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Organization:
MicroLoan Foundation USA
Job Title: Board Director
Job Type:
Volunteer
City:
Boston
State:
Massachusetts
Job Search Ends:
December 31st, 2021
Organization's Website:

Mission statement:

The MicroLoan Foundation (MLF) is an international development organization that reduces poverty and inequality, and empowers women, by providing financial literacy training, business mentoring, and microfinance services to impoverished women living in remote rural areas in sub-Saharan African countries.  MLF operates a network of ~30 branch office locations in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Since 2002, MLF has provided over 240,000 women with training and loan capital to start their own businesses.  As a result, an estimated 950,000 children in their care have been given the chance of an education and the opportunity of a better future, enabling MLF to positively impact more than 1.2 million people.

MicroLoan Foundation USA, (MLF USA) is the US-based arm of MLF, with the primary focus of raising awareness and funding for MLF operations in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Position Details:

Board Member Position and Responsibilities:

As a member of the Board of Directors of the MicroLoan Foundation USA, (MLF USA) you will bring your expertise to assist MLF USA in scaling operations to the national level.

You will:

  • Be an ambassador and represent MLF USA's values within the larger community and within business/professional circles.
  • Actively support and promote MLF USA’s mission, vision, strategic goals and policy positions.
  • Regularly post MLF USA content and updates on social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram) to raise awareness.
  • Be willing to fundraise on behalf of MLF USA, as well as introduce MLF USA to your circle of friends, family and professional contacts.
  • Recognize that as a Board member you will be accountable for the financial stability and future of MLF USA.
  • Be comfortable making an annual personal gift to MLF USA.
  • Be able to give 5-10 hours of your time per month to work on behalf of MLF USA.
  • Attend 2-4 Board meetings per year, ideally in person [meetings are likely to take place in/near Boston or New York].
  • Attend monthly operational board calls to review and direct board activities.

Organizational Structure

MLF USA is managed by a volunteer board of experienced professionals and is led by a Chairman of the Board.

Qualifications and experience requirements:

  • Marketing, social media, PR/communication, marketing analytics and/or fundraising to support expanding awareness of MLF’s work and mission, and/or
  • Fundraising experience / know-how, and/or
  • Personal / professional networks to help broaden awareness and support fundraising. 
  • Applicants with experience serving on the Board of Directors of a U.S. non-profit and a demonstrated history of effective fundraising preferred.
  • Applicants should have 8-10+ years of work experience, preferably in a management role.  
  • Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding financial literacy, microfinance, gender inequality, and international development would be helpful but not a requirement.
  • An interest and ability to travel to Malawi / Zambia / Zimbabwe (self-funded) and visit the work on the ground would be a plus.
  • Ideally, candidates will be located in the Greater Boston / NE area, but other US locations will be considered.

Benefits:

  • Working with a Board of Directors passionate about our mission in Africa.
  • Knowledge that our work in the USA is enabling some of the poorest women in the world to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a resume, with cover letter to:Steve@microloanfoundationusa.org.

You will then be sent an MLF USA application form to complete.

If you would like more information about MLF USA and the Board of Directors position, please contact Steve Mark, Board Chair, at 617-816-5637 or Steve@microloanfoundationusa.org.

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