring your knowledge, skills and diversity of perspective
  • Be committed to our vision and mission, policies, programs and needs
  • Participate in the development of our strategic plan
  • Review and recommend bylaw and policy improvements to the membership
  • Approve policy and recommendations received from board committees and senior staff
  • Read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Review and approve annual budget and financial statements
  • Have an understanding of board governance
  • Prepare, participate and attend monthly Board meetings (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are currently conducted virtually)
  • Contribute to discussions pertaining to Board decisions and support Board decisions once they are made
  • Prepare, participate and attend the following: 1) one day-long planning session a year, 2) an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June and 3) occasional board orientation and/or development sessions
  • Participate in board committee meetings
  • Serve as an active advocate and ambassador for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
  • Leverage connections, networks and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
  • Help identify personal and professional connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • Approve the hiring, evaluation and release of the Executive Director
  • Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the board, staff and stakeholders
  • Work candidly, collaboratively, respectfully and efficiently with colleagues
  • Maintain confidentially
  • Act in the best interest of the organization

Specific skills and knowledge that we are seeking: experience with non-profit finance, fundraising, legal, mediation, strategic planning and risk management.

If you are interested in being considered for a position on the Board of Directors, please express your interest by submitting a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications as well as two letters of reference from different referees, by email to: admin@bcspei.ca.

Note: Please indicate in the Subject line the position in which you are interested.

The Nominating Committee will identify, interview and recruit suitably qualified individuals who have applied for such positions and recommend their appointment to the Board in a manner consistent with the by-laws and policies.

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2022

BOARD POSITIONS

TREASURER

The Treasurer’s role, in addition to the responsibilities outlined above:

  • Monitor financial activities
  • Ensure that complete and accurate financial records are kept
  • Act as a signing authority for financial transactions
  • Provide the Board with a monthly report of all financial transactions and of the financial position of BCSPEI
  • Recommend a competent auditor to be appointed annually
  • Collaborate with the auditor and Executive Director in reviewing and preparing annual audited financial statements

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

The Director-at-Large’s role:

  • See the responsibilities outlined above

SECRETARY

The Secretary’s role, in addition to the responsibilities outlined above:

  • Ensure that minutes are taken of all proceedings at Board meetings
  • Give notices to members, Directors, the public accountant and members of committees
  • Serve as the custodian of all books, papers, records, documents, etc.
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STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

The Student Representative’s role, in addition to the responsibilities outlined above:

  • Advocate on behalf of Black students across all post-secondary programs and institutions in PEI
  • Collect feedback from Black students in order to inform BCSPEI advocacy and programming
  • Communicate feedback objectively through Board meetings
  • Prepare a written member report ahead of each Board meeting, outlining student issues and projects that you are working on
  • Meeting with key staff members to highlight issues with them
  • Research realistic solutions, assist to implement and promote changes made and encourage the involvement of students