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Board Member Job Description

Mission The mission of PEPS is to enable parents of infants and young children to build communities that empower them to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and sharing of information.

Board of Directors Job Description

How to Apply:

Questions? Call PEPS at 206-547-8570 or email

Responsibilities The PEPS Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance and sets policies to ensure PEPS is run effectively, legally, and ethically. These policies are the directives for our Executive Director, who is responsible for implementing them and for managing the organization and staff. The PEPS Board has a fiduciary responsibility and oversees all activities of the agency, sets long range goals for the growth and development of PEPS, approves the annual budget, secures adequate funds to support programs, and ensures that those funds are spent responsibly.

Board Members should be willing and normally able to:

  • Commit to a 3-year board term.
  • Attend all Board meetings, plus special events such as the Board Retreat and Annual Benefit Luncheon.
  • Serve on 1 Board Committee and/or Task Force/Working Group, and carry out related responsibilities.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings.
  • Be informed about the PEPS mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Make PEPS a philanthropic priority and make an annual, personally significant gift that reflects that priority.
  • Participate in fund development activities, including hosting a table at the Annual Luncheon.
  • Serve as a PEPS ambassador and introduce PEPS to own circle(s) of influence.
    Follow conflict of interest, ethics, and confidentiality guidelines.



  • A passion for the PEPS mission, vision, and goals, and a commitment to the new strategic focus on social justice and increasing the access of all families to PEPS programs.
  • Proven track record of working in and/or directing teams and willingness to take on leadership roles.
  • Experience in at least 1 relevant area: non-profit governance, early childhood development, mental health, fund development, advocacy, strategic planning, IT, organizational development, change/growth management, program development and expansion, finance/accounting and law.
  • Prior board experience is highly desirable.


Time Commitment: Members are elected to a 3-year term (renewable for 3 additional 1-year terms). Each Member should be prepared to invest about 10 - 15 hours per month, typically:

  • 3 hours to prepare for and attend Board meetings (10-11 per year)
  • 5-6 hours for committee work (per committee)
  • 2-4 hours for special tasks, meetings, events, and fund development activities, such as the Annual Board Retreat or recruitment of Annual Luncheon guests.


Philanthropic commitment:

PEPS Board Members will consider PEPS a philanthropic priority and make an annual, personally significant gift that reflects that priority. In order to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, PEPS expects that 100% of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. If possible, we ask that Board Members join the PEPS Sustainer Circle, making a 3-year financial commitment of $1,500 or more annually (installment payments possible). Board Members are also expected to participate in fund development activities that may include: recommendation of potential major donors and/or corporate partners, recruitment of Luncheon guests motivated and able to financially support PEPS, and participation in cultivation and stewardship activities.



The PEPS Board of Directors is a highly functioning team, offering a thorough onboarding process for each new Member including 5 core training sessions (Board 101, PEPS 101, Finance 101, Culture of Philanthropy 101, and Leadership 101).


How to apply:

Questions: Please contact us at


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