ACAS Member of the Board of Directors
Job Description and Expectations
To provide leadership, sound governance to the organization, and represent it to the community, other stakeholders, and the public, and to accept the fiduciary responsibility (e.g. ultimate legal authority) of the organization in its affairs.
Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based
organization that provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and South East Asian Canadian communities in Ontario. These programs are based on proactive, holistic, collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory approach to education.
General Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:
To support the missions, goals, objectives and philosophies of ACAS.
To respect and uphold ethics of confidentiality.
To commit to training on any important issues to the agency.
To attend all board meetings whenever possible.
To Chair and participate in ACAS committees as required.
To represent ACAS of its mission and vision, from time to time at events and functions.
To avoid and clarify any potential conflicts of interest, and to oversee such matters in a lawful and ethical manner.
To oversee ACAS’s fundraising initiatives.
Specific Functions of the Board of Directors:
Planning and Goals
Annual assessments and reviews of external trends and environment in regards to current initiatives pertaining to ACAS core program,
Strategic plan creation, implementation, and evaluation of current programs including potential new ones,
Review results of ACAS work in meeting its goals.
Assess, review, monitor, appraise, support, and when necessary, change the top management.
Conduct a Performance Review of top management.
Match strategic goals with internal or required capacity building.
Endeavour to maintain a full roster for Board of Directors.
Annually assess Board capacity, skills, experience, and areas for development according to an Annual Board Development plan.
Endeavour for a secure financial structure in the short term and long term.
Approve major actions of the organization, such as capital expenditures, major program changes, or service changes.
Ensure compliance with all relevant Laws and Regulations concerning the Agency.
Annually approve, in good knowledge, the Agency’s audit for submission at the Annual General Meeting.
Ensure published reports reflect the honest operating and financial condition of the organization.
From the ACAS By-Laws (2010)
According to s.4.3, Former ACAS staff may submit candidacy for the Board one year
after their last day of employment. Similarly former Board Members may submit their
candidacy for ACAS employment one year after their last day on the Board.
According to s.4.4, Candidates and Directors shall:
Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
Be a Member* in good standing;
Be nominated and elected or appointed as specifically provided by these bylaws;
Be required to perform work and services for ACAS in accordance with the ACAS principles, by-laws, the Corporations Act; and
Not be in undischarged bankrupt nor be declared as a person of unsound mind
who has been found so by a court in Canada or elsewhere.
Have been, for at least two (2) months prior to the date of the election, a
According to s.7.1, all candidates and Board Members shall be voting members of
ACAS, that being a self-identified East or South East Asian person by culture or
Further, candidates should have and/or be willing to learn:
Governance skills: accountability, liability, policy, vision, organization structure and
Personnel management: organizational human resource planning, labour legislation, performance appraisals, board staff roles and relations, conflict resolution.
Financial management: fiscal planning, budgeting, reporting and auditing.
Program: outreach, community development, AIDS education and support, evaluation.
Public relations: government and community relations, advocacy and networking skills, marketing, and communications skills.
Fundraising: funding application, donors’ relation, and fundraising events.
HIV/AIDS education, therapy, or treatment skills.
Length of Term:
According to ACAS By-Laws s.4.3.C (2010), Directors may serve a two year term. Directors may only serve a maximum of three terms, or six years.
Meetings and Time Commitment:
The Board meets once every 4-6 weeks for 2-3 hours, more often if required.
Board meeting preparation and meeting work requires 1-2 hours for every meeting.
ACAS Committee meeting and time commitments vary depending on the committee and the activities of the committee. All Board Members must sit on at least one ACAS Committee.
Time commitments are increased for Executive Committee members.
From time to time Board Members will represent ACAS at formal functions and events including galas, fundraisers, community events, meetings, and annual general meetings of other organizations. The time commitment will vary.
Generally, Board Members should expect a 10 hour work commitment per month, on average.
Applications will be reviewed by a nominations committee to determine interest.
Successful applicants will be interviewed by a nominations committee.
Applicants submit themselves to election at the Annual General Meeting during the last week of September, 2013
The voting members of ACAS will select which candidates are successful.
Questions and Contact:
Chair of the Board Recruitment Committee,
RE: OFFICIAL INVITATION TO ATTEND ACAS BOARD MEETING
Dear Board Candidates,
On behalf of the Board Recruitment Committee, I would like to personally thank you for your interest in joining ACAS Board of Directors. As a Chair of the committee, I am pleased to extend the board’s invitation to all potential candidates to attend our next board meeting.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a meeting room at Toronto Police Main Office , 40 College St. We will meet at the lobby first at 5:20 p.m.
Please be advised that while it is not mandatory for your candidacy, your attendance is strongly recommended to familiarize yourself with our board, its work, as well as its culture, in ensuring ACAS’ well-being. It will also be a good opportunity for you to meet with our current board members should you have any questions that you might have for the board.
Dinner will be served prior to the meeting. In order to ensure that all attendees are counted for, kindly RSVP your attendance with Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp at (416) 963-
4300 ext. 227 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. Monday, September 2.
Thank you for your attention in this matter, and we are looking forward to welcoming you at our meeting.
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Giovanni Temansja, BOARD VICE CHAIR
Chair, Board Selection Committee
Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)
CC. Board Secretary