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Now Accepting
Board Applications

Live Oak Mental Wellness Project is seeking dynamic, passionate board members to help us grow our fledgling nonprofit organization into a life-changing resource for residents of the Antelope Valley. 

In addition to our efforts to become the AV's First Stop for Mental Health Support by offering referral services to service providers and other local resources, our next initiative is Grief & Loss Support Groups in partnership with LA County Department of Mental Health and the City of Lancaster. As we grow, we will continue to immerse ourselves in the mental health and adjacent communities to identify gaps throughout the Antelope Valley that we are well-suited to fill.

Our ideal candidate will contribute their own ideas and skills to help Live Oak Mental Wellness Project fulfill its mission of connecting AV residents with resources, development, and community. Our vision is that our clients will successfully integrate mental wellness strategies into daily life and be planted and deeply rooted in the right social community to enable them to thrive.

A startup organization is a lot of hard, detailed work, and we need informed, committed Board members working alongside us to be successful!

We are now accepting applications for the positions of:

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Our Goal:

To continue to increase the diversity of our board in the areas of

  • race/ethnicity and gender 

  • professional backgrounds, skills, and experiences necessary to meet our strategic and operating needs

  • views, perspectives, and approaches to problem solving. 
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An Ideal Candidate will

  • be a champion for Live Oak Mental Wellness Project in the Antelope Valley and beyond.

  • dedicate time, resources, and fundraising efforts to aid us in our mission.

  • be respectful of the input of others. 

  • be willing to evaluate and overcome any latent biases to ensure strongest growth of our organization and support of our clients. 

  • listen closely and ask hard questions that will make us better equipped to further our mission.

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Commitment:

  • 5-10 hours per month, including: 

    • one regular monthly Board meeting, approx 1 hour,
      using Robert’s Rules of Order

    • Special Board Meetings and/or Committee Meetings

    • Self-driven and group-based professional development 

    • Preparing for all meetings in advance by reading agendas and supporting materials 

  • Willingness to actively fundraise with the Board of Directors with the goal to raise $25k or more annually per board member to increase the impact of Live Oak 

  • Foster community connections to further the mission of our organization

Governing
Board
Responsibilities

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Live Oak Mental Wellness Project for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings 

  • Approving Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 

  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director 

  • Assisting the Executive Director and Board of Directors in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 

  • Partnering with the Executive Director and other Board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out 

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments 

  • Representing Live Oak Mental Wellness Project to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 

  • Ensuring Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s commitment to a diverse Board and Staff that reflects the communities the organization serves

Fundraising
Live Oak Board Members will consider Live Oak Mental Wellness Project a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Live Oak can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, the organization expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation
Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term in that role. Board meetings will be held monthly and special and committee meetings will be scheduled by the members thereof.

Qualifications
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s mission. Selected Board Members may have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to and understanding of Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience 

  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s beneficiaries

President

The Board President will support the work of Live Oak Mental Wellness Project and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Live Oak’s Executive Director, the Board/Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board President is both critical and expected.

 

Specific Board President responsibilities and qualifications include:

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  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director to develop and implement Live Oak Mental Wellness Project’s strategic plan 

  • Creating Board Meeting Agendas together with the Board Secretary and Executive Director

  • Having extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector 

  • Having experience with or willingness to learn and implement Robert’s Rules of Order as Chair of Board Meetings

Member-at-Large

Member-at-Large

Members-at-large support the work of Live Oak Mental Wellness Project by meeting all general expectations of a member of the Board of Directors. This position is well suited for those who are passionate about the work of the organization but may be new to serving on a board.

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for our Board!

Please take the time necessary to answer these questions thoughtfully.

 

We will reach out soon to schedule your interview.

 

Thank you for your interest in supporting our fledgling organization in this critical way; we look forward to getting to know you!

Open
Friday, January 12 - 
Monday, February 12 

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