Join Code for Canada’s Board of Directors

Code for Canada is seeking individuals to fill two open positions on our Board of Directors:

  • Position #1: Board Member with relevant experiences in human resources management
  • Position #2: Board Member with relevant experiences in business development (i.e. fundraising, corporate sponsorships)

As we are striving to fulfill our mandate to be a national non-profit organization, we are looking to diversify the membership of the Board by prioritizing recruiting candidates who are based outside of Ontario for at least one of the two open positions.

About Code for Canada

Code for Canada is a non-profit organization headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to promote and enable civic technology and design, civic education, and collaboration between the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Our Vision

We believe in a more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable Canada, driven by improved policy and citizen engagement, and enabled through civic technology and design.

Code for Canada is an active participant in local, regional, national, and international conversations about civic tech and digital government. We deliver strategy and programming, including:

  • A fellowship program that embeds teams of three people with strong tech, design and data skills into government departments to work on the issues that matter to Canadians.
  • A community network program to support the creation and growth of grassroots civic tech groups in cities across the country.
  • A suite of education and training workshops to help governments, community groups and entrepreneurs learn how to put technology, data and design to work for the public good.
  • A program that connects government innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists and residents to collaboratively address civic challenges by offering training, events, space and project support.
  • A usability testing service that connects technology creators from the private, public and nonprofit sectors with diverse and underrepresented communities in the city.

To learn more about the organization, please visit http://codefor.ca.

About the Board and responsibilities

Code for Canada’s Board supports the work of the organization and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Code for Canada’s Executive Director (ED) and staff, the Board-Staff relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. It is expected that each Board member will sit on at least one working group / task force of the organization.

General responsibilities

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED and the Management Team
  • Guiding the development of Code for Canada’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Code for Canada staff for evaluating impact, and regularly measuring performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
  • Approving Code for Canada’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the Management Team and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board members
  • Working with the Management Team and other Board members to ensure that Board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Supporting fundraising and partnership development
  • Representing Code for Canada to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring Code for Canada’s commitment to a diverse Board and staff

Role specific responsibilities

Position #1: Board Member with relevant experiences in human resources management

  • Lead Talent & Culture Task Force comprising select Board members and Management Team members to provide oversight on implementation of talent and culture related initiatives
  • Provide advisory support to Management Team in setting human resources policies and implementing talent management practices
  • Ensure that C4C maintains and implements appropriate human resources policies and standards

Position #2: Board Member with relevant experiences in business development (i.e. fundraising, corporate sponsorships)

  • Provide advisory support to Management Team in business development initiatives, e.g. obtaining charitable status
  • Bring thought leadership to enable C4C in establishing a fundraising framework and implementation approach

Board terms and participation

Code for Canada’s Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held every two months and committee meetings are held as required.

Qualifications

We are currently seeking individuals with relevant experiences to fill two positions below:

Position #1 - Board Member with relevant experience in human resources management

  • Relevant professional experience in human resources management, e.g. recruiting, employee relations, talent development, culture
  • Prior experiences in establishing HR foundation for start up organizations and /or organizations in rapid scaling phase
  • Human Resources Professional Certification and / or educational background is preferred

Position #2 - Board Member with relevant experience in business development

  • Professional experience in business development in non-profit organizations is preferred
  • Proven track record in fundraising and / or corporate sponsorships

For both positions, ideal candidates will have the following characteristics:

  • Must reside within Canada with residence outside of the province of Ontario is preferred
  • Prior experience in the public sector or having worked at municipal and / or provincial government organizations is an asset
  • A commitment to and understanding of Code for Canada’s unique value proposition, with an appreciation for the technology sector, community building and citizen engagement
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, commitment to inclusion and collaboration
  • Prior non-profit/charitable Board leadership experience is considered an asset

Please note: Service on Code for Canada’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board members’ duties.

How to Apply

Please send your resume or LinkedIn profile along with a brief statement of interest to board@codefor.ca by February 26, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for considering this opportunity.


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