Board of Directors – Fund Development

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to with a subject line of the following format: "First name Last name, Board of Directors - Fund Development, Application 2019."

Applications will be accepted until February 10th, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Embark is a student-led non-profit society that empowers the next-generation of sustainability leaders at SFU through grants, training, and engagement. SFU students are automatically members and eligible to be Directors of the society. Students contribute either $1.75 or $3.50 a semester to Embark through a student sustainability levy collected by the University and set by student referendum. We currently represent 35,000+ undergraduate and graduate student members. Up to two associate members (non-SFU student member) may be elected as a Director. New directors are elected at each Annual General Meeting of the society.

Open to Embark Sustainability Society members, which consists of undergraduate and graduate students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and associate members.

Purpose of the Position
The Fund Development Officers main role is to oversee the Fund Development Committee which actively seeks new funding opportunities for the expansion of Embark’s activities, including, but not limited to, grant writing and fundraising.

  • Chairing the Fund Development Committee, which includes but is not limited to: creating committee a work plan, calling the meeting, developing the agenda, and alternatively chairing the meeting
  • Provide a monthly report to the board on the activities of the Fund Development Committee
  • With the support of the committee, seek out funding opportunities that may offset costs of Embark activities including but not limited to programming and events
  • In the case of a referendum, initiate and lead the campaign process with the support of the Executive Director, Board Chair and other board directors
  • Maintain integrity and responsibility, ensuring regular communication with the Board Chair and accountability to determined work plan

Stay up to date with current happenings at Embark. Maintain communications with board members and students. Research and contribute to writing new grant applications, and brainstorm creative funding initiatives. Work closely with the Executive Director to determine which funding opportunities are available and best suited to Embark.

Ideal candidates have:
  • Familiarity with grant writing, and/or researching grant opportunities (asset, not required)
  • Adaptability and a positive attitude in the face of challenges
  • Communication skills, including the ability to draft timely and clear emails
  • Passion for sustainability
  • Accountability

Things to look out for
If it is determined that a referendum is needed, the focus of the Fund Development Committee will shift from grants to planning a successful campaign.