Member of the Board of Directors Job Description

Please read complete job description and participation agreement prior to completing the application for a board position.

The vision of the International Ms Leather Foundation (IMsL Foundation) is to support and activate Women’s leather communities.  We are committed to fostering healthy environments for Women to succeed in Leather and Kink spaces by providing education, programming, and financial support.  At this point, our major initiatives include: leadership development, education and digitizing our history. The first is to administer the travel fund for the current women titleholders of the International Ms Leather (IMsL) and International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) competition and support new local contests for women. The second initiative is recognize and develop a strong educational base within the community.  Finally, the Foundation will support gathering and making our history accessible through digital archiving and creating venues to hear our stories. In addition to working with people throughout the Kink, Leather and alternative sexuality communities, the IMsL Foundation works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ), straight (heterosexual) and allied communities who work to create women leaders. We are dedicated to creating leadership development and support, educational development, historical preservation and provide resources to work to overcome the –ISM’s faced by those in our community and provide a venue for people interested in Kink, Leather and BDSM community and the issues that the women’s community faces.


The Board will support the work of the IMsL Foundation and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by IMsL Foundation Board President, the Board relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board member is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted adviser to the Board President as s/he develops and implements the IMsL Foundation’s strategic plan

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by the IMsL Foundation’s for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

  • Approving the IMsL Foundation’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Developing a plan to create an Executive Director position for the IMsL Foundation

  • Assisting the Board President in identifying and recruiting other Board Members

  • Partnering with other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

  • Representing the IMsL Foundation to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization

  • Ensuring the IMsL Foundation’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities the IMsL Foundation serves

  • Committed to education and action to counter the –ISMs both inside the organization and within the larger community



IMsL Foundation Board Members will consider the IMsL Foundation a philanthropic priority and commit to making annual gifts, support with their work on programs and organizing events to fundraise, find funding alternatives (barter) and sponsors that reflect that priority. So that IMsL Foundation can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, the IMsL Foundation has a Board Agreement that expects to have 100 percent of Board Members meet an annual contribution goal of $1500 in time, talents or financial support.  


Board Terms/Participation

IMsL Foundation’s Board Members will serve three-year term and be eligible for re-appointment for one additional three-year term (for a total of 6 years possible). Board meetings will be held bi-monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings. The annual meeting will be held at the annual IMsLBB Weekend (April).  The board shall consist of not fewer than three (3) and not more than fifteen (15) Directors. Terms will be staggered for board continuity.


General Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the IMsL Foundation’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Per the IMsL Foundation bylaws, each Director shall be a natural person of full age (21) who need not be a resident of the State of California but must be a United States Citizens.  Those interested in being involved who are international, can be appointed as advisors or liaisons but are not voting board members. Directors shall have the following qualities:

  1. Respect for the Policies, Bylaws, Mission, and Values of the Corporation;

  2. Explicit assurance of time, energy, and attention for the affairs of the Corporation; and

  3. Appropriate respect for due process and the opinions of other Directors.

  4. A minimum of 2 Directors shall be past titleholders of either the IMsL or IMsBB contests.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector

  • A commitment to and understanding of the IMsL Foundation’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience

  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of IMsL Foundation’s beneficiaries

Service on IMsL Foundation’s Board of Directors is without remuneration and is volunteer based.  Registration for the IMsLBB Weekend will be provided. Background checks may be conducted for all final board candidates (this step is not to prevent access to the board but to be aware of any areas that will impact your ability to represent the board).  Board members will be asked to sign a Board Agreement upon joining the board that will be reviewed each year. Please let us know if there are any of these areas of concern in your application.


Specific Qualifications

As a working board and to meet non-profit standards for accountability, the following skill set are needed to make the IMsL Foundation work successful.  A Board member does not need to possess all of these skills but overall the Board will need these skills:

  • Executive Leadership to direct the board

  • Detailed record keeping for the records and actions of the board

  • Financial expertise and accountability for the budget and fundraising of the board

  • Marketing knowledge to develop outreach and visibility campaigns for the organization

  • Educational background to create programming and evaluate training needs and trends

  • Historical or archival experience to create digital archives of existing collections

  • Community knowledge and experience and willingness to be an ambassador in the community

  • Social media campaign experience

  • Development and fundraising knowledge to develop sponsors and do grant writing

This list is not comprehensive and additional areas of expertise will be welcomed on the board!


Next Steps

Here is the link to the IMsL Foundation Bylaws for your review.  If you would like to join the board, please complete and submit the initial application that will ask you for contact information, optional demographics, and gather some general answers on your qualifications, why you want to get involved and your work style and three references.  You will also be asked if there are any areas of concern we should know about that could impact your work on the board. A copy of the Board Agreement can be requested.

Applications should be submitted to   Applications will be reviewed by the board members and finalists will be asked to participate in follow up phone interviews with the current board.  Selection of board members should be completed over a 4-6-week period based on board meetings.