Board Member / Secretary

Steel City Rowing Club

Website Steel City Rowing Club

Strong as Steel

Organization Description

Steel City Rowing Club, a non-profit 501(c)(3) formed in 1995, is seeking Board members as part of its goal to diversify its Board of Directors. In addition to at-large Board positions, one officer position (Secretary) is open.

Steel City Rowing Club is devoted to developing the strength and character of individuals of all backgrounds through the discipline and teamwork of rowing. Steel City offers a variety of programs for middle and high school students, as well as Learn to Row and Masters (adult) programs for first-time to experienced adult rowers. In addition, the organization hosts summer camps to provide community members with affordable access to the riverfront and environmental education, and rents facilities to the public for special events.

Board Description

As enthusiastic ambassadors for our mission, Board members are expected to steer strategic planning, support key business functions, and identify growth and partnership opportunities, among other responsibilities. In particular, the Board is responsible for:

  • Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • Strategic and organizational planning
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services
  • Acting as ambassadors for SCRC’s public image

Key Skills

  • Previous for-profit or non-profit experience and skills in management, strategy, operations, technology, finance, legal, fundraising, and/or facilities maintenance
  • Ability to think and act strategically with an eye on the “big picture”
  • A background in successfully cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors
  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain strong relationships with other Board members, club members, community partners, coaches, and administrative staff
  • Cultural awareness and appreciation for cultural, gender, and racial diversity
  • Passion for the club’s mission and the impact of our work on members, surrounding communities, and future generations of Pittsburghers
  • Familiarity with and/or demonstrated interest in the sport of rowing (helpful, but not required)

For the Secretary position, skills also include:

  • Strong organizational, communication, and listening skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with taking meeting notes and/or minutes
  • Familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order (helpful, but not required)

Key Responsibilities

  • Attend periodic Board and committee meetings (~semi-monthly)
  • Actively serve on at least one committee and take on special assignments
  • Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings
  • Participate in fundraising activities and/or special events
  • Help identify and leverage connections, networks, and resources that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and advance its mission

For the Secretary position, responsibilities also include:

  • Record minutes during board meetings
  • Communicate public meeting dates
  • Be the custodian of various contracts, policies, and other records of the organization


If you are interested in this service opportunity, please send a cover letter summarizing your interest and a resume to Will Brown at Selected candidate Board members will be invited to interview with Board members.

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