Board Member Position Description

current application/nomination Deadline: October 19, 2019

To apply, please fill out this application form

To nominate someone else, please fill out this nomination form

The volunteer board of directors ensures the fulfillment of Precipitation Northwest’s mission statement and provides leadership, oversight, and strategic governance to the organization. Board members oversee certain programs and projects that affect the community, the largest currently being SOAK and BurnOut. The board does not directly produce events nor manage their general operations, but instead supports members of the community in making them a success. The board does, however, have important legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organization, and by extension the great Portland burner community.

Specific board member responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing outcomes of projects and programs overseen by PNW and evaluating their impact towards the organization's mission.

  • Contributing to agendas and reviewing supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.

  • Approving PNW's annual budget, auditing reports, and material business decisions and generally keeping informed of, as well as meeting, all legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

  • Serving on committees and taking on special assignments as needs arise.

  • Playing well with community and board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.

  • Representing PNW to stakeholders by acting as an ambassador for the organization and greater community.

  • Ensuring PNW’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities that PNW serves.

  • Assisting the board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.


Ideal candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to and understanding of the mission of PNW and the diverse needs of the community.

  • Leadership experience.

  • Knows how to internet, including using Google Drive and any other productivity apps.

  • Commitment to a minimum term of 3 years.

  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility.

  • Future engagement with PNW activities and events. 

  • Easily plays well with others.

  • Must not serve as either a SOAK or BurnOut Producer or Lead during their term on the board


Ideal candidates may have some of the following, will still be considered if they do not:

  • Professional experience with leadership in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.

  • Specific experience with non-profit accounting and legal support, fundraising, program development, human resources and volunteer management.

  • An affinity for persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.

  • Past engagement in PNW activities and events.


Approximately 8 to 20 hours per month. At minimum, expect 2 hours monthly for board meetings, plus about 1-2 hours a week for to-dos, committee meetings, emails, etc. At busy times, you can expect up to 20 hours a month depending on how many responsibilities you have taken on.


Service on Precipitation Northwest’s board of directors is voluntary (unpaid) and without remuneration, except for administrative, support, travel, or accommodation costs incurred as a direct result of board members’ duties.


Under the Oregon Revised Statute for nonprofits, Chapter 65, each board member must meet certain standards of conduct. These standards are typically described as Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience. For additional information please see ORS Ch. 65.


Applications and nominations will be accepted for consideration through October 19, 2019. To apply, please fill out this application form. To nominate someone, please fill out this nomination form.

Questions? Please email