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The Alex

Board Member



Company Information

Who are we?

We know that good health is the complete state of physical, mental, emotional and economic well-being. We cannot enjoy whole health when we are hungry, when we are in chronic pain, when we don’t have a roof over our head, when we feel disconnected from our community, when we are living in poverty. And fixing one of these issues while ignoring the rest is just a band-aid solution.

The Alex breaks down access and social barriers and tailors our services to meet individuals’ needs. From babies to seniors, our clients are as unique and special as the care they receive.

Our focus is crisis prevention, and our team of professionals work hard to step in before long-term interventions are needed, giving preventative care in a welcoming, easy to access environment. Since 1973, our cost-effective programs have saved millions in taxpayer dollars by moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness.

The Alex provides services and programs to individuals and families who experience barriers to health. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of healthcare that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to our two Health Centers, we run a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Community Dental Bus, three Housing Programs, a Breast Feeding Clinic, a Community Food Centre and a Bottles4Health Program.

The Board

The Board consists of a maximum of 12 members. Members are appointed for a 2 or a 3 year term.  The current Board has 9 members.  The Board operates with 3 Committees:

  1. Finance and Audit;
  2. Governance and Board Development; and
  3. Strategic Issues.

The board bears the ultimate responsibility for the Alex. The board carries out this responsibility through a stewardship role. The board delegates the day-to-day management of the Alex to the CEO and management team. 

Job Description

To fulfill its stewardship role, the board has responsibility for:

  1. Overseeing the development and implementation of the strategic, financial and operating plans.
  2. Overseeing the development by management of a process to identify, manage and monitor the principal risks faced by the Alex.
  3. Requiring management to implement and maintain appropriate internal controls and management information systems.
  4. Appointing a chief executive officer and other officers of the Alex, defining management’s duties and limits of authority, overseeing management’s performance and approving its compensation.
  5. Overseeing management succession and management development plans.
  6. Requiring management to maintain an effective stakeholder communication program, including a process by which stakeholders and other interested parties may communicate directly with the board or with individual board members.
  7. Overseeing and approving the Alex’s annual report and its distribution to internal and external stakeholders.
  8. Appointing an audit committee comprised of three board members who are independent of management and have financial expertise to be responsible, on the board’s behalf, for the oversight of the Alex’s independent auditors.
  9. Appointing other committees that the board considers necessary to enable it to carry out its responsibilities effectively, and to delegate to those committees any of the powers of the board it deems appropriate.
  10. Adopting, amending or repealing by-laws of the Alex and monitoring the Alex’s compliance with those by-laws and with its statutory and fiduciary obligations.
  11. Adopting or amending the Alex’s code of ethics and monitoring the Alex’s compliance with that code.
  12. Promoting the key messages of the Alex to increase awareness and generate fund development opportunities.
  13. Other decisions that are required to be made by the board of directors, or as may be reserved by the board of directors, to be made by itself and are not otherwise delegated to a committee of the board of directors or to management.

The Commitment

It is expected that Board members contribute to the Alex’s Board in the following manner:

  1. Attend and participate in at least 75% of the regularly scheduled Board Meetings;Board meetings are normally held on the last Monday of the month, 6 to 8 times per year;
  2. A Board meeting will normally last 2 hours with 30 – 60 minutes of preparation in advance;
  3. Participate on at least 1 Board Committee and attend 75% of the regularly scheduled Board Committee meetings. Board Committee Meetings are held between 2 and 4 times per year and will last 60 – 90 minutes;
  4. Attend a minimum of 2 events organized by and/or sponsored by the Alex; and
  5. Contribute financially towards the Alex either by purchasing event tickets or otherwise by making an annual cash contribution.

The Profile

You are passionate about the delivery of healthcare and housing to marginalized and vulnerable Calgarians.

We value both the lived and professional experience of our Board members, and are committed to fostering a board that reflects our community’s diversity of ability, gender, age, income, and ethnicity.

We are currently seeking candidates with experience in accounting and financial management, fundraising, health care management, board governance and/or human resources. We are looking for individuals of all abilities who already have some Board experience and are comfortable with taking an Executive role if needed.

Contact Information

The Alex
Not-for-profit and Charitable Organizations
Richard Boyer
Board Chair
Posting Date: 06-Sep-2017Not-for-profit and Charitable OrganizationsVolunteer Permanent, Full-Time Open 410-Oct-2017
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