Board of Directors: Applications Process

Do you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV, and a drive to contribute to the well-being and success of the community we share? HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) is currently seeking individuals to join its Board, and its sub-committees.

ABOUT HARS (HIV/AIDS REGIONAL SERVICES)

Since 1988, HARS (HIV/AIDS Regional Services) has been providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS education and support programs and limited Hepatitis C services throughout South-eastern Ontario.  HARS provides comprehensive services including education, prevention, and support for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections (STBBIs), in addition to advocating for broader social change to reduce stigma and discrimination.  HARS is a leader in providing service user advocacy and innovative, high quality services for people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS.  Our CORE VALUES – Anti-Stigma, Lived Experience, Dignity, Community, Harm Reduction, and Social Justice – inform everything we do at HARS.  The HARS Office is located north-west of Downtown Kingston at 844a Princess Street. The Integrated Care Hub is located at 661 Montreal Street in Kingston.  Our catchment area is Belleville to the west, Brockville to the east, and Sharbot Lake to the north.

OPPORTUNITY

Directors typically serve terms of up to three (3) years and work to provide strategic oversight to HARS and its Leadership Team in executing against its strategic plan. This year, we are seeking individuals to serve one (1), two (2), or three (3) year terms. We believe it vital that Board members represent the clients and community we serve. Therefore, we seek to maintain a Board upon which people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), women and trans people, and people from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds come together to ensure that a robust and diverse talent pool is available to engage with the challenges we face. We strongly encourage people living with HIV/AIDS to apply; however, we note that disclosure of HIV status is not a requirement of the application process.

In addition, all candidates are encouraged to express a preference for aiding the work of Board sub-committees (Governance, Finance, Funds Development, and/or Strategic Planning) as a pathway to becoming a future Director of the Board.

DESIRED SKILL SETS

Individuals with experience and capabilities in a broad range of skill areas are needed, but hands-on experience with Board Governance is strongly desired, along with experience in: finance, fundraising, communication, and advocacy.

HARS is committed to dismantling all forms of racism and discrimination, and as such, individuals with anti-racism/anti-oppression, and racial and social justice experience are also encouraged to apply.

INTERESTED APPLICANTS

If you are interested in joining a group of volunteers who care deeply about HARS, its people, its vision/mission, and its future, please submit a completed Board Member Application form, together with a current resume/CV, to: James McCarthy, Board Member, at harsboard@kingston.net. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the aforementioned Board recruitment email address with any questions you might have regarding Board membership.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

Applications to be considered at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held Thursday, October 21, 2021, will be accepted up until Friday, September 24, 2021. However, we note that applications will be reviewed, and individuals whose nominations are under consideration will be interviewed, on an on-going basis until all Board vacancies are filled. Board members typically serve up to three years from the time of their election at the AGM and may stand for re-election for a second term of up to three years.