RPCVW Board Positions Now Open

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Overview

Do you want to apply your talents to the growth of a membership organization? Do you want to be part of a community that embodies the spirit of Peace Corps? Do you want to be challenged, learn a ton of stuff, have a lot of fun, and make a significant impact?

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W), a nonprofit organization, is looking for stellar leaders to take on volunteer roles on committees and its board of directors. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a volunteer activity, but a long-term opportunity to empower the RPCV community, support returning volunteers, and build a network with volunteers from the last six decades.

You should be a go-getter, self-starter, big-picture, strategist with an eye for detail and a willingness to support the entire board of directors and work collaboratively with other committee members. You must be willing to produce prompt and effective results within your board role.

You will have the opportunity to play a key role in expanding the organization and should have a minimum of 10-15 hours a month to dedicate to your position on the board of directors and at least one committee. Executive board members can expect to spend 15-20 hours a month dedicated to their position, committees, and mentorship. We look forward to having you join our team!

The RPCV/W board has 14 voting board members, 4 of which are executive board members. Active RPCV/W members may apply for a board position. Executive board members must have served a minimum of one year in a non-executive board role.

Mission

To foster a community of RPCVs and friends in the Washington, D.C. area that embodies the spirit of the Peace Corps.

Bylaws

RPCV/W's bylaws outline the rules which are used to govern the internal affairs of the organization.

Affiliations

RPCV/W is not the Peace Corps nor does it directly donate to overseas Peace Corps programs. RPCV/W is a member group of the National Peace Corps Association.

 

Communications Chair

Essential Qualifications: Requires strong marketing and communications skills with an understanding of social media channels, website, and team management. You should have strong writing skills and basic graphic design skills. An understanding of nonprofits and membership organizations communication styles is strongly encouraged. If you have questions about this position and/or are interested in speaking with the current Communications Chair please email Communications@rpcvw.org.

What a successful candidate looks like: Will have successfully built social media campaigns to garner new members, followers, sales, and donors. Will have evidence of successfully meeting or exceeding communications goals for an organization.

Marketing

  • Operates the website, social media accounts, blog, and other online services.

  • Troubleshoots technical issues.

  • Works with other Directors to promote their materials across social media channels (materials will be created by individual directors, not Communications).

  • Works with the Executive Board in response to press inquiries.

Event Planning

  • Supports the Special Events Director with advertising and ticket sale promotion for the Summer BBQ, Holiday Party, and other major events. Sits on the Special Events committee.

 

Development Chair

Essential Qualifications: Requires an understanding of basic fundraising knowledge including sponsorships, advertising, fundraising sales, donor engagement, stewardship, etc. Must be willing to help raise $20,000 a year to reach the RPCV/W Endowment goal of $100,000.

What a successful candidate looks like: Will have successfully fundraised gifts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 on behalf of an organization and built relationships with donors from cultivation to ask to stewardship.

Fundraising

  • Use fundraising strategies to help raise $20,000 a year towards the endowment fund to create long-term sustainability for the organization.
  • Negotiates and is the primary point of contact for sponsorship agreements and advertising contracts.
  • Supplements RPCV/W revenue through various channels, including sales of t-shirts, yoga mats, etc.
  • Supports Outreach and Professional Development in relationship building to members and external partners and sits on the Outreach and Professional Development committees.

Event Planning

  • Plans and solicits donations for the Silent Auction and other fundraising activities at the annual Holiday Party and BBQ.
  • Working closely with other Directors as necessary, such as Social, Special Events, Professional Development, and Community Service Directors to plan events geared towards different types of sponsors and advertisers.

 

How to Apply

First, consider why you are interested in joining the board of RPCV/W and what you might hope to gain from joining. Second, confirm that your membership is active here. Then submit a 250 maximum word short essay to President@rpcvw.org expressing your interest. Please be sure to highlight why you feel you'd be a good candidate for this position.

All submissions must be received before midnight on Sunday, April 1st. The RPCVW Board plans to convene on Thursday, April 5th to vote for candidates. The initial terms of these positions are through the end of the 2018 calendar year.