Dear ADRNC Members, Supporters and Community Members:

The ADRNC Board of Directors is extending an invitation to all of our members and community leaders for an expression of interest in serving on the ADRNC Board of Directors. The ADRNC board member job description is attached for your reference.

The Board is a grass roots, "working board" which means that all of our Board members spend time not only in the general management and administration of the organization but they are also responsible for and assist with various activities such as putting on educational programs and events, providing website/blog content, and/or conducting the annual ADRNC conference. Board membership is estimated to require a minimum of 12 hours per month.

We are currently seeking applications from professionals with participatory and adaptive leadership approaches; strong community-building skills and demonstrative cross cultural effectiveness, and cultural humility. We are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals with web technology knowledge and skills, treasury/finance/development skills, educational training backgrounds, and/or nonprofit management experience. Applicants must reside within the Northern California geographic area and attend local in-person board meetings.

To be eligible for Board membership, applicants will need to be subscribed/paid members of ADRNC before the time of appointment. If you are not currently a member, please establish or renew your membership at If you are interested in initiating the application process, please submit your bio, curricula vitae or resume, and a brief statement of your interest in being on the ADRNC Board of Directors. Please email this to the Board at, with "Board Application" in the subject line.

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received for current or future openings.

Thank you for your continued support of ADRNC by participating in this important process and helping to ensure the vitality and success of our future.

ADRNC Board of Directors


ADRNC Vision & Mission Statement

We envision all communities to be inclusive; in each, we respect, articulate and integrate differences through conflict transformation. In so doing, we establish, nurture and foster cultures that offer the necessary support for our communities to thrive as more just, more equitable and more peaceful.

Our mission is to realize ADRNC’s vision by cultivating enhanced capacities for peacebuilding and conflict transformation within those professionally called to this work, such as mediators, arbitrators, ombudspersons, and attorneys as well as those who are challenged with conflict as an integral part of their ongoing work, for example: teachers, peace officers, social workers, community organizers and leaders, clergy, entrepreneurs, business contributors, prison guards, parents, students, coaches, family members and neighbors.


ADRNC Board Functions

The ADRNC Board of Directors functions as a group, at Board meetings, through the presentation and review of information, conversation and dialogue, and decision making by majority vote. The following functions are descriptive of the Board’s responsibilities:

•        Define values and mission, and set standards, controls, and policies. Ensure that all of the organization’s programs, activities, and operations adhere to these policies.

•        Determine eligibility for Board membership, assure proper recruitment of candidates, elect members and officers, and ensure proper orientation and development of Board members.

•        Define parameters of the Board’s work, including its committees and the role of individual Board members.

•        At the first meeting of each year, make agreements about how the Board will work together and define expectations for the coming year.

•        Define and monitor key areas of performance for Board committees, assess results, and assure that steps are taken for continuous quality improvement in all areas.

•        Provide networking opportunities and programming for the organization’s membership and the ADR/conflict transformation community.

•        Ensure that the financial structure is adequate for current priorities, long-range strategy, and sustainability.

•        Hire the necessary administrative support, set compensation, and appraise her or his performance.

•        Ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and bylaws affecting the organization.


ADRNC Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

Individual Board Members contribute their unique skills and expertise, contacts, resources, and experiences to enable ADRNC to achieve optimal performance. Within this framework, typical Board Member duties and responsibilities include the following:

•        Be an active advocate and ambassador for the organization’s values, mission, and vision.

•        Work with fellow Board Members and staff to ensure that the Board and its working groups function well.

•        Regularly prepare for, attend, and participate at Board meetings and group, team or committee meetings.

•        Be available to serve as a committee chair or member. Be a prepared and active participant.

•        Support working groups/committees through volunteering and attending and promoting the organization’s events and projects.

•        Keep informed about the organization, its issues, and its connection to the community through active participation within the organization and outreach outside the organization.

•        Communicate and collaborate with other Board members via telephone and/or e-mail regarding attendance, availability, and other matters relevant to Board functions.

•        Inform the Board of any potential conflicts of interests, whether real or perceived.

•        When possible, use personal and professional contacts and expertise to benefit the organization.

•        Assist in the recruitment of new Board Members with needed expertise.

ADRNC Board of Directors Working AGREEMENTS


Transparency and safety

We foster a culture that encourages us to reveal our thoughts and feelings, needs and requests, without fear of being judged or dismissed.

Disagreement can be supportive

Just as we respectfully support one another, we respectfully explore areas of disagreement in pursuit of our collective goals.

Two-way support

We ask for support when needed; we offer support when we see a need.

Respectful listening

In support of clear and concise communication, we listen deeply to what is being said, and organize our thoughts before responding.

We demonstrate respect for the group by holding ourselves accountable, individually and collectively

We make commitments and follow through; we acknowledge in a timely way when commitments can't be fulfilled.

Unspoken Issues

If there is an elephant in the room, we name it; if there is an opinion not represented, we speak it, even if it doesn't reflect our own opinion.


We step up, step back; we notice how much we are speaking or how little. We strike a balance.

We collaborate and connect to foster sustainable relationships Thus, we maintain a cohesive and well-functioning board.