August 2, 2018
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT)
Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is a local non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County. We encourage action, coordinate action, and take action on climate change. Recent projects have focused on reducing local emission of climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions. With that goal in mind, we have worked extensively with local governments, businesses and non-profits, including work with the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, and Thurston County, on their recent commitment to a regional climate action plan. Earlier this year, TCAT received a two-year grant to improve communication, coordination, and collaboration among local grass-roots groups that work on climate change and related issues. We have also inherited from the local Economic Development Council an energy efficiency program and are in the process of renewing and expanding that effort. Learn more at https://www.thurstonclimateaction.org/
TCAT is currently recruiting for three (3) positions on its volunteer Board of Directors.
Advocacy, Environmental Protection, Public Policy
The Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) board comprises leaders from local government, higher education, health care, financial services, and consulting who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Serving on the Thurston Climate Action Team’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about protecting our region from the worst effects of climate change while promoting clean energy and other solutions which contribute to the vibrancy and health of our communities.
Board members are expected to have the financial acumen to read and understand TCAT’s financial statements and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
Board members are expected to attend twelve two-hour board meetings per year. They are expected to read board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.
Board members are expected to serve on one or more committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.
Board members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the development committee and staff identify and solicit potential funders.
Board members are expected to bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns related to climate change, the local economy, various sectors of the Thurston County population, public health needs, social justice concerns, and the interconnection among these issues, to board discussions and decision making. Board members are expected to represent TCAT responsibly to their respective communities and to advocate for TCAT’s mission, programs, and services as appropriate.
Board terms last for three years and board members can serve for up to three consecutive terms.
Desired Skills and Expertise
We are especially interested in diverse leaders with expertise in Fundraising and Community Outreach.
The following profiles describe in further detail these two areas of expertise. TCAT’s interest in board members is not limited to those who fit one or both of these profiles.
TCAT seeks an individual experienced in fundraising who has planned and implemented fundraising strategies and campaigns to support an organization’s core mission. We seek a board leader to help cultivate the board’s leadership role in fundraising in support of staff as part of a broader commitment to increase financial support for our mission. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training.
Community Outreach Professional
TCAT seeks an well-connected community leader who is passionate about addressing climate change locally and can leverage his/her networks and resources in support of efforts to positively impact the policy environment in which TCAT does its work. We are especially interested in an individual with local and regional connections to communities of color and low-income communities. The ideal board candidate should have prior nonprofit board member experience or have received formal board training.
To Apply for Board Membership:
If you are interested in helping the Board continue its leadership on climate action in Thurston County, submit a cover letter and one-page summary of your relevant experience and education to Tom Crawford, Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.