Sunday, June 15, 2008

Interested in joining the YNPN San Diego team?

Lately, YNPN San Diego has been getting a lot of attention from the young nonprofit professional community in San Diego! We are so excited to have all of the questions and interest in the organization. Many of you have asked questions about how you can get involved and what the process if for joining the Board of Directors or a committee. Well, here are some answers...

The biggest thing to remember is that we are a very new organization...we are working through transition and learning the best strategies to support our members in a sustainable way for the volunteers at YNPN San Diego. Originally, I was accepting applications for the board and committee and reviewing them one-by-one, setting up follow up calls and sending out a ton of emails. As the board is growing (we have our first meeting on Tuesday!) we have more capacity to share in these responsibilities.

We currently have seven board members and just as many pending applications. At our next board meeting we will decide how many board members we want and what expertise we need. We will also determine procedures for processing board applications. Board and committee applications may be processed on a monthly or quarterly basis.

If you are interested in joining a committee or the board, these are the steps:
  1. Go to the YNPN San Diego website where you will find the application and the descriptions for the board positions and committees.
  2. Download the application and fill in the corresponding information
  3. Submit your application (in xml format) along with your resume to
  4. A YNPN San Diego Board Member will file your application and begin tracking your interest in the board and/or committee(s) on our spreadsheet.
  5. If you are interested in a committee:
    1. Your application will be submitted to the corresponding committee for review and approval.
    2. The committee chair will contact you to welcome you to the committee and provide you with relevant orientation information for the committee. (Schedule of reviewing and accepting applications TBD.)
  6. If you are interested in the Board of Directors:
    1. Your application and resume will be reviewed on a regular basis (monthly or quarterly) by the board development committee.
    2. Someone from the board development committee will contact you about setting up a follow up call or interview. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about YNPN San Diego governance responsibilities and for us to inform you of the commitments, etc.
    3. Your application will be taken to the next board of directors meeting for discussion.
    4. If your application is approved, you will receive a welcome email including all the details for the board of directors meeting schedule and other relevant information including orientation.
The YNPN San Diego Board of Directors currently meets monthly, on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending a meeting and are not a board member, please contact us at

Priorities for our board include:
  • Outlining vision, goals, and strategies for the next year.
  • Establishing board structure (i.e. bylaws, board development, strategic planning, policies and procedures, etc.).
  • Creating committees and providing leadership to those committees from board members.
  • Determining fiscal structure through independent 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship.
Committees will begin to form and meet on an as-needed and eventually, on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we begin to form our new, exciting, and dedicated team of leaders! Please post your questions and comments here about the application process.

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