Board of Directors Recruitment

We encourage applications from trans, gender diverse and intersex people, Black, indigenous and Latinx people and people of color, D/deaf and disabled people, people from a migrant background, and sex workers.

Background

GATE, Inc. is an international advocacy and expert organization focused on gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. We work towards justice and equality for trans, gender diverse and intersex communities.  Rooted in our movements, we work collaboratively with strategic partners at the global, national and regional levels to provide access, knowledge, and resources. GATE, Inc. is a U.S. registered 501c3 organization. 

At this moment GATE is going through an exciting institutional development process. A key aspect of that process is the expansion of our current Governing Board of Directors through a public call for applicants. 

The Governing Board of Directors provides high-level leadership for the organization, including working closely with the organization’s staff leadership to set long-term organizational goals, provide financial oversight, and secure adequate resources to achieve GATE’s goals.

We would like to recruit 3 (three) new, highly committed Governing Board members with a strong passion for organizational governance, transformative advocacy, and cutting-edge political issues who are willing to join our diverse international board and contribute to GATE’s growth. Board Members will be asked to fulfill the following expectations and commitments.

Expectations of the Board as a Whole

  • Support and articulate GATE’s mission, vision and values.
  • Fundraising and resource development.
  • Enhancing GATE’s public image.
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management.
  • Strategic and organizational planning.
  • Respond to staff and fellow board members in a timely fashion.
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body of GATE.

Time Commitment

  • Serve at least one three-year tenure on the Governing Board.
  • Attend at least 80% of scheduled board meetings, and actively participate by reading all materials and coming to board meetings prepared to discuss items on the agenda. The GATE board currently meets quarterly via online conferencing. Meetings generally last 1 to 1.5 hours.  On occasion, special meetings may be scheduled as needed.
  • Dedicate on average ten hours each month to GATE, which includes attending board meetings, responding to emails, serving on committees, and performing other activities related to the successful operation of the organization.

Expectations of Individual Board Members

  • Know GATE’s mission, policies, programs and needs.
  • Read and understand GATE’s financial statements.
  • Serve as an active advocate and ambassador for GATE and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary to advance its mission.
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve GATE’s mission.
  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit GATE’s fundraising and reputational standing.
  • Ensure that GATE is functioning within relevant laws, its mission and Bylaws.
  • Sign an annual conflict of interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose any conflict before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings.
  • Support the organization’s sustainability by actively supporting fundraising efforts and participating in any board-directed fundraising initiatives. This could include building GATE’s donor program through individual networks, enlisting friends and associates to contribute to GATE, assisting with online campaigns, and promoting GATE in the community.
  • Follow GATE’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions.
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of GATE.

Skills and Qualifications

GATE’s governing board is made up of dedicated trans & intersex activists and allies from different regions and identities around the world. Members respect each others’ experiences and abilities, and put the organization’s mission before individual interests. Attributes of our most effective board members include: 

  • Understanding of trans and intersex communities and needs.
  • Time and motivation to prioritize GATE and board service.
  • Ability to follow through with commitments.
  • Passion for GATE’s work.
  • Leadership.
  • Comfortable working with groups in a change process.

GATE also seeks Governing Board members with concrete skills in one or more areas of our work, including: 

  • Fundraising.
  • International advocacy.
  • Nonprofit management / Organizational development.
  • Finance.
  • Strategic oversight.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This call will remain open until positions are filled.

Board of Directors Recruitment
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