Board
Member
Job Description

Partners in Parenting (PIP)’s mission is to build a village for all new parents. PIP supports Austin’s new parents, so they are confident, connected, and have the tools to reach their full potential. 

Position
The Board will support the work of PIP and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by PIP’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. At-large board members are expected to serve an average of 7-10 hours per month.

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
Leadership, Governance and Oversight

• Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as she develops and implements PIP’s strategic plan
• Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by PIP for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
• Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
• Approving PIP’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
• Representing PIP to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
• Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
• Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
• Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
• Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
• Ensuring PIP’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities PIP serves

Fundraising
PIP Board Members will consider PIP a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that PIP can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, PIP requests that 100 percent of Board Members make a minimum annual contribution of $500.

Board Terms/Participation
PIP’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held bi-monthly on the evening of the first Thursday of every other month. All board members serve on at least one committee. Committees meetings are held in the off months.
 

Qualifications
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about PIP’s mission and who has a track record of board or community leadership. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

• Extensive professional experience with leadership accomplishments in their field
• A commitment to and understanding of the challenges of new parents, preferably a parent oneself
• Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of new parents. Service on PIP’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties. Board Leadership Roles Time Commitment for leadership roles is an average of 10-15 hours per month. Board Chair Job Description
• Attend all board meetings
• Work in partnership with the Executive Director to lay out the strategic vision of the organization
• Oversee board and executive committee meetings
• Manage the Board of Directors to ensure board resolutions are carried out
• Call special meetings if necessary
• Coordinate Executive Director annual performance evaluation and contract renewal
• Work with the board to recruit new board members
• Appoint all committee chairs, when applicable, and with the Executive Director, recommend who will serve on committees
• Act as an alternate spokesperson for the organization
• Periodically consult with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance
• Oversee searches for a new Executive Director if necessary Chair-Elect
• Attend all board meetings
• Assist Executive Director in conducting new board member orientation
• Work with Board to recruit new board members •
Assume responsibilities of the chair in the absence of the board chair
• Take on special projects as determined by Board Chair