Call For Board Members

Call for Board Members 

We’re growing!  St. John’s Storytelling is seeking a treasurer and member at large to help us share our stories. 

St. John’s Storytelling is expanding! We program group and solo performances, workshop series, professional development, school visits, and community partnerships  year round. Our goal is to celebrate storytelling traditions from many cultures, to support new and  experimental approaches, and to foreground the role of stories in shaping social change. Plus, our board  members get to be part of an incredible community of performers, writers, musicians, activists, and  innovators from a wide variety of fields.

About SJS: 

St. John’s Storytelling is a not-for-profit organization that has been active in the Storytelling  community of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2004. We host and organize an annual Storytelling  festival bringing storytellers from across the Province, Canada and internationally to the stage in St.  John’s. Our festival and year-round programming includes story walks, group and solo shows, open mics,  workshops and working groups, and events for families and young tellers. 

The mandate of St. John’s Storytelling is to promote the art and tradition of storytelling in  Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout Canada; to foster creative expression of this art; and to  promote cooperation among organizations related to the art and tradition of storytelling in  Newfoundland and Labrador. 

We are seeking to honor the unique storytelling traditions from this place and cultures around the  world. As we aim to preserve tradition, we also support experimental approaches and new developments  in the medium. Storytelling is an art of unmediated connection, making it uniquely suited to activism and  a great vehicle for social change. Our goals are big. Help us champion them. 

About the Board: 

Serving on the St. John’s Storytelling Board is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is  passionate about the art of storytelling, and excited about leadership and governance in the nonprofit  sector. The successful applicant will have time to commit to monthly board meetings, planning sessions  and assisting with special events from time to time. We are seeking a team player, someone who listens  well and is thoughtful in considering new ideas. A positive, collaborative attitude is essential to ensure  the continued positive success of the organization.  

The SJSF Board of Directors is a volunteer board who maintain hands-on involvement in all the activities  of the organization. 

Roles & Responsibilities 

Member at Large: 

⮚ Attend monthly board meetings 

⮚ Maintain active and timely communication with board members, primarily through email 

⮚ Attend Board Development meetings and training sessions (4 – 8 times per year) ⮚ Be willing to serve on the Executive and/or a sub-committee 

⮚ Be willing to lend support in their area of expertise on an as-needed basis 

⮚ Attend SJS events and programming 

⮚ Participate in brainstorming! We want new and creative ideas for events and partnerships

       ⮚ Be an active listener and a lover of stories 

Treasurer: 

⮚ Chair the Finance Committee 

⮚ Work with Finance Committee to develop budgets, review actuals, and develop/update expense  policies as needed 

⮚ Manage payments and make deposits 

⮚ Work with Administrator to maintain accurate financial records 

⮚ Liaise with accountants 

⮚ Must have experience and comfort level working with finances including spreadsheets, and basic accounting.

SJS strives to be an inclusive and safe space for all and is looking to diversify our leadership to reflect  the communities that we serve and to broaden our audiences and performer base. We strongly encourage applications from anyone interested in supporting our aims, and especially from those who are members of marginalized and/or underserved or  underrepresented communities, especially individuals who identify as Indigenous; people of colour; diverse gender and sexual identities (including 2SLGBTQIA+); people living with dis/ability, etc. 

To Apply: 

We require the Personal Information Sheet (below) and a recent CV. Please email your completed application to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com 

Thank you for your interest, 

Catherine Wright – SJS President

PO Box 23084 

Churchill Square 

St. John’s, NL

 A1B 4J9 

 storytellingstjohns@gmail.com 

SJS BOARD MEMBER APPLICATION FORM 

Your name:__________________________________________________________________ Your Home Phone Number: ______________________Cell number:____________________ 

Your address: _________________________________________________________________   

____________________________________________________________________________ Your email address: 

____________________________________________________________________________ 

Briefly describe why you would like to join our Board of Directors: 

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 

If you are currently affiliated with any other organizations you’d like us to know about, please list  them here, along with your role(s): 

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 

What types of skills would you be bringing to our board? Check those that apply: 

◻ Board development ◻ Strategic planning ◻ Human Resources ◻ Program development 

◻ Financial management

 ◻ Fundraising 

◻ Evaluation 

◻ Community networking 

◻ Training 

◻ Marketing 

◻ Volunteer management

 ◻ Creative practices

Other skill(s) that you would like us to know about? ___________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 

If you join the Board, you agree that you can dedicate at least 5 – 10 hours each month for attendance at Board and Committee meetings and events, and that you do not have any personal  conflict-of-interest in participating on the Board. 

Your signature: _____________________________________ Date:______________________  

If you are not selected as a member of the Board, or if you decide not to join, would you like to be a volunteer to assist our organization in various ways that match your skills and interests? 

◻ Yes ◻ No ◻ Perhaps

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