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UWEO Board of Directors - Indigenous Rep. (Volunteer Position)

United Way East Ontario

September 28, 2020

The Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition is assisting the United Way East Ontario in seeking to fill one vacancy on its Board of Directors for an Indigenous Representative.

We strongly encourage applicants from the Indigenous community (First Nation, Inuit and Métis). Ideal candidates will have a passion for supportings a self-reliant, culturally engaged and healthy urban Aboriginal community in Ottawa. Candidates will also have a good knowledge of Aboriginal issues and the unique circumstances of Aboriginal people and their interests in Ottawa. Previous governance experience is preferred and/or have already played active leadership roles in their community.

If you are interested in joining UWEA’s Board please send your CV and Cover Letter by email to OAC’s Admin. Coordinator, Whitney Knott, at by October 5, 2020. Recommendations from the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition will then be brought forward to the United Way East Ontario.

1. Purpose of Volunteer Position:

To provide strategic direction and stewardship to UWEO enabling management to run the day to day operations of the organization.

2. Responsibilities:

Five key areas of Board responsibility:

  1. Clarify and sustain the organization’s mission focusing on results;

  2. Establish and support implementation of strategic direction, and monitor performance of the organization and its progress in achieving its priorities;

  3. Employment and delegating authority to the President and Chief Executive Officer

  4. Monitor and ensure effective governance for the organization

  5. Assess organizational opportunities and their associated risks.

  • Ensure the Board complies with legal requirements (i.e.: maintaining the books, records and minutes; enacting bylaws; ensuring the proper election of officers; and appointing an auditor).

  • Participate in annual Board and individual Director self-assessment processes.

  • Carry out the vision, mission and promise of United Way and adopt policies and procedures consistent with the by-laws.

  • Serve as a trusted strategic advisor to the CEO as s/he develops and implements operational plans.

  • Contribute to the annual performance evaluation and objective setting for the CEO.

  • Arrange for the development of resources and ensure resources are allocated and invested consistently with the vision, mission and promise of UWEO.

  • Participate on at least one other community committee.

  • Participate constructively and consistently in Board and committee meetings.

  • Respect the confidentiality of board and committee discussions, and support Board decisions once made.

  • Be a positive ambassador for UWEO in keeping with Board policy relations with the public, media, governments and other organizations.

  • Be sensitive to community needs and social trends and bring these perspectives to bear on Board discussions and decisions.

  • Attend and act as an ambassador for the UWEO Board of Directors and UWEO at community, volunteer, donor and staff recognition functions, fundraising initiatives/events, and special events.

  • Open doors to other community stakeholders, funders, decision-makers and others who may be able to support the UWEO.

  • Provide an advance pledge, at minimum in accordance with UWEO membership requirements, before January 31 st each year.

  • All UWEO board members must be a UWEO member in good standing.

3. Time Commitment:

  • Attendance at one orientation meeting (2-4 hours).

  • Attendance at scheduled Board meetings (6 meetings x 3 hours per year plus preparation time).

  • Attendance at a 1.5 day UWEO Board of Directors Retreat (January/February).

  • Attendance at the following UWEO events/activities: Annual General Meeting (June) and CBYA (May).

  • Membership terms are for a period of four years and can be renewed for an additional 2 year term at the discretion of the chair to a maximum of 6 years.

4. Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older and a member of UWEO.


  • Area of expertise in research, fundraising, public policy, advocacy, social issues, marketing, business development, finance and/or volunteerism.

  • Previous volunteer board of directors experience with a charitable non-profit.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the community.

  • Knowledge of UWEO.

  • Committed to UWEO mission, vision and promise.

  • Strong leadership skills.

5. Benefits to Volunteer Role

  • Opportunity to be part of a high profile charity.

  • Opportunity to have an impact on the community.

  • Develop relationships with both the corporate and community sectors.

  • Opportunity to strengthen UWEO governance.

  • Raise personal profile in the community.

  • Broaden professional networking groups.

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