Who Are We?
CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals is a charity dedicated to addressing economic and social barriers affecting black youth (18-29 years). We offer programs to improve their careers, education, and empowerment (CEE) that are holistic, person-centred, and culturally relevant. Based in Toronto, we work to strengthen the social service sector in the city by providing training in areas of responsive programming, trauma-informed care and cultural competence to front-line workers.
The Work We Do
It is our goal to ensure that those furthest from the labor market are being brought closer to employment, be provided with the opportunities required to ensure that they can excel as well as, become active and engaging members of our society. Our programs specifically focus on sectors that will provide black youth with employment opportunities and these are based on employment trends. CEE has been a unique organization in continuously addressing systemic injustices, especially during 2020 with the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board of Directors is the governing body and legal authority of CEE. As a member of the Board of Directors, a Board Member acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance, strategic direction and oversight of the organization.
CEE is actively seeking up to 3 Black Board Members, one of whom can act as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. We are a working Board and are looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of our Black youth.
Requirements of Board membership include:
- Commitment to the vision, mission, values and work of the organization.
- Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board Governance and Policy, Finance, Fundraising, Law and Compliance, Marketing and Fundraising, oversight and monitoring, and community engagement.
- Willingness to serve on and attend meetings of committees.
- Willingness to participate in Finance and Audit Committee Meetings.
- Attendance at monthly and other Board meetings.
- Attendance at Annual General Meetings and other meetings of the membership.
- Support for CEE and related events.
Additional Requirements for Finance Chair
- University Degree and CPA or equivalent
- Experience as a member of a Finance Committee of an NFP Board
Term of Office
Board Members are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Board Members serve for a two-year term for up to three consecutive terms.
A Board Member is fully informed on organizational matters and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of governance of CEE.
The Board Member will:
- Act in the best interest of the organization.
- Govern, not manage, the organization.
- Contribute to defining the strategic directions of the organization.
- Determine and monitor the organization’s programs and services.
- Ensure needed resources for the organization, including adequate funding.
- Approve, monitor, and follow all Board policies.
- Review the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, and recommend bylaw changes to the membership.
- Become familiar with the agency’s reporting requirements (to funders, to the Canadian government)
- Abide by the bylaws and the various policies and procedures of the organization.
- Approve and monitor CEE’s budget.
- Approve the hiring and release of the Executive Director.
- Delegate appropriately to the Executive Director and evaluate their performance.
- Support and participate in evaluating the Executive Director.
- Elect Board executives and periodically review their performance.
- Attend, be prepared for, and participate in Board, committee and related meetings.
- Participate in and contribute to the operation of CEE’s Finance and Audit Committee.
- Support, contribute and/or participate in all CEE fundraising initiatives.
- Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members, and community to achieve CEE’s mission.
A Board Member’s performance is evaluated annually based on the performance of assigned Board requirements and duties.