Welcome to the Board Matching Service
This process is for not for profit community groups wishing to advertise a board of trustee position (Board Vacancy) and / or for people that are interested to be on a board (Board Candidates).
Advertise a board position
This process is for community groups, wishing to advertise a board of trustee vacancy.
You can tell us about your organisation and your vacancy by filling in the form below. You will also be asked for a contact name, telephone number and email address. These details will remain confidential to us and will only be used to verify your post or to notify you of a potential applicant.
Click “Submit board vacancy” when you have finished filling in the form. The details will be sent to the Vacancies page for listing usually within 24 hours – sometimes quicker. Then you will be notified by email if an individual expresses an interest in your board vacancy and it is up to you to make contact.
You will be notified by email if an individual expresses an interest in your board vacancy and it is then up to you to make contact.
You should ensure that normal screening procedures are undertaken to gauge the suitability of the candidate. Click here for a list of help sheets that can help guide your recruitment and selection processes.
Your vacancy will remain “live” on the Board Matching Service website for two months, unless you ask us to keep it current for longer. You can remove the position at any time by emailing email@example.com
Please note that the Board Vacancies Page is offered as a free service to help individuals and community groups make connections and build better boards. Neither the boards/ councils or committees listing vacancies, nor the individuals expressing an interest in those vacancies, are endorsed by SociaLink.
Type of board position, eg Chair, secretary, board member
Area of expertise you need
Board meeting frequency
A person who can be contacted to discuss the position
Please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Candidates Page
This page is for people expressing an interest to sit on a board of trustees in the not for profit sector in Tauranga and / or Western Bay of Plenty.
You can tell us about experience, areas of interest and which roles you are available for. The details will be sent to the Board Candidate page for listing, usually within 24 hours – normally a whole lot quicker. You will be notified by email if an organisation expresses an interest in your candidacy and we will put you in touch. You can also have a look which positions are currently available on the ‘Board Vacancies’ page.
Your candidacy will remain “live” on the ‘Board Candidates’ page unless you ask us to remove it by emailing email@example.com.
Please note that the Board Candidates page is offered as a free service to help individuals connect with not for profit community groups to build better boards. Neither the boards/councils/committees listing vacancies, nor the individuals expressing an interest to become a board member are endorsed by SociaLink.
Please send the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name and contact details
Your areas of expertise
Your experience (if any) in governance
Areas you are interested in, eg: Arts, animal welfare, disability,Māori, youth etc
Board role you may be interested in: eg Chair, secretary, treasurer, board member
Anything about your self that a board may be interested in.
Finding a board position that is right for you
Just like people, community groups come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some are small. Some have large and diverse memberships, others have a narrow focus and a small, restricted membership. There are sporting groups and arts groups and lobby groups and disability groups and multicultural groups and women’s groups and animal welfare groups . Finding a good match is of utmost importance for aspiring board members as it will most likely determine the quality – or otherwise – of your board experience.
Is board service right for you?
Your first point to ponder is whether or not you should be joining a board at all.
Joining a board can be an immensely rewarding experience, but it can also be a hard and thankless task. Before you sign yourself up, you need to be aware of what you’re signing up to and you need to make an honest assessment of whether you’re willing and/or able to make the required contribution and commitment.
What do you want out of your board service?
A key step in determining what sort of group is right for you is to work out what it is that you want out of your board service. If you want a hands-on role, for example, there’s no point joining a board of a large organisation with a bevy of paid staff to take care of all the day-to-day tasks. If you want to share or build on industry skills you already have, you should be looking for groups that require those services. Think about your motivations and what you expect in return for your contribution.
- Do you want an intimate, hands-on role or a more bird’s eye, hands-off role?
- Do you want to expand your existing skills or develop new skills that could help in your career?
- Do you want to add another facet to existing interests, or develop new areas of interest?
- Do you want to learn more about a particular issue?
- Do you want to fix a problem or shake things up?
- Do you want to make connections and expand your networks?
- Do you want to meet new people and expand your social life?
- Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate?
- Do you want to give yourself more to do or keep yourself busy?
Finding a size that fits
Once you have decided that you are indeed ready and prepared to take on a board role, and you know what you want from your service, your next step is to find the right group. There are all sorts of considerations you will need to take into account in your search.
(Note: You should not confine your search to just one group or one area of interest – not all boards will have vacancies at the same time and not all will fit your needs and desires for board service.)
Matching your interests
Obviously you don’t just want to join just any old board, but one whose focus, mission and direction you support. Joining a board that matches your interests will help to ensure that you stay engaged, energised and focused.
A good place to start in finding the right group is to look at the groups you are already involved with – it could be your child’s kindergarten/playgroup/school/university, your tennis club, the tree planting group that worked on the park near your home, a lobby group that is involved in a cause you support, the education centre where you learned to make mosaics, the group that delivers meals to your elderly parents, and so on. Practically every group you come into contact with will have some sort of board or committee overseeing its activities and most will be happy to receive an offer of an extra set of hands or an extra voice.
You could also consider seeking out groups that match interests you would like to develop further. Maybe you would like to become more involved with animal welfare issues, or disability issues, or sporting issues, to take just three examples. SociaLink has a directory of community groups that you can search by name or area of interest. It’s available online here.
Our Board Matching Service, where you can see current board vacancies, is another avenue to consider when finding the right group. The Matching Service is online here.
Tapping into the lifecycle
All community groups go through a process of development, and it is important for prospective board members to decide whether or not a particular group is a good “fit” for them. A recently formed group may have all sorts of start-up issues and teething problems to confront. There will be policies to write, directions to decide upon, missions to articulate, staff to hire, incorporation documents to file and any number of other chores to complete. Such a group may be more time consuming than one that has been going for some time and has tried and true processes in place.
Even long-established groups can be very time consuming if they are undertaking a change of focus or restructure.
On the other hand, getting involved in a new or transitional group can pay huge dividends as you watch and contribute to the building of something special. While challenging, these groups can offer a greater sense of achievement than would be obtained by overseeing a group that is humming away happily.
When it comes to finding a community group board that’s right for you, size can and should matter. Just like you need to find a group that’s in the right stage of its lifecycle, you also need to find one that’s the right size. This will depend on what you want from your board experience – for example, a hands-on role that may be afforded by a small group with no staff, versus a more bird’s eye view of a larger and more structured group. You also need to consider how much responsibility you are willing to take on (do you mind answering phones or doing the banking? Would you be happy to oversee a large, complicated budget?).
Similarly, it may be useful to look at the size of the prospective group’s board, i.e. how many members it has. Having a large board makes it easier to share the workload but if there is not much work to go around, you may find yourself with nothing to do. Large boards can also be difficult to organise – scheduling a meeting for six people is much easier than trying to find a time that will suit 15 or 20 board members. Conversely, a small board may demand a lot of your attention but be a lot less unwieldy.
Filling a gap
The most useful board member is one who fills an unmet need in an existing group. Many groups are crying out for people who are good with numbers and could whip their budgets into order, others are looking for people who are good with words and could revamp their newsletter, or who have great networks or industry contacts that might swing a bit of funding the group’s way.
Think carefully about exactly what you have to offer – your talents, abilities, qualifications, passions, contacts, and so on – and look for a group that is in need of your skills or expertise.