Board Trustee, Helen Keller Services

ORGANIZATION:

Helen Keller Services is a national organization whose mission is to enable individuals who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind, or have combined hearing and vision loss to live, work, and thrive in the communities of their choice. Headquartered in Brooklyn, and with services offered across the country, HKS offers programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB).

Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is the only national comprehensive vocational and rehabilitation program that provides information, referral, support, and training exclusively to youths and adults who have a combined hearing and vision loss, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) is a comprehensive rehabilitation program serving individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired and who may have additional disabilities, living in the New York metropolitan area.

HKS has an annual operating budget of over $100 million and staff of approximately 300 across 11 locations throughout the US. It relies on funds from public programs (state and federal), grants, legacies, private donations, earnings from an investment portfolio, and fundraising activities.

For more information, please visit www.helenkeller.org.

REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:

This position will report directly to ­­­­the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

LENGTH OF TERM:

Three years per term with a limit of three (3) terms.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The Board Trustee will advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and promotion of Helen Keller Services to support the organization’s mission and needs.

Specific duties will include, but are not necessarily limited to providing:

  • Organizational oversight and leadership utilizing personal experience and knowledge.
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget.
  • Operational and fiscal review of programmatic activities.
  • Fundraising and outreach efforts.

Additional duties include:

  • Regularly attend and participate in Board meetings and fundraising events. The Board of Trustees meets four times per year, usually in January, June, September, and November at 8:30 am; meetings may be via Zoom, and in-person meetings may rotate between the Brooklyn, Sands Point, and Hempstead locations; typically, meetings last 90-120 minutes.
  • Serve on at least one committee or ad hoc, as necessary and designated by the Chair. Board committees meet an average of two times per year, pending their respective work agenda.
  • Attend, support, and/or serve on a committee for at least one fundraising event per year.
  • Visit HKS programs to stay current and understand the work of HKS.
  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by Helen Keller Services’ mission, objectives, and programs.
  • Assist to communicate and promote Helen Keller Services’ mission and programs to the community.
  • Become familiar with HKS’s finances, budget, and human resources needs.
  • Financially support Helen Keller Services in a manner commensurate with one’s financial ability.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A strong commitment to being involved through active and engaged participation in the mission and Board activities of the organization.
  • Industry experience that complements the expertise of other Board members.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Shana Plott, Chief Executive Officer
704.377.0362