Volunteer Board Member Positions

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Volunteer Board Member Positions

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This is a volunteer position
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Thursday, September 30, 2021
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We are looking for people to join the ORCC Board of Directors to provide strategic direction and sound governance as the organization transforms. You will be joining an organization that continues to uphold and navigate ethical and best practices in service delivery from a survivor-centered perspective for decades to come.


The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) is a grassroots organization that provides services and support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Ottawa. The organization is undergoing a renewal process to stay responsive to the diverse and shifting needs of the survivor communities that the ORCC represents and serves.

Now is a time of optimism, innovation, and reimagination at ORCC. As a Director, you will be integral to stewarding the organization’s effectiveness, growth, and sustainability as it develops and implements new strategies to better serve: BIPOC folks, the trans community, newcomers, the differently-abled, those at risk of incarceration, those at risk of homelessness, the economically marginalized, and rural residents.

ORCC’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ORCC is committed to operationalizing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of its work. All Board members must demonstrate a commitment to these values, a desire to learn about new ways to better meet the needs of Ottawa’s diverse communities, and an openness to change.

Every ORCC Board member will benefit from training and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to EDI initiatives. We invite people who embrace these values to join the ORCC Board of Directors, and we welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants that reflect the richness of our community.

Overview of the Volunteer Board Member Positions

Your unique perspective, skills, and experience will contribute to the Board’s work in developing and establishing the organization’s strategic direction, governance policies, annual budgets, and risk management plans. You will collaborate with other directors with diverse life experiences, knowledge, and skills to make the best possible decisions for the organization, consistently accounting for the needs and interests of survivors from all walks of life. Board members will also take part in committee work that reflects their interests and particular areas of expertise.

As a Board member, you will regularly interact with the Executive Director at Board meetings. You will ensure that she and other members of the management team are supported to implement strategic plans. Although you will not work directly with staff and volunteers on daily operations and program delivery, you will contribute to ongoing efforts to ensure that the ORCC takes a proactive and strategic approach to program delivery. Importantly, you will play your part to ensure that organizational policies and procedures are conducive to an equitable, inclusive, and healthy workplace for all.

ORCC will provide orientation, governance training, and board development opportunities that support your work, enable you to participate in meaningful ways, and ensure that you are well-equipped to meet your fiduciary obligations as a board director.

Specific Requirements

ORCC is currently looking for new board members with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Financial management of not-for-profits and charities
  • Not-for-profit governance and management
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Trauma-informed anti-oppressive programming and services
  • Partnership and community engagement
  • Fundraising
  • Legal and risk management planning
  • Human resources


ORCC is seeking board members who can commit to a 3-year term to support effective board succession planning and the ongoing renewal of the organization.

We welcome those with prior volunteer Board experience and/or substantial experience in the areas mentioned above. Board members are required to attend monthly board meetings and contribute to committee work for a total of 8-10 hours per month. Governance training and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training will be provided to Board members, in addition to board orientation sessions and briefings on the ORCC’s vision, mission, values, programs, and operations. The candidates selected can hold this position virtually. The ORCC Board member roles are unpaid volunteer positions.

To Apply

Apply by sending your resume to ORCC@ORCC.net by September 30th, 2021. Please include “ORCC Board of Directors” in the subject line.

Interviews may commence on a rolling basis before the deadline for applications.