Civic Engagement Positions

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Vermont Women's Fund
The Vermont Women's Fund is a philanthropic resource dedicated to advancing gender equity and justice in Vermont. We are a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The Vermont Women's Fund council determines our annual grant process - distributing funds of $300,000+ - to nonprofit organizations that provide essential services, and career training and opportunities for women and girls. We also support organizations that seek to challenge root causes of inequity and revolutionize systems of oppression.
Humane Society of Chittenden County
FOUNDATIONAL BELIEF & MISSION STATEMENT We at the Humane Society of Chittenden County believe that supporting, strengthening and sustaining the bonds between people and pets improves the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our mission is to ensure that every pet has a loving home and that every pet owner has access to the resources they need to give those pets happy, healthy lives. We accomplish this through: • Surrender prevention services and programs • Sheltering homeless & unwanted pets • Timely efforts to place each animal in a responsible, caring home • Asisting law enforcement with animal cruelty investigations • Humane education for youth and adults • Feral cat colony management (TNR) • Providing low cost medical care through our Community Pet Clinic Founded in 1901, HSCC has been serving both animals and people for over 120 years. The original facility was built by June & Herb Davis, considered the modern-day founders of HSCC, but was outgrown by the late 1990’s. Our current facility was completed in October of 2002 with 12,000 square feet of animal care and adoption space, where we take in over 1,300 animals each year and welcome as many as 20,000 visitors annually. The majority of the animals at HSCC are cats and dogs, but we also provide care and services for small animals such as rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs. HSCC receives no state or federal funding and, in addition to our earned revenue from adoptions, we rely on charitable support to meet the needs of the animals in the Chittenden and Grand Isle communities and support our 1.5 million dollar budget. HSCC is a private, independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding. We are not affiliated with any national organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States. We rely solely on the limited revenue generated by our programs and fees, and on the tremendous generosity of our community. In fact, the majority of our annual revenue comes from charitable giving! We serve Vermont’s most populated county, Chittenden, as well as Grand Isle County. Our board is comprised of 15 dedicated and talented individuals who support our mission and strategic direction.
Vermont Commission on Women
The Senate Committee on Committees is seeking applicants for an appointment to the Vermont Commission on Women. The Vermont Commission on Women is an independent non-partisan state government commission, governed by 16 Commissioners with the mission of advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls in Vermont. You can learn more at Applications are due Monday December 5th. Apply at:
State of Vermont
The Environmental Justice Advisory Council was created by Act 154 to provide independent advice and recommendations related to environmental justice to Vermont state government, including the integration of environmental justice principles into State programs, policies, regulations, legislation, and activities. The Council will also evaluate the potential for disproportionate environmental burdens or benefits as a result of State actions. The Advisory Council will have the administrative, technical, and legal assistance of the Agency of Natural Resources. The Senate Committee on Committees is seeking the following applicants for the council: • one representative of municipal government • one representative of a social justice organization • one representative of mobile home park residents The House Speaker is seeking to the following applicants for the council: • one individual who resides in a census block group that is designated as an environmental justice focus population. • one representative of an organization working on food security issues • one representative of immigrant communities in Vermont • one representative of a statewide environmental organization Applications for the Committee on Committee openings can be submitted at Applications for the Speaker of the House openings can be submitted at
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, now celebrating its 45th year, promotes and supports healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Our programs and trainings are committed to inclusivity in concept, language and action. Our Board, about 15 members, is seeking greater diversity as we invite new members with expertise in budget, marketing, research in our field, and lived experience. We are truly statewide and also operate nationally and internationally. We use technology to train and deliver live interactive programs and training.
VLITE - Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity
Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity - VLITE is a public benefit nonprofit corporation that was created by the Public Service Board as part of the merger of Green Mountain Power and CVPS. One of VLITE's responsibilities is to name three independent directors to the VELCO board that will represent the public good. The VELCO board has thirteen seats most of which are filled by electric utility nominees. VLITE's nominees are meant to bring a broader perspective to the VELCO board. So background in the electric sector is NOT a requirement for a VLITE-nominee. The successful candidate should be able to actively participate and learn complex subject matter. Professional experience, board experience, public service, and life experience can all contribute towards qualifying. This link goes to the announcement and instructions on how to apply. -
Vermont Board of Medical Practice
The Vermont Board of Medical Practice licenses and regulates the practice of medicine in Vermont by physicians (MDs), physician assistants (PAs), podiatrists (DPMs), and other professions. The Board includes 9 MDs, a PA, a podiatrist, and six public members. The current opening is for a public member. Members attend two meetings per month. The majority of work for members consists of oversight of investigations of possible unprofessional conduct by licensees and deciding the resolution of cases.
Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is a partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the University of Vermont Extension. Its mission is ‘to lead citizens, businesses, and governments in understanding the value of urban and community forests and to promote civic responsibility for and participation in the stewardship of these resources for this and future generations.’ The 20-member Council works with the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program staff to advise on strategic direction and support program delivery. The roles and responsibilities of Council members can be found in the Council handbook (available upon request) and current membership can be found on our program website here: Members appointed to the Council represent a broad array of expertise, leadership, and points of view. The Council meets quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September, and December; meetings are typically a full day and held at varied locations across the state. Please note that this is an unpaid position. Commitments asked of members include: - Attend all quarterly meetings (2nd Wednesday of March, June, September, and December) - Attend the annual Vermont Arbor Day Conference (May) - Occasionally volunteer to review grants, award nominations, or resources in development - Provide occasional input on programming or resources via email when requested by staff. The Council is currently seeking an individual to join the 20-seat membership of statewide professionals and volunteers that guide and support the Urban & Community Forestry Program and its staff. To be considered for membership, please provide the following: - Name, affiliation, and contact information - Why you are interested in serving on the Council - What you feel you can contribute to the Council and the Program - Send the above information to by November 1st, 2022.
Vermont Parks Forever, the foundation for Vermont State Parks
Vermont Parks Forever (VPF) is the nonprofit foundation for Vermont’s 55 state parks. Founded in 2013, VPF enhances and protects the state parks by inspiring stewardship of natural places, providing innovative educational experiences, and improving access for those who would otherwise be unable to experience all the parks have to offer. A staff of 3 part-time employees work remotely to ensure the growth, success and impact of VPF’s main initiatives: Park Access Fund: Since 2016, Vermont Parks Forever provides free park passes to hundreds of Vermonters, including foster families, youth programs, front-line workers, those with developmental disabilities, BIPOC communities, new Americans, mental health clients and those with limited mobility, who face barriers to visiting and enjoying time in the parks. In 2022 over 5,500 free day visits were granted out to over 25 community partners and Vermonters in all 14 counties. Read more about park access here: Natural Connections: VPF believes in the importance of innovative education and invests annually in nature interpretation, programming and educational materials in Vermont State Parks. A multi-year public/private partnership with Vermont Parks Forever, Vermont State Parks, and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will launch the first Natural Connections nature center renovation in Groton, VT. The Groton renovation features museum-quality interactive learning opportunities highlighting Groton’s geology and its natural and cultural history. Groton’s nature center, which serves 7 area parks, will require no admission fee. Read more about Natural Connections here: VPF BOARD OF DIRECTORS The support of Board Members is critical to the success of VPF. The Board is made up of people who are passionate about the outdoors and providing access to the state park system. They bring their skills and experience to this small organization and are helping build a strong foundation for VPF's future. During their 3-year term, board members attend quarterly meetings and devote a couple hours a month to furthering VPF’s mission and/or participating on a committee. Applications from BIPOC individuals, women, and members of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged and VPF staff members are happy to answer any questions from interested applicants. Thank you for your consideration!
CCTV Center for Media + Democracy
CCTV Center for Media & Democracy has board openings for inquiring minds, activists, and leaders who want to bring their mission and skills to help good ideas spread like wildfire across the democratic sky. Do you have an affinity for people-powered media? Are you willing to be a front-line champion? Do you like to work in groups to make change happen? Do risk and opportunity fire you up? Do you have specific skills in finance, governance, organizing, and/or community building? If so, we'd love to talk with you! CCTV Center for Media & Democracy was established in 1984 to mobilize public, educational, and government access cable TV. Since then, Vermont has developed 25 community media centers serving dozens of communities through TV and internet "channels." Over nearly 40 years, CCTV has pioneered many ways of building community through media -- from Town Meeting TV and CCTV Productions to Common Good Vermont and the Vermont Language Justice Project. During this transition from cable TV to internet delivery, we are looking for innovative and inspired Board members to help us diversify our revenue, including legislative support. This is an exciting time to join the Board!
Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Our mission is to empower community members to become lifelong learners by providing easy access to materials, online resources, programs and a welcoming place. We are a busy public library that is organized as an independent nonprofit. Our Board of Trustees purpose is to advise, govern, oversee policy and strategic direction, and to assist with the leadership and general promotion of the library. The leadership team is a co-directorship, a Library Director and a Nonprofit Director who oversee a staff of 12. You can find out more information about our board here:
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)
VBSR is a statewide, nonprofit business association with an enduring mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. Our diverse membership represents all sectors and geographic regions of Vermont - from sole proprietors to the largest employers in the state – and is united by a single vision: a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet. Individually and collectively, our network of 700 member businesses and organizations advances this vision through shared learning, community building, and collective action. For over 30 years, VBSR members have been changing the face of business. Our founders were innovators, proving that people-first, environmentally-minded, and community-oriented business practices create happier people, healthier communities, and prosperity for all. Now a network of thousands, VBSR members continue to be leaders, innovators, and influencers, with impact reaching far beyond the workplace: our members have shaped the Vermont brand, advanced leading-edge policy, and fueled the global social responsibility movement. The VBSR Board of Directors shapes the direction and future of VBSR by setting the vision, strategic plan, policies, and programs of the organization to best serve our mission. As leaders of the nation’s largest statewide business organization dedicated to socially responsible business, VBSR board members serve as ambassadors for and representatives of not only VBSR and our 700 members, but the values that are the basis of our collective vision: • People-Centered Workplaces • Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion • Environmental Sustainability • Prosperity for All • Community Vitality & Strong Local Economies The VBSR Board of Directors Jobs Description may be found here:
New England Center for Circus Arts
NECCA is the premiere circus training school in the US. We offer a world class professional program for aspiring performers, along with workshops and recreational classes for youth and adult students of all ages, levels, and abilities. The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is recruiting prospective board members. We seek board members who passionately support NECCA's mission and strategic plan. Ideal candidates want to volunteer their time to ensure that NECCA has what it needs to continue to fulfill the mission and strategic plan. Our Board of Directors is made up of 9 people drawn from the wider regional community and national circus community. Each member brings a particular expertise, as well as a general willingness to give their time, talent, and treasure - no matter how modest - to support NECCA's future. Board members are asked to commit to a 3 year term, attend monthly board meetings, and serve on at least 1 committee. If you are interested, please send an email by Oct. 1 indicating your interest and a copy of your CV/Resume to President of the Board, Elizabeth Wohl: MORE INFO:
The Community Restorative Justice Center of St. Johnsbury
The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit that strives to provide a link between city and town governments, law enforcement agencies and officers, schools, and citizens and neighborhoods to address issues of conflict and crime. Through education and involvement in restorative justice, conflict management and community dialogue, citizens share responsibility for a safe and healthy community and are engaged to restore relationships, repair harms and build community connections while employing the techniques of the Restorative Process. Some of the CRJC’s current programs include Community Re-entry/COSA, Transitional Housing, Court Diversion/RJ Panels, and Victim Services. These programs are supported primarily, by grants from the VT Department of Corrections and the Office of the Vermont Attorney General. The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc. (CRJC) of Saint Johnsbury is seeking a hard-working and dedicated professional to serve in a multi-year term as the Board Treasurer on the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the organization's financial activity and records that align with the policies and mission of the CRJC, as well as managing the Board’s review of, and action related to the Board’s financial responsibilities. The position is a great fit for someone who is exceptionally skilled at translating financial information to the Board of Directors, who understands the interests and needs of the community, and who will enjoy working with team members to contribute to the sustainability of the CRJC. The Board Treasurer reports to the Board President and the Executive Director. Individuals who are willing and able to dedicate time and energy to upholding the mission of CRJC are encouraged to apply.