Volunteer Opportunity: FBC Board Member

October 30, 2021

Current areas of focus for Board Prospects:

  • Prairie Provinces
  • Atlantic Provinces
  • Lgbtq2s+ Community Members
  • Those who recognize as living with a Disability
  • Person’s with experience in: Law, philanthropy, Marketing, Community Development

Federation of Black Canadians  – Volunteer Posting

Position: FBC Board Member

Employment Type: Volunteer

Hours: 3-6 hours per Month 

Reporting to: The Board of Directors

Contract Duration: 2 years (renewable)


The Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) is a national, non-profit organization driven by Black organizations across the country. The Federation of Black Canadians advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.


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Who we are:

The Federation of Black Canadians is a national advocacy organization that partners with Black communities, organizations, and people in 13 provinces and territories across Canada. 


  • Support the strategic oversight of the organization 
  • Bring a unique lived experience and skillset to the strategic conversation 
  • Aide and support the building of capacity for the FBC by way of regional hubs, across the country;
  • Support the continued development of FBCs  governance model
  • Support the continued development of equity & inclusive environment for staff and volunteers 
  • Aide in the development of soliciting members, volunteers, donors, and partners in principle;
  • Provide strategic support and stewardship enabling management to run the day to day operations of the organization
  • Be a positive ambassador for the Federation of Black Canadians 

Time Commitment (approximate):

  • 6-12 meeting per year 
  • Sit as a member of at least one sub-committee, 4 -12 meetings a year (varies depending on committee & activities) 
  • Attendance at FBC main public functions (as reasonably required) 
  • 60 – 90 hours per year
  • 2-year term (renewable)

Activities and Tasks:

Five key areas of board responsibility

  • Establishing strategic direction and monitoring the performance of the organization
  • Managing risk
  • Development and maintaining the integrity of internal controls and management information systems
  • Monitoring and ensuring effective good governance for the organization
  • Advocacy and community relations

Comply with legal requirements (i.e. maintaining the finances, records, and minutes; enacting bylaws; ensuring the proper election of officers; and appointing an auditor)

  • Give careful consideration to all decisions being made by meetings
  • Attend Board meetings regularly and in accordance with the attendance requirements
  • Declare a conflict of interest where appropriate in compliance with the requirements of relevant legislation
  • Adhere to the highest standards of integrity, dedication, virtue and honesty
  • Be prepared to fulfill his/her responsibilities in the best interests of donors, the community at large and users of FBC services and products 
  • Participate in committees of the Board as required to ensure the proper functioning of the Board’s work;
  • Participate constructively and consistently in Board and committee meetings

Knowledge, Skill and Experience Profile:

  • Experience in organizational strategic planning 
  • Strong skills in communication, collaboration, media relations and diplomacy
  • Professional expertise in any of the following areas: finance, program development, HR, fundraising,  mentorship, stewardship, communications & marketing, advocacy, politics, law, technology, government relations, understanding of the African Canadian Diaspora  
  • A passion for community relations and development 

Benefits of being a Public Policy Committee Member:

  • Identified as a community leader 
  • Opportunity to have a tremendous impact in the community and across Canada
  • Broaden your professional networking group
  • Provide support and direction for Black Canadians in need
  • Provide a public service 

Qualified individuals are invited to submit their written expression of interest via e-mail to info@fbcfcn.ca  

This position is digitally-based, but we especially welcome applications from those that self identify as members of the African Diaspora living in Canada’s western and eastern provinces.

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in this position. Please note only candidates who are shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis to support vacant seats 

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