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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – BOARD TREASURER

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking a talented individual with an interest in nonprofit financial management to fill the position of Board Treasurer.

WHO WE ARE:  The Environmental Health Strategy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy.  We have two program areas that operate within the State of Maine and nationally. Our Environmental Health Program prevents cancer, learning disabilities and other harm by advocating chemical policy reforms to replace dangerous chemicals in everyday products. Our Sustainable Economy Program spurs job creation and a healthy economy by promoting demand for and production of safer alternatives, such as biobased plastic made from Maine forest resources. We have a staff of eight and offices in Portland and Bangor. Our ten member Board of Directors includes philanthropic, community, and scientific leaders.  

SEEKING BOARD TREASURER: We are currently seeking a motivated individual to join our board as Treasurer, as the incumbent wishes to step back from an officer role. The Strategy Center has an annual budget of approximately $1 million, with funding derived primarily from grants, contracts, and individual contributions (we do not currently have an endowment or other investments). We have a contract bookkeeper and management staff with experience in nonprofit finances, and are looking for a Treasurer who can provide review and critical evaluation of our financial reports and operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing monthly financial reports provided by staff.
  • Participating on the Board’s Executive Committee, which meets by phone as needed (currently monthly).
  • Regularly report to board on key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessments of fiscal health.
  • Leading the board in review and approval of the annual budget.
  • Representing the board in our annual audit process.
  • Leading the board in discussion of major financial policy decisions.

Additional expectations of all board members include:

  • Regularly attend quarterly board meetings and special events as able.
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the organization that is personally significant.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization’s mission and activities and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Represent the organization publicly in a positive manner, serving as an ambassador for the organization's work and values to the community.
  • Help the organization understand and reach diverse communities and grow its membership.
  • Participate in long-term strategic planning and review annual program plans to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission and ability to sustain operations.
  • Work with the staff to help develop financial resources to ensure organizational sustainability.
  • Set procedures and policies to ensure that the organization is organized and managed in an accountable, fair and systematic manner and in compliance with applicable law.

Qualifications

  • Understanding of and interest in financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Passion for issues surrounding environmental health, safer products, and green economic development.
  • Belief in the power of the government to protect consumers and improve our lives.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email the Strategy Center’s Deputy Director Patrick MacRoy at pmacroy [at] preventharm.org.

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Volunteer opportunities with the Strategy Center include: 

Office: Help with data entry, mailings, and general office tasks. 

Outreach and Education: Help plan and prepare for events, identify new events and education opportunities, and assist with presentations to community organizations.  

Political Action: Collect petition signatures for advocacy campaigns, contact supporters, help plan and prepare for rallies and media events; meet with decision-makers about environmental health concerns. 

Writing and Research: Write letters to the editor for local newspapers, read and write about environmental health news and consumer safety tips, write blog posts, and collect personal stories. 

Photography and Media: Document events by taking photos or video that can be used for online and print materials.

Please contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call 207.699.5795 to talk about how you can get involved. 

Are you interested in exploring a career in public health, social justice, or environmental health? Each year, the Strategy Center seeks talented, hardworking, passionate interns for our summer team.

Summer interns work on local and national campaigns to protect communities from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, asthma, and other health problems. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative, science-based policy organization to build skills in community organizing, advocacy, and communications.

 The application window for internship opportunities is generally between January and March.  For more information, contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call us at 207.699.5795.