About PeaceGeeks- Who We Are?
PeaceGeeks is an international tech nonprofit based in Vancouver, Canada and Amman, Jordan that creates digital tools to support greater connection, peace, and safety for those who have been displaced.
Founded in 2011, PeaceGeeks has grown from a grassroots volunteer group into a nonprofit leader in building technology for peace. For digital innovation to be an effective tool for social change, there is a need for tech that centres community-led practices and honours the lived experiences of migrant and displaced communities. This also means identifying and repudiating "innovation" that reproduces racism and oppression.
PeaceGeeks is committed to a world where everyone can feel they belong. By aligning our tech savvy with the expertise of our partners and people who have been forcibly displaced, we work side-by-side to build digital tools to support every phase of their journey, building more peaceful societies, together.
Learn about us at: peacegeeks.org
What We Are Looking For?
PeaceGeeks is currently seeking an experienced board director and secretary with a professional background in the nonprofit sector, human resources, finance, legal, or project management to join the Board of Directors at PeaceGeeks in September 2021.
PeaceGeeks seeks Directors who represent the diversity of Canada, including newcomers, indigenous communities, and racialized Canadians of all genders.
The successful candidate will understand the responsibilities of a nonprofit board, and have experience serving on one as a director and board secretary.
They will have strong organizational abilities, a governance mindset, and an established track recorded working in a technology driven, or nonprofit organization.
They will be knowledgeable of current issues and events locally and globally dealing with displaced populations and peace, along with a deep commitment to being part of a purpose-driven nonprofit working to build greater connection, safety and peace for people who have been displaced.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Pro-active preparation and participation in regular sub-committee meetings, board meetings, a yearly half-day board retreat and AGM’s.
- Compile meeting minutes and action items for review from board meetings.
- Maintain board records and the online filing system of documents.
- Work with the organization’s legal team to complete regulatory filings.
- Focus on the governance of the organization, including evaluating the overall performance of PeaceGeeks based on the organization’s strategic plan.
- Engage with members, donors, and key individuals / organizations to advance the organization’s mission.
- Assess the performance of the CEO and compensation.
- Identify and solicit potential donors.
- Participate in semi-annual board education sessions.
- A strong commitment to PeaceGeeks’ values, which include anti-racism, equity, the promotion of human rights, and gender equality.
Time Commitment and Term
The Board Director will need to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours a month to PeaceGeeks by attending board meetings, subcommittee meetings and fulfilling general board, and board secretary responsibilities.
Board Directors are asked to commit to a minimum two-year term, with the option of reappointment at the end of the term to a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PeaceGeeks board are currently all working remotely for the foreseeable future. Our regular office is at The Hive coworking space in Gastown in downtown Vancouver (210 - 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC), which we may return to for board meetings in the future.
Preference will be given to candidates that reside in Metro-Vancouver (Lower Mainland) area.
How to Apply- What Next?
If you have sent unsolicited director applications in the past, please feel free to reapply.
Application Deadline: Apply by July 17, 2021
Consideration of applications will begin immediately.
The Annual General Meeting is expected to take place in September 2021.
The Board will vote to elect the Board Director from a selection of shortlisted candidates.
PeaceGeeks is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all candidates to apply. We are committed to embracing and building a team that represents a variety of cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. As with our mission to promote safe and peaceful communities, we at PeaceGeeks believe that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, whether that’s in our staff or in the communities where we work.