BOSS fights for Housing, Jobs, Hope and Justice.

We need community leaders with the passion, knowledge, and connections to help us achieve these goals!

POSITION:  Board Members for leading East Bay anti-poverty organization   

Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS) is an award-winning nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fighting against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. BOSS serves over 2,000 families and individuals a year at programs in Berkeley, Oakland, and Hayward, helping them turn their lives around. The Board of Directors governs the organization’s ongoing work. While day-to-day operations are led by our Executive Director, Board Members provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Board Members help to:

  • Strategize: Protect & shape BOSS’s role as a leading practitioner of solutions to poverty.
  • Measure: Review outcomes and metrics that document BOSS’s impact.
  • Protect financially: Approve the annual budget and audit reports.
  • Protect structurally: Ensure the agency meets all legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Supervise and support: Evaluate and support the Executive Director.
  • Engage: Participate in hands-on working committees; represent BOSS in the community.
  • Raise funds: Help fundraise and recruit new supporters, partners, and awareness of the agency’s work.

Time Requirements: The full Board meets quarterly, usually on a Monday at 6PM at a BOSS facility. Committees meet quarterly or as needed.  Board members are expected to participate on at least one committee. Standing committees are: Board Development, Finance, Audit, and Fundraising.

QUALIFICATIONS of ideal candidates:

  • Leadership/Expertise in business, government, legal, clinical, finance or the nonprofit sector.
  • Willingness to contribute financially, raise funds, and help promote agency activities, events, and achievements.
  • Team member skills
  • Strong desire to support BOSS’s mission with a commitment of time and resources.

BENEFITS of membership:

  • Networking with community leaders and decision-makers.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of solutions to poverty, homelessness, and urgent community needs.
  • Attend and support fun and high profile events.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Share your expertise to benefit a great cause!

Service on BOSS’s Board of Directors is voluntary and without remuneration.

TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter to: Donald Frazier, Executive Director,