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The Scrap Exchange is seeking new board members to guide its mission and development. We seek new Board members to join the Board no later than December 2022. 

The Scrap Exchange’s mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. As an organization, The Scrap Exchange is largely self-sustaining, with nearly 90% of our annual budget coming from income generated through store sales and fee-for-service programming. The money we make through retail sales and outreach programs pays for day-to-day operations (salaries, rent, utilities, vehicles, etc.) and allows us to continue collecting materials and providing programming that fulfills our mission.  We have grown over 30 years and now own and operate the Reuse Arts District (the former Lakewood shopping center) for the benefit of the Durham community. 

The Board of Directors acts as a single entity and is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the organization. Individual board members will have an interest and dedication in the mission and operations of The Scrap Exchange and bring broad knowledge and experience in areas such as reuse, the arts, retail, business, organization or nonprofit management,  community programs, or other applicable work with nonprofit, for profit, or government organizations. Prior nonprofit or Board of Director experience, while welcome, is not required. 

Interested individuals should submit to HWill@scrapexchange.org, a current resume and written statement about why they wish to serve on The Scrap Exchange Board.

Board Member Job Description/Expectations

The Board of Directors, acting as a single entity, is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the organization. This includes 

  1. Developing a strategic plan for The Scrap Exchange.
  2. Adopting an annual budget, and ensuring the organization has the financial resources necessary to carry out its mission
  3. Hiring, supervising, evaluating, and supporting the performance of the Executive Director who manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  4. Recruiting, orienting, training, and developing board leadership and membership to maintain continuity and institutional knowledge
  5. Ensuring financial oversight and the  fulfillment of  fiduciary responsibilities
  6. Establishing policies for the effective management of the organization
  7. Ensuring legal compliance and best practice

Individual board member responsibilities:

  • Understand and promote The Scrap Exchange mission
  • Become familiar with The Scrap Exchange programs, policies, and operations
  • Attend and actively participate in monthly board meetings 
  • Actively serve on at least one committee and offer to take on special assignments
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings
  • Participate in fundraising activities and special events
  • Participate in a minimum of 6 hours each month of in-person volunteer service.
  • Uphold organization conflict- of- interest and confidentiality policies
  • Attend organizational events
  • Meet with potential donors/funders to make a case for funding the organization
  • Serve for a minimum of 1-year term