Position Available – Volunteer Board Member

Friends of UNFPA is seeking enthusiastic board members to join a dynamic and growing organization committed to the reproductive health, dignity, and rights of women and girls around the world.  

As a volunteer board member, you would be joining a principled, collegial, and dedicated group that provides governance, leadership, and oversight of the organization. Further, your voice and expertise will create new opportunities for women and girls; your philanthropy will lead to transformative change; and your commitment will inspire others to get involved. 

About Friends of UNFPA

Friends of UNFPA, established in 1998 and headquartered in New York City, is the US non-profit that supports the work of UNFPA, the lead United Nations agency for reproductive health and rights for all.

Our vision is a world where the reproductive health, dignity, and rights of women and girls around the world are honored and effectively met through the leadership and work of UNFPA. 

Through our leadership, engagement, fundraising and partnership with UNFPA, we are becoming a powerful voice and influencer for the cause of global reproductive health care and rights within the United States, and delivering growing resources to UNFPA for their critical work.

With an unswerving focus on maximizing financial resources for UNFPA, we work to reach out to and mobilize American individuals, corporates, foundations, media, influencers, and faith & community groups.

We advocate passionately for the work of UNFPA within the USA and showcase UNFPA’s remarkable achievements. And we amplify, celebrate, empower and respect the women, girls and communities that we work to support.

Friends of UNFPA is embarking on an ambitious strategy to become the voice of global reproductive health care in America and raise $100M over the next 10 years to help UNFPA achieve its vision where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

Board Vision

Friends of UNFPA’s Board of Directors has an important role to play in catapulting UNFPA’s mission to the forefront of American dialogue and philanthropy. Comprised of remarkable leaders from diverse backgrounds, the board guides the organization and sets the pace toward this new vision. Friends of UNFPA’s board is active and attuned to helping the organization reach its goals. Diversity in thought and expertise is celebrated and the board is a constant resource for creativity and building networks. All members are committed to the financial sustainability of the organization.

Why Join?

  • Contribute to the empowerment and participation of women and girls, which is critical in helping to end poverty, rescue the planet, and build an equitable and peaceful world.
  • Have a voice in shaping an ambitious campaign to bring UNFPA’s mission to the forefront of American dialogue and philanthropy.
  • Engage with colleagues and experts on the most pressing global issues of our time, gaining access to visit field sites and seeing firsthand the impact of UNFPAs work.
  • Guide the organization through an extraordinary period of growth and ambition.

Expectations

  • Belief in the importance of UNFPA’s mission: to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
  • Provide governance and fiduciary oversight to Friends of UNFPA. Directors hold themselves accountable and make themselves available to support good governance and effectively advise executive leadership. 
  • Commitment to make Friends of UNFPA a top philanthropic priority and enthusiasm to share your commitment by raising private sector support for women and girls globally.
  • Creativity in helping grow our community by introducing networks, fundraising, and becoming well informed on the importance of global reproductive health.
  • Participate in quarterly board meetings (every 3 months), serve on a standing committee, and join ad-hoc committees as necessary.

Candidate Profile

A successful candidate will have one or more of the following professional and personal qualities, skills and characteristics:

  • Advise & Counsel: Ability to ask insightful questions, guide a growing organization, actively participate in discussions, and offer advice in a constructive fashion. 
  • Philanthropic Impact: A philanthropic leader resolute in your commitment to the health and dignity of women and girls. Personally commit to making Friends of UNFPA one of your top philanthropic priorities and giving a minimum of $10,000+ annually. 
  • Advocate: A passionate and connected individual who is energized by connecting people to the mission and building the Friends of UNFPA community. Willing to open doors and introduce networks, host events, speak or write on FOU’s behalf and advocate within your peer and professional communities.
  • Marketing Expertise: An experienced leader in marketing and digital growth strategy, willing to guide the team as we embark on an ambitious digital growth plan. Experience marketing global causes in the US preferred. 
  • IT/Tech Expertise: An experienced leader in IT and technology with practical knowledge of growing organizations and systems. Preference for a leader who can both guide the organization internally and is willing to open doors and networks to increase awareness of Friends of UNFPA among the tech sector. 

Eligible candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by August 15, 2021, to jobs@friendsofunfpa.org. Please reference “Volunteer Board Member” in the subject header. 


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