Join the Advisory Board

YNPN San Diego is looking for people with the passion and time to guide YNPN San Diego's growth as an organization. Advisory Board members are responsible for developing YNPN San Diego in a way that helps accomplish our mission: activating emerging leaders by connecting them with the resources, people, and ideas they need to advance the social sector.

Serving on the YNPN San Diego Board is an awesome opportunity to put your skills to use and take your involvement with YNPN to the next level as we build the systems and capacity of our organization. It's also a great way to focus on your own professional development by meeting new people, enhancing your leadership skills and expanding your network. 


Ideal board candidates have:

  • A commitment to social justice and an understanding of the importance of equipping a deep, diverse bench of nonprofit leaders with the skills and networks they’ll need to make an impact
  • The ability to balance idea generation with execution
  • The enthusiasm and, most importantly, the time to commit to your Board tenure 
  • Willingness to not just “do” but also help develop systems and make our work sustainable

Board members have the overall fiscal and managerial responsibility for YNPN San Diego. They are charged with the supervision and oversight of the YNPN mission. They are responsible for making decisions, delegating work, and assuring that decisions are carried out in the manner intended.

YNPN San Diego accepts application for new Board members annually starting in September. Interviews will take place in October and new Board members will be notified in November. 

Application submissions are now open. We are seeking Chairs and Co-Chairs of our Programming, Marketing, and Membership Committees (please read about the roles below). It is up to the Chairs and Co-Chairs to delegate tasks to each other and committees, if there is one. Time commitment: up to 20 hours per month.

Programming Chair/Co-Chair: 

The Programming Committee focuses on planning events (in collaboration with the board) to facilitate professional development and social networking opportunities for YNPN San Diego members. Their responsibilities include:

  • Attending monthly committee meetings.
  • Facilitating career development, relevant training resources, and social gatherings for nonprofit professionals.
  • Developing events that add value to membership.
  • Hosting signature events such as:
    • Access to Experts, Food for Thought, and Headshot Happy Hour, Diversity and Inclusion Trainings and Dialogues
  • Overseeing program development, logistics, and setup, including but not limited to: confirming dates, locations, and speakers (if needed), setting up and breaking down each event space, purchasing event food and supplies, preparing and printing  registration sheets, creating thank you cards for speakers, distributing surveys to event attendees, inputting attendees into tracking documents and the website backend database (after events), and maintaining event budgets.
  • Coordinating with Marketing and Communications Co-Chairs for event-related communications, event pages, and registration.
  • Communicating with program partners and event collaborators.
  • Developing and refining event planning  procedures.

Marketing Chair/Co-Chair:

The Marketing Committee is responsible for two basic components of YNPN San Diego communications: online communications, including the website, email, listserv and social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) and print materials including brochures, business cards, signs, etc. The Marketing Committee works closely with all other YNPN San Diego Committee Chairs to disseminate information about YNPN San Diego and its partners in addition to news and resources about the nonprofit sector. Their responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and populating YNPN’s social media networks (Twitter and Facebook) with content:
    • Promoting YNPN San Diego events and news through the website and social media accounts.
    • Sharing professional development resources, news, and partner events related to the nonprofit sector with YNPN San Diego’s membership.
    • Working collaboratively with the Advisory Board and Committee members to solicit content for the website and social media accounts.
  • Creating and distributing monthly newsletter(s) and event promotions that go out via email.
  • Overseeing updates to YNPN San Diego’s website.
  • Creating and implementing a marketing strategy for the organization.
  • Maintaining online communication policies and procedures.
  • Creating print communications, including brochures, business cards, etc. and updating them as necessary.
  • Attending monthly committee meetings, if needed.
  • Adhering to best practices in online, print, and interpersonal communications with a focus on disseminating content that specifically relates to YNPN San Diego’s mission.

Membership Chair/Co-Chair:

The Membership Committee engages new members and assists individuals interested in joining the YNPN San Diego network. The Membership Committee works hard to ensure that YNPN San Diego’s individual and organizational members have a satisfying experience and continue their involvement with the network by enhancing member benefit programs. Their responsibilities include:

  • Attending monthly committee meetings.
  • Developing and executing individual and organizational membership acquisition and retention strategies, including meeting with individuals and presenting to organizations in the community.
  • Creating and distributing new member welcome communications.
  • Working with the Marketing & Communications Committee to create informational materials about YNPN San Diego and membership benefits to be distributed at events or shared on social media.
  • Meeting and greeting event attendees and assisting with registration.
  • Generating and collecting member surveys  to foster the enhancement of membership benefits as needed.
  • Collaborating with other Committees to meet membership and development goals.
  • Providing updates on membership metrics at monthly Board meetings.

If you encounter any issues with the YNPN San Diego 2018 Board Application form, email 

Application is due by: September 30, 2018

Tip: Have the following items prepared before completing the application form

Current Resume (1-2 pages)

Letter of Intent answering the following questions (1-2 pages):

  • How many years have you worked/volunteered in the nonprofit sector and in what capacity?
  • Describe your current and past leadership roles, including board participation.
  • What interests you about serving on the YNPN San Diego board?
  • What unique experience would you contribute to the YNPN San Diego board?
  • What are the causes that you're passionate about and why? 

Complete the Application Online!


If you're not ready to commit to board service, consider volunteering on one of our committees.