Volunteer Member of the Board

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Status: Volunteer Opportunity

Commitment: 6-8 hours per month, 2-year term, option to renew 

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Openings: 4

The Child Development Institute (CDI) is a leading Toronto-based multi-service Agency providing a range of mental health, family violence and child care services to over 4,000 children, youth and their families each year. CDI has a strong commitment to responding to the unique needs of the clients we serve and to continuous service improvement through program evaluation, research and training.

Built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families, CDI receives funding from a number of sources, including all three levels of government, the United Way of Greater Toronto, foundations, corporations, service clubs, employee groups and individual donors and through parent fees in its child care centres.

Accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, CDI offers evidence-informed services to children ages 0-12 and youth ages 13-18 and their families. Please visit the CDI website for details.

The opportunity:

We are seeking four committed individuals with a passion for child, youth and family wellbeing to join as volunteer members of our Board of Directors for a 2 year-term. The Board of CDI is responsible for supervising the management of the business and affairs of the charitable corporation. Directors must not receive any compensation, gift or personal benefit as a member of the Board.

You will begin by lending your expertise as a community member to one of our Board committees. You are committed and have expertise in one of these four areas:

  • Human Resources
  • Non-Profit Financial Management
  • Legal
  • Fundraising 

In addition to these areas of functional expertise, the Board will prioritize candidates who bring diverse backgrounds, identities and lived experiences and who reflect the communities and populations served by CDI. CDI is committed to expanding the range of perspectives that inform decisions facing the organization to broaden our impact with children, youth and families. As our newest member of the Board, and an active ambassador for the values, mission and vision of CDI, you will 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. After the completion of a three-month CDI Board committee experience, you will meet with members of CDI’s Governance and Nominating committee to discuss a longer-term commitment and participation on the CDI Board. 

What’s in it for you?

As a Board member and advocate for CDI's mission, you will play a pivotal role in helping to create a future in which all families can access inclusive, responsive, evidence-based services that make a meaningful, tangible difference to children’s mental health, early learning, and development.

As a Board member, you will:

  • Support CDI’s mission and be an advocate of the corporation within your own network and circle of influence.
  • Stay informed about CDI’s policies, programs and services and the needs of the community served by CDI and of its stakeholders.
  • Attend all regular meetings of the Board if possible, in person or by telephone or other electronic means, with a minimum of 75% of meetings annually.
  • Make an annual gift personally or from an affiliated company or foundation.
  • Represent CDI at external events, where appropriate and required to do so.
  • Support CDI events to whatever extent possible.
  • Stay informed of agenda items, read all material in advance and contribute knowledgeably, through thoughtful questions and comments, to the discussion and decisions of the Board.
  • Participate in orientation meetings and training as a new Board member to become familiar with the corporation’s mission, goals, programs and services and the responsibilities of the Board and individual directors.
  • Participate as a member of one or more Board committees.
  • Take on Board leadership responsibilities as requested and when appropriate.
  • Participate in the annual Board self-review and feedback process that reflects the values and policies of the organization.
  • Participate in the annual review of the CEO, led by the Board HR Committee.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of prospective Board and committee members.
  • Comply with all Board policies, including CDI’s Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy.
  • Respect confidentiality of issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Declare any conflict of interest, or potential conflict of interest, including personal, professional or financial, to the Board Chair at the first available opportunity and communicate to the Board Chair and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee if circumstances change that might affect the “independence” of the director.
  • Remain independent and act personally and not as a representative of any group or organization.
  • Effectively apply your knowledge, experience and expertise to issues facing CDI.
  • Be available to provide advice and counsel to the CEO or other senior management upon request.
  • Develop an understanding of corporate governance and risk management strategies.
  • Not become directly involved in operational decisions and matters that have been properly delegated to staff.
  • Respect that employees and the senior management team report to the CEO and not to the Board or individual directors.
  • Be a resource to CDI staff, as requested by the CEO.

What you bring:

  • High ethical standards and an alignment with CDI's core values.
  • The ability to exercise independent judgment. You are unafraid to take a stand and defend your perspective.
  • You communicate with clarity and effectiveness, valuing the importance of active listening. As someone who embodies courtesy and honesty in all interactions, you can pose challenging questions and collaborate with colleagues to resolve differences.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to think strategically and creatively, contributing innovative perspectives.

The following are required to fulfill the director’s duties and obligations:

  • In accordance with the Canada Not-for Profit Corporations Act, you must be an individual eighteen or more years of age; must not have been declared incapable by any court; have the status of a bankrupt; be an ineligible individual as defined in the Income-tax Act (Canada); or be a paid employee of the corporation. 
  • All board members must also complete a Vulnerable Sector Check and will be required to provide updated COVID vaccinations in compliance with the CDI Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

Apply now

If you're excited about this role but your experience aligns differently with every requirement, we encourage you to apply. While specific qualifications are strictly required, others can be based on various experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge. We can't promise an interview, but we will consider your whole application. The deadline to apply is Feb 29th 2024.

What you can expect from our Volunteer Board Member interview process:

  • A virtual interview with a Talent Advisor who will discuss your experience and interest in becoming a CDI Board member.
  • A virtual interview with members of the Board. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the role of a Board member at CDI and ask any further questions about the position and responsibilities.

CDI is firmly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. We are equally committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace. If you require accommodations, please reach out to us at careers@childdevelop.ca.