Join our Board of Directors

The Boston Cyclists Union is seeking new members of its Board of Directors! Our Board helps guide the strategic planning of the organization in addition to serving other functions. Please read the information below to find out more about the responsibilities of Board members.

Interested candidates should reach out to Phil Stango (phil@bostoncyclistsunion.org) with a statement of why they'd like to join the board, and resume if they have one. We're particularly interested in folks with experience in development, marketing, community organizing, and finance.

 

Board Member Position Description

Overview: The Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of local leaders who are committed to advancing the mission and vision of the organization by providing strategic and management oversight, ensuring the financial and organizational health of the organization, and spearheading outreach, fundraising and promotion of the BCU to the broader community.

As the highest leadership body of the BCU, the board is expected to provide governance to the Boston Cyclists Union organization, stewarding and protecting its mission, while representing the organization to the community and accepting ultimate legal and fiduciary authority for it.

BCU Mission and Vision:  We’re helping people across metro Boston make everyday use of the bicycle with safe and comfortable access to economic, academic, social, and commercial opportunity. We envision a city that is world-renowned and admired for year-round cycling. We focus particularly on ensuring equity in the buildout of infrastructure across metro Boston, by engaging cyclists in key neighborhoods in our advocacy and outreach efforts and building leadership, power, and campaigns in communities of color and other neighborhoods that have been neglected in infrastructure updates and transportation planning.

The Board of Directors as a Governing Body:

Stewardship

  • Organizational leadership, advice
  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
  • Formulation, approval, and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation
  • Oversight of strategic planning and priorities
  • Promotion of the organization, including fundraising and outreach

Organization

  • Ensure that staffing is adequate to strengthen organization and support long-range goals.
  • Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.
  • Propose a slate of directors to fill vacancies as needed.
  • Annually conduct the Performance Review of the Executive Director and establish their base and incentive compensation based on recommendations of the Governance Committee and President of the Board.
  • Determine eligibility for and appoint Board Committees in response to recommendations of the Governance Committee.
  • Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps to improve its performance.

Fundraising

  • Drive the creation and execution of an annual development plan that identifies budget requirements and establishes appropriate fundraising goals.
  • Develop fundraising priorities, policies and approaches.
  • Target, approach, and help steward potential and existing donors.
  • Contribute an amount of personal significance (and ensure achievement of 100% Board annual commitment).
  • Monitor and evaluate fundraising campaigns.

Audit

  • Ensure that the Board and its committees are adequately and currently informed of the condition of the organization and its operations.
  • Ensure that published reports properly reflect the operating results and financial condition of the organization.
  • Ascertain that management has established appropriate policies to define and identify conflicts of interest throughout the organization, and is diligently administering and enforcing those policies.
  • Review compliance with relevant material laws affecting the organization.

Individual Board Member Requirements:

General: Each member of the Board is expected to have a

  • Passion for the mission of the organization;
  • Minimum of one year’s experience as a volunteer for the organization, preferably on a Board committee, or commensurate experience in a similar organization;
  • Documented commitment to execute the role and responsibilities of Board member for this organization;
  • Absence or disclosure of any conflict of interest with the organization;
  • Willingness and ability to play a leadership role in the organization and to learn and grow in the role.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The Board of Directors meets on a bi-monthly basis, generally on the fourth Monday of the month, 7-9:00 p.m. The meeting rotation begins in January.
  • Committees of the board typically meet eight or twelve times per year, depending on their respective work agendas.
  • Board members are asked to attend at least two fundraising events per year, and more as time and interest allows.

Expectations of board members:

  • Be informed of the organization’s mission, strategies, policies and programs.
  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the Board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by the organization.
  • Help communicate and promote the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission and programs to the community.
  • Be familiar with Boston Cyclists Union finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
  • Understand the policies and procedures of the Boston Cyclists Union.
  • Financially support the Boston Cyclists Union in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.