Member of the SCC Board of Directors


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Status: Volunteer Opportunity
Commitment: 6-8 hours per month, 2-year term
Location: Canada-wide
Openings: 3

Apply by: January 31, 2022

The Students Commission of Canada (SCC) is a charitable organization that purposefully works with others to ensure that young people are valued, heard and their ideas for improving themselves, the lives of their peers and communities are put into action. We are the lead organization for the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement (CEYE) which is a network of youth, organizations, and academics focused on generating evidence and best practices on youth engagement programs, initiatives, and interventions. CEYE has developed a youth engagement definition for the Canadian context as well as a comprehensive youth engagement framework. The SCC is grounded in our four pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand, Communicate™.

What is the opportunity?

We are seeking a passionate and committed individual to join as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors for a 2 year-term.

You will begin by lending your expertise to one of our committees. You will draw on your experience in human and social services, HR, legal, finance, risk management, technology or real estate investment to provide strategic direction to the Executive Director and leadership team of the SCC as a growing and dynamic organisation.

In addition to the above areas of functional expertise, the Board will prioritize candidates who bring diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, and who will enhance the social diversity of the board in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, age, marital status, pregnancy or family commitments, ethnocultural background, economic background and other factors.

Lived experience will, in turn, enrich the range of perspectives that are brought to bear on decisions facing the organization and broaden our impact with youth and our communities.

About the Role

What will you do?

· Begin by joining one of the Board Committees, actively participating in committee meetings and lending your expertise to achieve the committee’s and organization’s mandate.

· Exemplify the Four Pillars, our values: Respect, Listen, Understand, Communicate™.

· Actively participate in board meetings. Please note that Board Meeting attendance is mandatory. (Board Meetings occur 6 times per year in addition to the AGM which takes place annually in June; meetings are approximately 2 hours in duration)

· Provide oversight in finance, human resources and operations.

· Participate in committees that meet monthly for an hour per month

· Participate in SCC conference and events (1-2 times per year in-person)

· Advise and work collaboratively with the Executive Director on the organization’s strategic priorities and the execution of our 10-year strategic plan.

· Work with the executive team to identify potential opportunities for external strategic partnerships (e.g., potential recruiting channels for volunteers and network partners).

· Be part of the search committee for the Executive Director role, if required, and help to fill any interim gaps should an Executive Director resign.

Key Competencies

What do you need to succeed?

· A passion and strong belief in youth-adult partnership; that young people are powerful agents of change and experts of their own experience

· Strong analytical and communication skills, both written and oral, and confidence in presenting ideas with impact

· Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, effectively communicate issues, actively engage and influence and work collaboratively as a team member

· Maintain a proactive and positive attitude, and be willing to assist the Executive Director and Leadership Team on an as needed basis

What’s in it for you?

Make a lasting impact on a growing organization in the youth-serving sector by providing strategic support to a dynamic senior leadership team. Gain experience working with a committed group of volunteers from coast to coast to coast. Learn about 21st century governance and decision-making in an organization committed to building the #CanadaWeWant: a place where young people’s voices are heard and valued.

We invite applications for this position from across Canada. We welcome all applicants for this position regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, age, marital status, pregnancy or family commitments. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free experience, starting with the application process. If accommodations are needed during the selection process, please let us know. All information received will be kept confidential.