Deadline: May 21, 2024

The United Way of Thunder Bay is currently seeking Board Members with a strong interest in promoting lasting change and positive outcomes for individuals impacted by poverty.

We welcome and encourage a broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge from applicants with diverse abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is expected that Directors will champion reconciliation, anti-racism/anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion and apply this lens to their work on behalf of United Way.

Preferred attributes and competencies:

While applications are welcome from all interested individuals, we particularly encourage applications from individuals with the following attributes or competencies:

  • Legal profession
  • Human resources management
  • Marketing and communications
  • Fundraising experience or entrepreneurial mindset
  • Public policy and government relations
  • Diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Lived or living experience as a member of an equity-deserving population


The Board of Directors has a governance mandate and is responsible for ensuring the United Way’s mission and strategic plan are achieved. Board members are responsible for:

  • Providing strategic leadership to United Way, including but not limited to:
    • establishing the long-term direction and vision,
    • monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the strategic plan,
    • overseeing the financial health of the organization, and
    • providing business and personal insights to inform major organizational decisions.
  • Acting as a positive and passionate ambassador for United Way both in the board room and in community.
  • Keeping informed about the organization, its issues, and its connection to the community through active participation.
  • A willingness to connect the organization to:
    • financial resources or prospective donors
    • policy makers or community leaders
    • diverse populations or community issue subject matter experts

Time Commitment

Board members hold a three-year term, which may be renewed. During that term, board members are expected to:

  • Support the values, mission and mandate of United Way.
  • Attend monthly board meetings. Meetings typically take place the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Meetings may be virtual, in-person or hybrid.
  • Participate on at least one United Way governance or operational committee. Between Board meetings, members are asked to actively work on their committee projects to ensure activities are proceeding according to schedules.
  • Attend as many of United Way special events as possible.
  • Represent United Way at community events.
  • Total time commitment of approximately 4 – 5 hours a month plus meeting preparation time.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying to join our Board, send a copy of your resume and a personal statement about why you are interested in joining to Your application will be reviewed by our Nominations Committee and we will be in touch with next steps.

About us:

For 60 years, the United Way of Thunder Bay has been working to improve local lives. Through community consultations, we strive to make meaningful long-term improvements to the quality of life for all people.

Having evolved from our roots as “fundraiser” to a community convenor, United Way of Thunder Bay brings together partners from business, government, labour, service providers, community leaders, and residents to create opportunities for a better life for everyone across Northwestern Ontario.