Board of Directors Recruitment
Parent Action on Drugs (“PAD”) is currently recruiting candidates for the Board of Directors. The nomination and election of candidates will take place at the Annual General Meeting in September 2018.
About PAD and the Role of the Board of Directors
PAD is a registered charity with over thirty years’ experience in addressing concerns about alcohol and other drug use among youth in Ontario. PAD provides innovative, evidence-based programs and resources for youth, families, professionals and community members concerning issues that impact substance use and youth. For more information on PAD, please see www.parentactionondrugs.org.
The role of our Board of Directors of PAD is to provide high-level strategic direction to its staff through the Executive Director. The Board provides oversight and governance to the organization, including, the development and monitoring of strategic priorities and policy direction, the determination of innovative ways to promote, expand and support the fulfillment of PAD’s mission, promoting financial stability and continuance of the organization and ensure compliance with applicable regulatory and funding provisions.
Desired Skills and Responsibilities
PAD values the different perspectives, knowledge, skills and interests that each director brings to the Board. Candidates are asked to highlight any expertise they have to offer the Board in their expression of interest. PAD is committed to diversity and representing the community it serves. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
PAD is looking for dynamic individuals wishing to make a key contribution to a small organization that operates as a major player in youth substance misuse prevention throughout the Province. Candidates with knowledge and experience in the following key areas: accounting, legal, human resources and fund development and/or marketing and promotions, would complement the current board. Previous experience with not-for-profit organization management and/or boards is preferred. Knowledge of and experience in health promotion, adolescent development, addictions and prevention is an asset.
Board member responsibilities include:
- be informed about PAD’s mission, goals, objectives and values
- regular attendance and active participation at Board and related meetings
- participation in at least one of the standing committees of the Board or undertake equivalent work for PAD
- overseeing the strategic direction of PAD and overall board governance
- carrying out fiduciary responsibilities as a member of the board (including, reviewing and understanding financial statements and the annual budget)
- support fund development through personal giving and participation in fundraising endeavors
The Board meets every 4 to 6 weeks between September and June. Should any urgent matters arise, additional meetings may be scheduled. Generally, all Board meetings are held in the evening usually on a Monday. In person meetings are typically held in the North York Civic Centre, a location on the Yonge subway line and easily accessible by highway. Directors are expected to review all materials in advance of the meeting and be active participants in the decision-making process.
In addition, Directors are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting in September and to participate in at least one of the standing committees of the Board. The work of the committees is often cyclical.
The work is largely based on the individual’s initiative and commitment but it is expected to be approximately 7 to 10 hours per month at a minimum for meetings and advancing the goals of PAD, with the understanding that additional hours may be required to fulfill responsibilities to PAD from time to time.
The term of office is for not less than one two-year term, with such term beginning as of the date of the Annual General Meeting.
Individuals who would like to be considered for nomination to the Board are invited to submit a resume and cover letter expressing the skills, experience and expertise they have to offer to PAD.
Resumes and cover letters should be sent to:
Candidates of interest will be invited to have an initial telephone interview with one or more members of the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Thank you for your interest.