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Alora Farm Board of Directors Job Descriptions and Current Opportunities 

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Current Board Opportunities:

 

Alora Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and public charity. We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusivity and seek to build a team from the community we serve so that an active voice of the mission is at the table. All candidates must agree to a thorough background check. Alora's mission should resonate deeply with candidates, and there should be a conviction to utilize their networks to create a place within the system for our neurodiverse clients.

 

Our Mission

Alora Farm's mission is to provide a nurturing and healing environment to promote wellness for autists and others with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD or DD) and serve as an alternative to the current group home and institutional living models.

Board Member Responsibilities:

The purpose of the Alora Farm Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Alora Farm to support the organization's mission and needs.

  • Board members serve on board committees and actively participate in committee work.

  • Board members are expected to play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for Alora Farm to achieve its mission.

  • Board members leverage personal relationships and connections to help solicit potential funders and directly invest in Alora Farm's work by making a unique contribution each year. The minimum is currently $25 per month.

  • Board members are asked to represent Alora Farm to their respective communities responsibly and advocate for Alora Farm's mission, programs, and services.

Major responsibilities:*

- Organizational leadership and guidance

- Organization of the Board of directors, officers, and committees

- Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures

- Fundraising and outreach

- Financial management, including understanding and oversight of the annual     budget

- Review of organizational and programmatic reports

- Promotion of Alora Farm

*Members of the Board share these responsibilities while acting in the organization's interest.

Meetings

The Board conducts monthly meetings, and each committee may also meet. In addition to the meeting times, board members should spend an average of 5-10 hours per month on board-related activities, depending on events and current initiatives. Meeting lengths and locations incl. Teleconference vary. Most state bylaws require one annual meeting in person.

Requirements

Alora Farm seeks a diverse group of individuals with varied backgrounds and experience, such as public service, business executives, and/or community leaders who will bring access and expertise to the organization.

  1. Candidates can commit to the mission and values of Alora Farm to make a difference in the lives of people and their communities.

  2. Candidates are committed to supporting Alora Farm in making the Board of Directors representative and inclusive of the entire community, including people of varied ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

  3. Have patience, a sense of humor, and a willingness to learn.

  4. Help in financial support for Alora Farm. This can be achieved through direct donation, hosting fundraising parties, and securing matching funds or grants. 

We are currently recruiting for increased diversity on our Board. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, and disabled individuals with experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply.

Treasurer

A Treasurer is typically charged with overseeing the management and reporting of an organization's finances. Generally, as with other officer positions, the specific duties of the Treasurer are stated in an organization's bylaws.

 

The Treasurer's responsibilities include:*

 

  • Financial management and/or oversight. A Treasurer may manage or oversee the management of the organization's financial affairs, often including such basic tasks as selecting a bank, reconciling bank statements, and operating cash flow. 

  • Budgets. The Treasurer may be responsible for preparing or facilitating the preparation of an annual budget and regular monitoring and comparing the actual revenues and expenses incurred against such budget. 

  • Reports. The Treasurer should have thorough knowledge and understanding of the organization's financial reports and important financial ratios. The Treasurer should keep the Board apprised of key financial events, trends, and concerns, and her assessments of the organization's fiscal health. The Treasurer is also generally responsible for completing or ensuring the completion of required financial reporting forms (including the IRS Form 990) in a timely manner and making these forms available for the Board's review.

  • Financial Liaison. A skilled Treasurer should be able to translate financial concepts and information for board members who do not have financial backgrounds or substantial financial experience. The Treasurer should spend time learning the particulars of the organization's finances and the applicable laws, including laws related to earned income, the unrelated business income tax, appropriate expenditures, and prudent investments.

*Credit:  Nonprofit Law Blog by NEO Law Group

Secretary

The Secretary's responsibilities include:

  • keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board in the books provided for this

     purpose

  • attend to the giving and serving of all notices on behalf of the Foundation.

  • take minutes of the meetings of the Board and keep the minutes as part of the corporate records

  • attest to the signature of the officers of the Foundation on all contracts, conveyances,  franchises,  bonds,  deeds,  assignments,  mortgages,  notes, and other instruments of the Foundation

  • keep a register of the mailing address of each director, officer, and team member of the Foundation

  • perform duties as assigned by the Board or President

  • perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary

Director

Advocacy Professional

Alora seeks experienced advocacy professionals to plan and implement strategies and campaigns to support an issue or cause. We seek a board member to help cultivate the Board's leadership role in advocacy, increase awareness about our mission's importance, influence public policy, and expand our reach.

Director

Advocacy Connection

Alora seeks a well-connected individual who shares a passion for our mission of wellness and dignity to autist teens and adults with IDD or DD. The candidate will leverage their networks and resources to support efforts that positively impact the policy environment in which Alora does its work.