Board Opportunity
Su Casa~Ending Domestic Violence

Organization Profile

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to empower individuals and families to live free from domestic abuse and build partnerships with communities to end domestic violence.

Organization Description

Su Casa~Ending Domestic Violence (Su Casa) is located in the city of Long Beach in south Los Angeles County
and provides a cohesive array of services to women, children and men who have experienced domestic violence
(DV). Clients benefiting from Su Casa's outreach, education, and direct services are drawn from the Los Angeles
County communities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos, Bellflower, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk,
Paramount, and Downey. Su Casa's emergency and transitional shelters serve clients from throughout Southern
California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Su Casa serves clients and their children who have survived domestic violence. The results-oriented organization
provides a 24-hour hotline; a Walk-In Center; outreach and prevention services; behavioral health services;
programs for children and teens; and emergency shelter and transitional housing. Clients can engage with Su Casa
at an intensity that is comfortable for them – accessing an array of services from general information and referrals
to crisis counseling and safety planning. Su Casa uses up-to-date evidence-based practices like Motivational
Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Care to break cycles of violence and promote healing and self-sufficiency for
children and adults alike.

Service Area
Regional: Los Angeles County

Staff Size
23 people

Board Size
9 people

Average Board Tenure
7 years

Programming Area(s)
At-Risk Children and Youth, Child Abuse and Neglect, Domestic and Family Violence, Housing / Homelessness

http://www.sucasadv.org

Address

3750 E.Anaheim st. Suite 100
Long Beach, California, CA 90804

Board Position

Term Length
No term limits years

Position Description

Board-Member-Job-Description.docx

 

Su Casa - Board Member Position Description

 

Title

Member, Su Casa Board of Directors

 

Purpose

To serve as an active voting member of the legally constituted volunteer group which has authority and responsibility for the development of policies and continuing review of the conduct of the business of Su Casa. To raise funds in support of the organization’s conduct of the programs.

Term

Unexpired term

 

Qualifications

  • Mature, management level professional in the corporate, nonprofit, or public sector.
  • Possesses professional expertise in any of the following fields; Accounting, Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, IT, Healthcare, Finance.
  • Reputation for integrity, honesty, diplomacy and discretion – Highly ethical
  • Likely to be respected by business, government, education and media
  • Has excellent leadership capabilities in the and is willing to contribute that expertise to the operation of the Board and its committees.
  • Possesses or is building a strong network in their field and/or community
  • Understands the importance of making an annual charitable gift to Su Casa, and is willing to learn how to encourage others to do so.
  • Committed to the mission of the organization, has the ability to serve as a public representative of the organization, and involve others in the work of Su Casa.
  • Nonprofit governance experience is helpful; training is available at no cost for those elected to the board

 

Key Responsibilities

 

  • Participate regularly by attending scheduled board meetings, committee meetings, board retreats and special meetings as appropriate.
  • Commit to serve on at least one additional committee.
  • Delegate its powers to committees, officers or employees to the extent consistent with the law.
  • Oversee financials, including adoption and management of annual operating budget.
  • Assure a process is in place to select, employ and evaluate the performance of the Executive Director
  • Every board member is expected to vote after careful consideration of on issue at hand. Task which will require a preparation and a vote by Board members may include:
    • Decisions on issues, policies, priorities, goals and objectives;
    • Participation with other Board members and staff in the formulation, updating, and approval of long range strategies and objectives;
    • Nomination and election of members and officers of the Board;

 

  • Approval and monitoring of the operation and plant, property, and equipment budgets.

 

 

  • Raise funds and support all efforts and events implemented by Su Casa Board and its volunteers and staff.

 

Time Demands

Meetings are held quarterly on fourth Wednesday of the month (August, November (3rd Wed), February, and May). All meetings are from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

 

 

Other

Dues for the Board of Directors are at least $750 per year

Estimated monthly time commitment
4 hours

Board charitable giving policy
$750 Annual Contribution, prorated depending on election date during the fiscal year.

Other key board roles and responsibilities
  Su Casa –Annual Board Agreement As a Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence Board Member, I agree to add value to the organization by knowing and agreeing to support & uphold the Mission: Su Casa empowers individuals & families to live free from domestic abuse and builds partnerships with communities to eliminate domestic violence.”   To accomplish this goal, I agree to: General Expectations

  • Take an active interest in the field of domestic violence by following current issues & legislation and engaging in advocacy efforts, when requested.
  • Serve in leadership positions & undertake special assignments willingly when asked. Understand that each Board member is expected to serve on at least one committee and that this activity will require additional meeting attendance & active participation in addition to Board meetings.
  • Serve as a goodwill ambassador for Su Casa by championing the mission, programs and values of the organization in the community.
  • Act as a community liaison and advocate on behalf of Su Casa as requested by the chair.
  • Thoughtfully suggest nominees for the Board, Committees, and Volunteers who will bring value to the organization.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding Su Casa’s operations, clients and shelter locations.
    Fiduciary Responsibility  
  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements and otherwise help the Board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review and approve annual audit and have a basic understanding of the organization’s financial health.
  • Exercise prudence in control or transfer of Su Casa funds.
Fundraising
  • Make a personal stretch gift of at least $750 at the beginning of each Fiscal Year, as provided for in the By-laws and Resolution.
  • Assist the Resource Development Committee and/or staff by actively participating in fundraising activities by implementing fundraising strategies through personal influence with others including corporations, foundations & individuals.
      Su Casa – Annual Board Member Agreement continued   Meetings:  
  • Prepare for and participate in all Board and Committee meetings, Board orientations, retreats, training sessions & other organizational activities.
  • Attend all Board meetings. Communicate in a timely manner with the Chair or Executive Director if unable to attend a meeting. Understand that, according to the By-laws, unexcused absences for at least 25% of the regular board meetings in the previous 12 months may result in removal by the Board of that director.
  • Suggest agenda items periodically for the Board and Committees to ensure that significant policy-related matters are addressed.
  • Ask judicious and substantive questions while supporting majority decisions of the Board.
  Relationship with Executive Director and Staff  
  • Have a complete and thorough understanding of Su Casa’s organizational chart and job descriptions, including those for Volunteers, Board and Staff members.
  • Understand the role of a board member as it relates to board service, supporting the ED, and proving oversight vs. non-board role of operations & operation related decision making.
  • Ensure to practice appropriate & respectful board/staff interaction in board committees, Direct agency staff contact outside of committees & events should always go through the Executive Director, unless directed otherwise.
  • Advise the Executive Director as appropriate and offer support; provide input for Director’s annual performance review.
  Avoiding Conflict of Interest:  
  • Maintain independence and objectivity. Act with sense of fairness, ethical intent and personal integrity.
  • Avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest and disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Never accept favors or gifts from or to anyone who does business with Su Casa.
                     

Desired board member experience/expertise
Accounting
Corporate Executive
Finance
HR
IT
Legal
Nonprofit Executive