Volunteer Openings


Objectives

The Rise Up Feminist Archive is recruiting up to eight (8) additional members to an expanded Board of Directors. Our objectives are to:

  • Strengthen the representation of diverse voices and communities in shaping the direction of Rise Up
  • Engage new members with the skills and experience needed to support our development and ensure future sustainability as an archive and website
  • Enhance representation across age groups and from regions outside Central Canada.
Background

Rise Up Feminist Archive is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with charitable status. Our mission is to preserve original materials representing the diverse and radical grassroots history of the Canadian Women’s Movement from the 1970s to 1990s and to make them accessible online to new generations of activists, students, and researchers. We strive to be inclusive of those whose involvement too often goes unacknowledged in mainstream narratives, including the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour, disabled women, immigrant women, and LGBTQ2S+ persons. Rise Up is also seeking representation on our board that reflects all the regions across Canada, as well as attracting multi-generational participation.

Working Board

The Board currently delegates its responsibilities for strategic planning and oversight to a Collective which meets monthly and operates with a consensus decision-making model. The work of the Collective is largely carried out through volunteer committees set up to look after areas such as website development and maintenance; finances; newsletters and social media; fundraising; equity, diversity and inclusivity; archival management; outreach; and educational resources. Working groups are also set up for special projects such as the Women Unite interviews.

Board members are expected to contribute between 15 and 20 hours per month to the organization and its work.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity

Rise Up Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

Rise Up is strongly committed to a process of assessment and transformation to address racism and other forms of oppression in our structures, archive, resources, and practises. As one step towards this, we are expanding the size of our Board so a larger and more diverse range of voices can be directly involved in leading our work. In particular, we encourage Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour, disabled women, immigrant women, and LGBTQ2S+ persons to join us and become involved.

Skills

Seeking Skills for a Sustainable Future

Rise Up continues to rely on a small core of volunteer Board members to build and manage an increasingly complex website and digital archive.  

To support our ongoing development and ensure future sustainability, Rise Up is seeking new and additional Board members with skills and experience in the following areas: 

Click link to access the description for each specific skill area.

Expectations

General Expectations for Board Members

  • Participation in monthly and special board and collective meetings which are held on Zoom or similar technology to facilitate regional representation. This includes:
    • Preparing for meetings
    • Reviewing organizational and programmatic reports
    • Overseeing development of policies and procedures
    • Providing organizational and strategic oversight and leadership
  • Direct involvement with the work of the Rise Up Archive through active membership in at least one of its committees
  • Support fundraising and outreach initiatives
  • Promoting Rise Up to other organizations, networks, and groups
  • Engagement with special projects and initiatives
Qualifications

General Qualifications

(in addition to skills sets described in each ad)

  • Experience and knowledge in one or more of the skills areas listed above
  • General knowledge of the Women’s Movement, its organizations, and accomplishments
  • Awareness of issues of gender equality, intersectionality, diversity, and inclusivity

Assets

  • Knowledge about website development and digital archive management, as well as other technologies used by Rise Up
  • Experience related to strengthening diversity and inclusivity in archival collections and/or organizational development
How to Apply

If you’re interested in joining Rise Up as a Board member, please review our detailed postings through the links above. Submit a separate cover letter and resumé for each position you’re interested in by email to info@riseupfeministarchive.ca. Please put “Application for Rise Up Board” and the position you’re applying for in the subject line.