Are you passionate about helping animals and have strong professional credentials that can benefit a fast-growing nonprofit organization? The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is currently recruiting two new volunteer board members to fill critical roles within our organization.

If you are interested in either of the volunteer board positions described below, please submit a letter of interest and resume to by August 3, 2014.


General Benefits of Board Membership:

  • Contribute to a cause you care about in a high-impact way. Serving on the board of SASF gives you the ability to significantly impact the lives of Seattle’s animals.
  • Gain important skills. Board members are expected to actively participate in strategic planning, financial management and fundraising. Bring your existing expertise and gain new knowledge through your board experience.
  • Expand your network. Your fellow board members and committee volunteers, and the organization’s funders, donors and corporate partners will considerably expand your personal and professional network.

General Requirements:

  • Board members serve terms of three years; board members may serve two consecutive terms and return to the Board after a one-year absence.
  • Board members are required to attend all board meetings (one per month).
  • Board members must maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • As this is a volunteer opportunity, board members will not receive monetary compensation for their board duties other than reimbursement for board-related expenses.

Specifically, SASF is seeking candidates for the following board positions:

Auction and Events Support

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills with strong follow-through
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple groups of people, including vendors and volunteers
  • Ability to remain dedicated and focused throughout a long planning and execution cycle
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to work well within a virtual team
  • Experience in planning and executing auctions and other large-scale fundraising events a plus
  • Auction procurement experience a plus
  • Experience partnering with local businesses to co-host events a plus
  • Honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for our organization’s development and a sense of humor

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a committee member or committee chair for the Events and/or Auction committees
  • Develop relationships with local businesses and identify fundraising opportunities
  • Critically evaluate the success of committee initiatives, and make recommendations for improvements to the Board
  • Actively recruit, cultivate and manage committee members
  • Provide input into the organizational strategic plan and monitor the organization’s progress towards achieving established goals

Weekly time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours (potentially higher during the height of event planning)

Treasurer, Finance Committee Lead

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with nonprofit accounting and financial management
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain nonprofit finance policies and procedures to the Board
  • Experience with developing an operational budget, and expertise in tracking and reporting income and expenditures to a budget
  • Knowledge of state and federal nonprofit compliance requirements and ability to fulfill reporting obligations
  • Presentation of monthly financial reports at board meetings

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the chair of and manage the finance committee
  • Along with the finance committee, manage the review of actions related to the board’s financial responsibilities
  • Work with the contract bookkeeper to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the Board on a timely basis
  • Develop the annual budget, in coordination with committee leads, the finance committee, and contract bookkeeper, and present the annual budget to the Board for approval
  • Supervise the contract bookkeeper to ensure the timely and accurate processing of all accounting transactions (receipts, disbursements, bank reconciliations, etc.)
  • Maintain such bank and investment accounts as authorized by the Board
  • Ensure that the annual filings are completed in a timely manner, including 1099s, State and City excise tax returns, WA nonprofit corporation annual report and WA charitable solicitations renewal
  • Prepare or coordinate the preparation of the annual IRS Form 990
  • Coordinate the annual insurance renewal and with the finance committee,  review policies to ensure adequate levels of coverage
  • Develop best practices for SASF’s financial management; document financial policies and procedures

Weekly time commitment: approx. 6-8 hours