Mavis McMullen Housing Society (Mavis McMullen Housing Society – General Board Member)

Organization Name: Mavis McMullen Housing Society
Opportunity Title: Mavis McMullen Housing Society – General Board Member
Category: Boards / Committee / Leadership
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: June 7, 2022
End Date: January 1, 2025

Email: chrisfay@gmail.com
Website: https://www.mavismcmullen.org/
Details:
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

Mission Statement:  To provide stable, affordable housing for low-income women of the greater Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, those with children, disabled women and older women – housing in which social justice, human rights and a culture of safety and wellbeing are actively promoted by adhering to the values of inclusivity and diversity, and respecting the autonomy of everyone involved, with the belief that housing is a right of all people.

Specific Skills: Accounting/Finance, Fundraising, Community Resources/Volunteer Engagement, Legal/Advocacy, Strategic Planning

Position Description and Link to the Organization’s Mission:

Founded in 1986, Mavis McMullen Housing Society (MMHS) is a grassroots non-profit charitable organization committed to providing women-led safe housing and building community for at-risk families. The Society came to be through the efforts of a group of women living and working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who saw a need for permanent, safe and affordable housing for women and their children. The Society operates two housing complexes: Mavis McMullen Place, located in the Downtown Eastside, has 34 suites providing housing for 55 residents; Haley Place, located in East Vancouver, contains 39 suites housing 79 residents.

MMHS is seeking up to three new members for its Board of Directors, with a focus on leadership, financial experience, and/or fundraising skills. We are looking to add dedicated and talented Board members to our team who are passionate about protecting and promoting stable housing and supportive communities for some of our society’s most vulnerable people. 

MMHS has a committed, diverse, friendly Board. We want your unique skills and experience to complement our leadership team as we develop and implement new strategies for keeping our housing viable through effective governance and stewardship. 

Because our Board is small, your efforts as a Board member can really make a difference in keeping the Society successful. Our team is highly collaborative, supportive, and non-judgmental and we are open to new ideas for promoting the long-term sustainability of our society. 

Skills and Experience:

Board Members are responsible for the effective governance of the organization, including the vigorous pursuit of our mission and objectives and the adherence to our core values.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Willingness to commit time, energy and skills
  • Ability to create effective and respectful working relationships with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Basic knowledge of or willingness to learn how non-profit organizations interact with other sectors of the local economy such as governments, public and private funders and complementary social service agencies
  • A passion for social justice and a commitment to housing as a human right

Asset Skills and Experience:

  • Specifically searching for individuals who have experience in leadership roles, accounting/finance, fundraising, and/or complementary skills for law or planning/development.
  • Prior Board or Committee experience with a non-profit organization an asset
  • Knowledge of how non-profit organizations work from a business, legal and financial perspective 

Benefits and Recognition:

  • Opportunity to be involved in senior-level decision and policy making for a dynamic grassroots organization
  • Opportunity to make a significant positive impact for individuals living in the Downtown Eastside and East Vancouver communities
  • Great opportunity for learning and growth
  • Enhancement of job skills for future volunteer/career opportunities 
  • Board training

Deliverables/Duties:

  • Actively participate in monthly Board meetings 
  • Discover an area of interest in the work of the Board and get fully engaged through sub-committee participation, self-paced/individual work and/or specialized Board roles
  • Contribute to a collaborative, non-judgmental perspective on non-profit Board governance
  • Bring your unique personal and professional insight and talent to the table to help develop the future of a successful organization

Other Requirements: 

Board members are required to attend monthly Board meetings.  Meetings are currently held virtually (via Zoom). Later in 2022 meetings will likely return to a mix of on location at Haley Place (located in East Vancouver near Commercial Drive) and virtual meetings.

To be eligible to serve as a member of the MMHS Board of Directors you must be a voting member of the Society. Membership is $2 per year.

Board members are elected for two-year terms. Board members may also be appointed by the Board between Annual General Meetings and will come up for election at the next scheduled AGM (annually in October/November).

 

Number of Volunteers Required:

3

Position Date: 

Starting May/June 2022 (negotiable)

Time Commitment:  

Two hours per month for regular monthly Board meetings, plus any time required for reading emails/ performing additional tasks if involved in an area of interest (refer to Deliverables/Duties). Time for additional duties such as subcommittee meetings, special events and email would constitute an additional 2 – 3 hours per month.

Time and Day of Volunteer Engagement: 

Board meetings are held one weeknight evening a month (e.g. 2nd Tuesday of the month — this day is mutually agreed upon by Board members and coordinators and is flexible) starting at 6:15 pm and are approximately 2 hours long.

Work Location:

Meetings are currently held virtually (via Zoom). Later in 2022 meetings will likely return to a mix of on location at Haley Place (located in East Vancouver near Commercial Drive) and virtual meetings.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Chris Fay, Member, Board of Directors, Mavis McMullen Housing Society

Email: chrisfay@gmail.com

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