Director of the Benevolent Fund Society

Location:
Burnaby, BC
Date Posted:
April 19, 2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Status:
Up to 3 years


Background

The Engineers and Geoscientists BC Benevolent Fund is a registered society under the BC Societies Act, and is administered by a Board of Directors. It operates at arm’s length with staff support, but without financing from the association. Applications for assistance from the Benevolent Fund are reviewed by the Board of Directors and the confidentiality of these applications is strictly maintained. Assistance can take the form of one-time grants, access to financial, career or personal counselling services, or access to other services as necessary.

Purpose

The Engineers and Geoscientists BC Benevolent Fund Society is a registered charity assisting members (and their dependents) in financial distress to overcome short-term cash-flow difficulties. Assistance is administered on a case-by-case basis by a Board of Directors and operates at arms-length from the association. The Society receives donations from association members and invests, administers and distributes these funds for the purposes of the Society.

Opportunity

The Engineers and Geoscientists BC Benevolent Fund Society is currently considering a new Director for a term of up to 3 years, with the possibility of renewal.

Average Time Commitment

  • The Directors typically meet face-to-face four times per year at the association office in Burnaby, BC, including their AGM in September of each year.
  • As necessary, Directors will meet via teleconference or in person at the association office in Burnaby, BC to discuss applications and other business, and
  • To ensure that member donations to the Benevolent Fund Society are used primarily to assist members in need, travel expenses for Directors to attend meetings are not reimbursable. Teleconferencing is available.

Duties and Expectations

  • Receive and review in confidence the applications from Engineers and Geoscientists BC members who are in financial distress due to short-term cash-flow difficulties.
  • Must be able to read and understand the financial situation of applicants.
  • Be able to participate in discussion to carefully examine the submitted applicant information, determine eligibility, and reach consensus with fellow directors on course of action.
  • Review and discuss investment policies of the Benevolent Fund Society, and
  • Understand and abide by the constitution, bylaws and operating procedures of the Society.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be a professional member or limited licensee of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
  • Empathy towards those facing financial hardship.
  • Sensitive to confidential matters, and
  • Broad and diverse career/work experience

Term of Office

  • 3-year term renewable up to three times.

Measures of Success

The successful volunteer will:

  • Work harmoniously with other Directors.
  • Actively participate in meetings and teleconferences to evaluate applications and contribute towards decisions, and
  • Work towards a consensus among Directors in the decision making process.

Benefits

  • Opportunity to assist members overcome their financial distress.
  • Give back to your profession and industry by sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • Learn new skills and expand your professional network, and
  • Volunteer appreciation.

Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that values and respects diversity, both within our organization and in our larger community.

To apply for this position please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to Human Resources at .
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