Committee Member – Governance
Housing Families Inc.

919 Eastern Ave, Malden, MA 02148

Committee Member – Governance

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Our board The Board of Directors of Housing Families Inc. is the governing body of the organization. Their purpose is to
set policy; hire, evaluate, and support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); perform short term and long-term
planning; participate in fund development; and oversee the financial viability of the agency. The Board is self perpetuating and comprised of a diverse group of persons that can meet the needs of the organization.

The structure of the Board includes a Development Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee,
Nominating and Governance Committee, Property Committee, and other Ad Hoc committees as needed.*

*Subject to change
Position The Governance Committee will assist the Board to fulfill its responsibilities regarding matters that relate to governing the organization and in identifying, recruiting, and making recommendations of board candidates to be Board Directors.
Desired skills
Legal, Management, Board*
Commitment 1 to 3 hours/month
Donation Organization requires a specific amount of “give or get” for all board members.
Requirements Participation:

  • Attend at least 80% of Board meetings and Board activities. Review agenda and
    supporting materials prior to meetings.

  • Join at least one committee and participate fully in its activities.

  • Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs.

  • Participate in other Board activities, such as strategic planning and Board assessments.

  • Act as an ambassador for Housing Families within your network and community:
    o Attend special events.
    o Introduce the organization to friends, family, and colleagues to build a cadre of
    supporters for Housing Families.

  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field.

  • Assist in the Board recruitment and nominating process.

Organizational Development:

  • Responsible for hiring, evaluating, and supporting Housing Families’ CEO.

  • Regularly review the organization’s mission and purpose

  • Ensure effective organizational planning. As stewards of the organization, Board members must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in achieving
    the plan’s goals.

Financial and Fiduciary responsibility:

  • Ensure that the Board carries out its fiduciary responsibilities:

  • Review budgets and financial statements on a regular basis. Approve the annual

  • Sign a conflict-of-interest statement annually and disclose all potential conflicts in
    advance to the Board and Development Staff.

  • Serve as an ethical member of the Board in a manner that promotes the best interests
    of the organization.

  • Incorporate core values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in decision
    processes; widely communicate and invest in DEIB priorities; work with HFI team to
    build DEIB goals as metrics for organizational and employee performance; recruit and
    maintain a diverse an inclusive board.

  • Nurture a culture of inclusion with attention to key practices, set clear expectations for
    inclusive leadership behaviors, and align the mission of the organization to the broader
    equity issues being faced by the communities Housing Families serves.

Legal responsibility:

  • Exercise duty of care. Each Board member has a legal responsibility to participate
    actively in making decisions on behalf of the organization and to exercise their best
    judgment while doing so—including determining use of the budget allocated for
    fundraising activities.

  • Exercise duty of loyalty. Each Board member must put the interests of the organization
    before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the
    organization in a decision-making capacity.

  • Exercise duty of obedience. Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that
    the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres
    to its mission.

On-boarding New Board members will take part in our onboarding program which includes a personalized engagement plan, access to our resource library in our Board portal, and one-on-one introductory meetings.
Additional Info Responsibilities:   

  • Develop a board member, committee member, and officer recruitment strategy, taking into account desired skill sets and diverse perspectives.

  • Continually identify and recruit candidates for board, committee, and officer positions consistent with such strategy.

  • Ensure timely and compliant elections of board members and officers.

  • Develop, and ensure appropriate implementation of, a board, committee, and officer orientation and onboarding strategy, which emphasizes diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.

  • Develop and implement a plan for continually educating the board, committees, and officers.

  • Periodically review the defined and adopted mission and vision statements of the organization and whether they are consistent across documents and activities.

  • Periodically review the governing documents of the organization and whether they are consistent with applicable laws and actual or desired organizational practices; amend such governing documents, as necessary.

  • Develop and review other governance policies to guide effective oversight and thoughtful planning.

  • Annually review the performance of the board and committees, including the effectiveness of meetings, and make recommendations, as appropriate.

  • Annually review the performance of, and any perceived or actual conflicts involving, individual board members.

  • Recommend retention and re-election of incumbent board members, as appropriate.

  • Recommend the request for resignation or removal of a board member, as appropriate.

Our mission

Housing Families works to end family homelessness. We provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. We offer individualized supportive services to enrich children’s lives, nurture the potential of each family member, and help families maintain permanent housing.

Children, Education, Poverty