Member, Board of Directors

This is a remote, unpaid volunteer position (Canada/Global) with occasional in-person participation.


Cuso International is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to sharing skills for better futures. Cuso works with local partners around the world to improve economic opportunities for all, enhance women’s and girls’ empowerment, and advance gender equality. Each year, we amplify our impact by mobilizing hundreds of skilled professionals who volunteer their time and share their experience.

Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in both Canada and the United States. We are committed to speaking with and for our partners in development, opening doors, participating in key discussions, influencing policy, and developing innovative solutions to meet the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about Cuso International, visit


Cuso International has embarked on a process of renewal. In an era of rapidly changing contexts for international cooperation, we are seeking dynamic individuals to join our Board of Directors as we implement a new Strategic Plan. We are recruiting up to four (4) new Directors in September for a term of three (3) years. Members of our Board of Directors are experienced and committed leaders, bringing a wide range of expertise, knowledge and perspective to Cuso programs.


We are seeking a mix of skills and expertise to facilitate discussion on key strategic issues. Experience may include, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Expertise in International development in the Global South
  • Expertise in working with Indigenous communities and/or migrants and refugee communities in Canada
  • Strategic planning, policy development and public advocacy
  • Financial management, audits and accounting
  • Non-profit sector operations
  • Human resources management
  • Fundraising and donor relations
  • Public communications and digital technology
  • Legal and governance

In addition, we are seeking a number of attributes to ensure diversity and representativeness in our governance. Considerations in this area may include, but are not limited to those in the list below:

  • Geographic representation across Canada
  • Linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Gender balance
  • Youth leadership participation
  • Prior experience as a volunteer with Cuso

The list of experiences and attributes provided above is for reference and indication only. Candidates for a Director position with Cuso are not required to have all of the experiences or attributes noted above to be considered. All candidates are invited to share how their unique experience will contribute to the collective quality and diversity of our Board.


Board Members are expected to:

  1. Commit to the core values of Cuso International and adhere to the Code of Conduct
  2. Act as advocate for Cuso International in support of the organization’s Mission, Vision and Values, as well as the growth of the organization
  3. Understand, and support, the principle of fiduciary responsibility of Boards of Directors
  4. Be a philanthropic supporter of Cuso International (within their means)
  5. Foster collegial and positive working relationships with other Board members and staff
  6. Prepare well for meetings and contribute to special projects and/or advisory committees
  7. Attend all Board meetings (4 x 1-day meetings per year, alternating in-person and virtual)
  8. Commit to membership on at least 1 Board committee (5-6 virtual meetings per year)
  9. Attend external meetings/fundraising events, as needed

How to Apply:

If this type of leadership interests you, we’d like to hear from you. Please click the “Apply for This Job” button on this page to submit your application. Applications to this public call will be accepted until August 15, 2022. Please include the following in your application: ­

  1. Your letter of interest ­
  2. Your Resume

Please note that a confirmation email will be generated once you submit your application, but it may be directed to your spam or junk folders of your email inbox.

For more information about this application or our Board, please write to [email protected]


August 2, 2022


August 15, 2022






Cuso International