Vital Communities Seeks New Board Members

Vital Communities
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Organization Description
Vital Communities seeks new board members who share our commitment to inclusive, equitable, and long-term community engagement that cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. With 19 full- and part-time staff, a $2.7 million budget, and a service area covering 69 towns in NH and VT, we work with partners to lead projects in the areas of climate, economic resilience, energy, farming, food security, housing, leadership training, early childhood education, and transportation. We are actively seeking to diversify our Board as part of our commitment to identify, include, engage, and connect with residents of all ages, genders, races, cultures, faiths, abilities, professions, documentation status, income levels, sexual orientation, and geographic locations within our Upper Valley service area. Previous Board experience is not required. Former staff who have worked at Vital Communities after January 1, 2019, are ineligible. We welcome people from any part of our region to apply; we are especially looking for candidates that live and/or work in communities not currently represented on our board. We are especially in need of board members with finance experience.
Organization's Approach to Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion

Vital Communities is led by the following Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Guiding Principles:
1. Hold ourselves accountable for our impact as we establish, strengthen, and heal community relationships.
2. Advance systems, practices, and policies that are just, both internally and externally.
3. Practice continual growth by slowing down, showing up with integrity, testing alternatives to the status quo, and listening to and trusting perspectives that challenge our own.
4. Work collaboratively to foster inclusive and welcoming communities where all individuals have access to the resources and community support they need to live and thrive.
5. Strive to act in close reciprocity with and respect for the land, climate, and natural ecosystems.

Board Terms and Term Limits
Board members serve in a volunteer capacity for two- or three-year terms starting on July 1, 2024.
Frequency & Duration of Board Meetings
The board holds six 2-hour meetings per year.
Stipends for Board Membership
Reimbursement for mileage and other expenses is available, and orientation and training are provided.
If Interested, Send Letter of Interest to the Following Point of Contact:
Gabrielle Smith
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