National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) is inviting committed and passionate members to run for a position on our Board of Directors. The NLGSF Board of Directors plays a crucial role in governance, fundraising, strategic planning, and supporting administrative and financial matters of the organization. This is an exciting time for NLGSF as we begin our search for a new Executive Director, further develop our internal programs, and expand our membership base. Elections will take place in April 2020.

Who We’re Looking For

NLGSF is committed to maintaining a Board of Directors that reflects the full diversity and vibrancy of our membership, including age, gender, sexuality, legal status, race and professional experience. Members who are active in NLGSF’s committees and are able to represent the work and interests of the committees are strongly encouraged to run. Representatives of organizations that partner with the NLG are also strongly encouraged to run.In addition, members with knowledge and expertise in advocating for either 1) women/Queer/TGNC folks in prisons or 2) unhoused folks in encampments are especially needed to join the NLGSF Board of Directors. Prior experience serving on a Board of Directors is also desirable.

Expectations of Board Members

  • The NLGSF Board of Directors meets in-person quarterly, alternating between San Francisco and the East Bay. It is expected that Board members will attend all Board meetings and be available for conference calls in-between the quarterly meetings on an as-needed basis.
  • Board members are expected to attend a one-day Board retreat annually.
  • Board members are expected to attend at least three organizational events per year, including the annual Testimonial Dinner.
  • Board members serve two-year terms.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

  • Empower the Executive Director to set organizational priorities and develop/implement internal programming to do so.
  • Evaluate the Executive Director in partnership with Committee representatives and ensure that internal programs are effective and aligned with NLGSF’s mission.
  • Set organizational policies.
  • Provide oversight of NLGSF’s active programmatic committees.
  • Raise the public profile of NLGSF and awareness of its mission and programs.
  • Provide oversight of the annual budget and assist in its development.
  • Protect and strengthen the financial sustainability of the organization, including supporting the Executive Director with fundraising efforts.

To Run for a Position on the Board of Directors

  • You must be a member in good standing with NLGSF prior to election.
  • Complete the online questionnaire