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DogAbility Center

Canine-Assisted Activities

for children & adults of all abilities

Located in Syosset Get Directions
info@dogabilitycenter.org
(516) 387-0066

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DogAbility Center, Inc - Nonprofit Organization

Member of the Board of Directors

Mission

DogAbility Center’s mission is to provide innovative canine-assisted experiences, using certified activity therapy dogs with skilled handlers that afford stimulation, encouragement and entertainment to better the lives and well-being of children and adults of all abilities in the community.

Position

The Board will support the work of DogAbility Center and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by DogAbility Center’s Executive Director (CEO), the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as she develops and implements DogAbility Center’s strategic plan 
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by DogAbility Center 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 DogAbility Center’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 CEO 
  • Assisting the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 
  • Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out 
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments 
  • Representing DogAbility Center to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization 
  • Ensuring DogAbility Center’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities DogAbility Center serves

 Fundraising

DogAbility Center Board Members will consider DogAbility Center a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that DogAbility Center can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, DogAbility Center expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/participation

DogAbility Center’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about DogAbility Center’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector 
  • A commitment to and understanding of DogAbility Center’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 DogAbility Center’s beneficiaries

 Service on DogAbility Center’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.


Questions?
Contact us at: info@DogAbilityCenter.org

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