May. 04, 2021

Opportunity: Board Member – Clean Foundation Board of Directors

Article by Clean Foundation


Clean Foundation is a forward-thinking, practical yet inspirational environmental charity with decades of real-world experience. We get things done. We educate the next generation of leaders. We inspire change.

And we are looking for inspiring people to join our Board.

Clean is seeking experienced, committed professionals to serve on our volunteer Board of Directors. You’ll join a team working to create a more sustainable society in Atlantic Canada – today and into the future.

You don’t have to come from an environmental background – you just have to believe that solutions are possible.

Clean makes homes more energy efficient, restores streams & watersheds, engages youth on the environment, , mitigates the effects of stormwater, helps communities reduce waste, and contributes to public policy discussions.

That’s what we do. Why we do it is to help create a more sustainable society in Atlantic Canada. We work for a clean climate and clean water and, to help us get there, we foster, educate and support clean leaders in our communities.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by Monday, May 10th.


As a Board member for Clean, you will contribute your experience and ideas on a forward-thinking, sustainable society in Atlantic Canada. And you will help guide the mission of an innovative environmental NGO that has deep experience in programming.

Because we believe that all facets of our economy must embrace greener practices, we are looking for a wide range of skills from a wide range of sectors, including technology, food, transportation, and finance.

We are also looking for dynamic Board members who can be champions of our Clean programs within your networks and beyond.

Time Commitment

Five to ten hours per quarter (meetings, preparation, consultation).


2 years, elected annually at the AGM in June. Terms may be renewed twice for a total of six years.


The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to Clean’s community members, funders, and other stakeholders. They hold Clean’s management team accountable for organizational performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives and for effective stewardship of financial and human resources.


Individual Board members have no authority to approve actions by Clean, to direct staff, or to speak on behalf of Clean unless given such authority by the Board.


Board members are responsible for acting reasonably and in good faith to further the long term interests of Clean and the communities and groups it serves. They are expected to bring broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective to the task of informed decision-making.

Board members are expected to prepare for and make their best efforts to attend every Committee and Board meeting, either in person, or via video or conference call. Board members will be required to attend a minimum of 75% of all Committee and Board meetings in a year.

Principal Duties

Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:

  • Prepare for and participate in board meetings
  • Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, be open to compromise, and make sound and informed judgements
  • Support governance decisions once made
  • Actively participate in the review of Clean’s mission and objectives, and in the development of a strategic plan
  • Help the board to monitor Clean’s performance in relation to its mission, objectives, core values, and reputation
  • Abide by the by-laws, regulations, and other polices that apply to the Board and maintain commitment to its established mission and accountability to the general public
  • Participate in the approval of the annual budget and monitor Clean’s financial performance in relation to the budget to ensure Clean has the necessary resources to carry out its mission
  • Help establish, review, and monitor operational polices
  • Participate in the hiring of, and if required, the releasing of, the Executive Director, as needed
  • Participate in the evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Identify prospective Board members and help, where applicable, to recruit them
  • Participate in the evaluation of the Board itself
  • Contribute to the work of Board as a member of a board committee
  • Attend and participate in the Annual General Meeting
  • Be an ambassador for Clean, by ensuring their involvement is known within their own network of friends and contacts
  • Keep informed about community issues relevant to Clean’s mission and objectives and relay any strategic networking and program development opportunities to senior staff when they arise

When acting on behalf of Clean, to put the interests of Clean before any personal or professional concerns and avoid potential conflicts of interest



The following are considered key job qualifications:

  • Commitment to organization’s mission and strategic directions
  • A commitment of time
  • Openness to learning

To apply for this job email your details to BODINFO@clean.ns