Volunteer Positions:

Board Member

LocationAdministrative office and occasional program locations
Contact Donald Frazier
Executive Director
Phone510-649-1930 x 1012
AgesMust be over 18

WANTED: Leaders in the Fight for Social and Economic Equity

Be Part Of A Solution-Driven Local Nonprofit!

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, California, helping them turn their lives around.

The BOSS Board of Directors governs the organization’s ongoing work. While day-to-day operations are led by BOSS Executive Director (ED), Board Members provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about BOSS’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, legal, clinical, finance or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

BENEFITS of Board Membership:

Being part of the BOSS Board will give you invaluable on-the-ground experience in the fight against poverty and homelessness, and a deep understanding of the network of local, state, and national public and private agencies that are working to make a difference.

Board Membership brings ample networking opportunities, the opportunity to take part in exciting local events, training and skill-building, new friendships, and lifelong inspiration!


Leadership, governance & oversight: Board members advise the ED as he implements BOSS’s strategic plan; review outcomes and metrics to help BOSS evaluate its impact; review agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings; approve the annual budget and audit reports; ensure that the agency meets all legal and fiduciary responsibilities; help evaluate and support the ED; assist with ongoing Board recruitment to ensure a diverse and well trained Board; participate in hands-on working committees; and represent BOSS in the community.

Fundraising: Board Members will consider BOSS a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that BOSS can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals BOSS expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Meetings: The full Board meets quarterly, usually on a Monday at 6PM at the BOSS administrative office or sometimes at a selected program. Committees meet quarterly as well or as needed.

Terms: Terms are two years, with approximately half the Broad elected each year. Any director may be re-elected for a maximum of three consecutive terms (may be re-elected after absence of at least one year). Officers elected for two years (time as officer not counted in term limits).

Officers: President, Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary

Committees: Executive, Nominating, Finance, Personnel, Program, Fundraising

QUALIFICATIONS of ideal candidates:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, legal, clinical, finance or the nonprofit sector;
  • A commitment to and understanding of BOSS’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience;
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of BOSS’s beneficiaries

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

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter describing your interest in BOSS and what you would bring to the Board, with your resume to Donald Frazier, dfrazier@self-sufficiency.org.

Thank you for your interest in being part of our team!