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CCHR Board Recruitment

The Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR) is seeking candidates for a number of positions on its voluntary Board of Directors, beginning in September 2024. Directors serve two-year terms.

About CCHR:

CCHR is Canada’s leading not-for-profit charity in advancing the right to housing through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

At CCHR:

We advance the right to housing for all

CCHR has been at the forefront of national and international discussions to advance the right to housing since 1987, earning widespread respect for its work. We believe that by working with partners and communities across the country, our research, advocacy and strategic litigation can influence the development of progressive, rights-based housing policy.

We transform lives through education and empowerment

CCHR reaches thousands of individuals, service providers and housing providers across Canada each year, informing them about the right to housing and what they can do to advance it. We believe in the transformative power of education and empowerment and know that understanding rights and how to activate them is a necessary first step to building a culture of human rights in housing.

We speak up when we see injustice

CCHR fights for the right to housing across Canada by advocating unapologetically on behalf of the people and communities we serve. We bring attention to issues of housing injustice and believe in the power of human rights law and rights-based advocacy to advance housing justice for all. 

Board of Directors Search

CCHR is currently recruiting for a number of qualified and committed Board members who are willing to contribute their time and expertise to our dynamic and dedicated team. As an organization, CCHR is expanding its strategic focus and adapting to meet the demands of housing rights head on.

Professional Skills  

For several of the positions that CCHR is recruiting for, the Board is prioritizing candidates who have one or more of the following:

·     Experience in finance / small business accounting (e.g., knowledge of financial reporting and accounting principles; an accounting designation is not required, but would be an asset)

·     Proven experience in governance, compliance, and risk management, demonstrating a strong understanding of identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks within a non-profit context

·     Extensive background in human resources, including expertise in HR policies, talent acquisition / retention, employee relations, and organizational development

·     Experience fundraising for growing charities, foundations or civil service organizations

·     Experience and knowledge of not-for-profit operations and management

and who are excited to take on leadership roles within the Board and/or its committees.

General Skills

In addition to the above professional skills, CCHR welcomes candidates who demonstrate:

·     A strong interest in CCHR’s mission and objectives

·     A prior track record of dedication to board work

·     A commitment to supporting CCHR’s fundraising activities

·     Knowledge of board governance

·     Financial acuity

Diversity

At CCHR, we believe that a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of the clients and communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission. We strongly encourage applicants of all genders, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, religion, and with a range of life experiences to apply including those with lived experience of homelessness or housing precarity.

Commitment

CCHR’s board currently meets on a monthly basis, with the exception of July and August, and the AGM is held in September.

Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month for 3 hours via video and audio conferencing.

Directors serve on one of CCHR’s standing committees (finance, governance and fundraising), which meet quarterly, and contribute to ad hoc committees that are formed from time-to-time on an as-needed basis. Directors are also expected to contribute to CCHR’s fundraising initiatives and to draw upon their networks in support of the organization’s work.

The total average monthly time commitment is 5-10 hours, depending on a Director’s position.

New directors will be expected to participate in Director orientation, which will include an overview of CCHR’s strategic plan.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by submitting a CV and a statement of interest that describes the key attributes they would contribute to the CCHR Board.

Applications should be submitted before 5 p.m. on April 1, 2024 via email to opportunities@housingrightscanada.com with the subject line “Application – Board of Directors”.

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by mid-April, with interviews held in the second half of the month in the evenings.

CCHR is committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the application process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

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