We are currently seeking experienced Directors, preferably with experience in not-for-profit boards in the United States, who are passionate about the organization’s mission with a demonstrated support and advocacy in LGBTQI causes. While all accomplished individuals will be considered, of interest will be those whose résumés include:
- Leadership experience in growing organizations with a high degree of change;
- Lived experience and/or refugee settlement experience;
- Risk Management expertise in nonprofit governance, financial control and reputational risk;
- Previous Board and/or governance experience;
- Legal experience in immigration; and
- Finance experience (reporting, cross border).
Board Members are expected to attend 90-minute monthly board meetings, which include current case summaries, by phone or in person and participate on at least one board or operational committee. Current standing committees include Governance, Development and Risk Management. Director terms are normally two years in length, renewable by mutual agreement. This is a voluntary position with travel costs for meetings or events being reimbursed.
Candidates must have a compelling interest in the vision, mission and values of the Rainbow Railroad. The organization’s core values include upholding diversity and equity as a centerpiece of its purpose, its people and its work. Members of the Board are expected to reflect and embrace the Rainbow Railroad’s commitment to the principles of diversity and equity.
As the Rainbow Railroad continues to expand its reach and the demands for its advocacy and life-saving work increase, the skills to contribute to an organization during periods of rapid growth are essential. Individuals with the talent to see the big picture and coalesce strategies into long-range plans will find this an exciting opportunity to lead in a meaningful way.
Finally, openness to innovation, the humility to learn from others, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts are highly valued. Women, people of color, transgender people straight allies, and people with lived experience as refugees and disabilities are encouraged to apply.
During World War II, the Emergency Rescue Committee was formed by Varian Fry and others to save some 2,000 refugees during the Vichy Regime in France. Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher paid posthumous tribute to Fry, acknowledging the failings of the Department of State at that important juncture in history. What is the extent of one’s obligations to others?
If you believe, as we do, that we cannot stand by and tolerate the persecution of LGBTQI individuals in repressive regimes around the world, this is an opportunity to become involved and to join an effort of significant humanitarian importance that may literally save their lives.