VWB/VSF Canada is looking to fill current vacancies on our Board of Directors (BoD). Are you passionate about a healthy world for people, animals and our shared ecosystems? Do you possess leadership skills and knowledge to share with a dynamic and diverse team of professionals to help realize the mission of VWB/VSF Canada?
Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. More information about the organization can be found at www.vetswithoutborders.ca.
We envision a healthy world for people, animals, and our shared ecosystems.
We seek a world where communities have the capacity to:
- Produce, market, and consume their food in a sustainable, equitable, and safe manner;
- Balance the threats posed by emerging diseases with their social and cultural values;
- Develop solutions to health threats that respect local culture, animal welfare, and natural ecology;
- Build successful local and international partnerships that promote and protect the health of people, animals, and the ecosystems that sustain them; and
- Respond effectively to the challenges posed by environmental, climatic and socio-economic change.
Serving on our Board
VWB/VSF Board Directors provide leadership to VWB/VSF Canada and are accountable individually as well as collectively for the work of the organization. As a Director of the organization, it is the fundamental role of each Board Director to advance the best interests of VWB/VSF Canada, and to exercise due diligence and to take fiduciary responsibility in supervising and directing the work of VWB/VSF Canada. Directors are required to bring independent judgement to bear in decision-making and to exercise primary loyalty to VWB/VSF Canada.
Directors serve in their individual, independent and voluntary capacity – they may not represent or otherwise act on behalf of another entity in their role as a Director of VWB/VSF Canada, may not be a staff member, and may not be remunerated for their work on the Board. Membership in the Board is incompatible with a senior position in a political party or with elected office in the national, provincial, territorial administrative, policy-making or legislative bodies of Canada.
VWB/VSF Canada recruits its Board primarily nationally and seeks to bring together an optimal blend of the highest level of skills and racial, ethnic, geographical and gender diversity. Directors are recruited on the basis of their skills, expertise and ability to support and advocate for the governance and strategic needs of the organization.
VWB/VSF Canada holds quarterly (virtual) meetings including a yearly AGM (September).
A Board Package with all documents, including draft minutes of previous meetings, current meeting agenda, materials and review, and proposed decisions, is sent electronically to all Directors at least five days in advance of a Board meeting. Directors have access to an shared folder with links to all Board policies and documents.
Responsibilities of new director positions:
Each individual board member is expected to:
- Know the organization’s mission, vision, policies and programs
- Understand the organization’s financial statements
- Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization
- Leverage connections, networks, and resources to achieve and advance the organization’s mission
- Prepare, attend, and actively participate in board meetings and in one or more committees
Desirable skillsets for new director positions:
1. International Development Sector
- Three years’ experience within the international development sectorFamiliar with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and mainstreaming gender
- A strong understanding of gender equality, power and its intersection with gender, race, culture, class, ability, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and age
2. Senior Government
- Three years’ experience at a senior level in federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal government.
3. Experience in Northern Canada
- Lived experience and knowledge of Indigenous culture, history, and methodology in Canada’s North
4. Fundraising and Business Development
- Experience of demonstrated success in sponsorship/ fundraising in the not-for-profit sector.
- Experience and a passion for fundraising through Major Gifts, Grants (institutional, bi-lateral, foundation), Annual Giving, Legacy and Corporate Sponsorship
- Comfortable engaging with external stakeholders in order to achieve fundraising initiatives
5. Resource Development
- Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada and/or other bilateral, multilateral, institutional and private donors (foundations/corporations)
- Previous Board experience an asset;
- Knowledge of international NGO functioning within Canada; and
- Demonstrated skills in lobbying, problem solving, policy making and risk assessment.
The ideal candidate will be at least 18 years of age and have the ability to enter into legal contracts. The Board constitutes the membership of VWB/VSF Canada as a corporate entity, which convenes at least once a year to conduct the specific business of the Annual General Meeting.
How to Apply
VWB/VSF is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds.
We thank everyone for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates nominated by the Governance/Nominating Committee as Director candidates to the Board for a three-year term must be approved by the membership at the 2021 Annual General Meeting to be held in September, 2021.