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Volunteer Board Members

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Borderless Magazine's Diane Bou Khalil interviews members of the Rohingya community gathered at Warren Park on Oct. 20, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. Half the members gathered were there to vote for the very first time after being denied the right in their native Myanmar. The others were there in support and to learn about the voting process.Photo by Michelle Kanaar

Volunteer Board Members

Borderless Magazine NFP is seeking new volunteer board members to fill both officer and non-officer positions on our board. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Board members will join a community of people who are passionate about immigration coverage and empowering immigrant communities with information. Borderless Magazine is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing opportunities for a diverse group of people. People of color and people from immigrant communities are especially encouraged to apply.

We are looking for board members who will be advocates for our work. Board members will join our community, support us, grow and thrive with us, and help us bring in donations to make our journalism possible. 

About us

Borderless Magazine NFP is an award-winning nonprofit news outlet that is working to dismantle racist and harmful coverage of immigrants. We are reimagining immigration journalism for a more just and equitable future. We humanize stories of immigration by shining light on the diversity, resilience and resistance of people impacted by immigration policies today. We report and publish stories in our online publication, we work with immigrants and their allies to tell their own stories their way, and we train journalists to more ethically report on immigration issues.

About the position

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Borderless has adequate resources to advance its mission.

The board also plays very significant roles providing accountability and guidance by contributing to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. 

The board serves as the governing body of Borderless Magazine NFP and is made up of officers (president, treasurer, secretary) as well as non-officers. Officer positions require a higher level of time commitment and experience. Non-officers have the opportunity to learn and gain experience in board work and then potentially move up to officer positions. 

While day-to-day operations are led by Borderless Magazine’s executive director, the Board-executive director relationship is a partnership. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Committing 8 to 10 hours per month to Board work
  • Bring $1,200 annually into the organization in the form of either a personal donation or money raised from others
  • Talking through strategic growth decisions and helping develop growth plans 
  • Actively soliciting donations and promoting Borderless Magazine’s work
  • Taking part in board meetings, where members will be expected to review outcomes and metrics created by Borderless Magazine for evaluating its impact and measure its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings 
  • Approving Borderless Magazine’s annual budget and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities 
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the executive director
  • Assisting the executive director and board president in identifying and recruiting other Board Members; reviewing potential Board Members’ applications and helping interview applicants  
  • Ensuring Borderless Magazine’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Borderless Magazine serves, including immigrants

Board term & participation

Borderless Magazine’s Board Members will serve terms between one and three years long and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held six times a year with subcommittees meeting additional times.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Have a deep understanding of the role of immigrant communities in the United States  and an interest in media and journalism coverage
  • An understanding of the complexities of organizational decision making
  • 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 Borderless Magazine’s readers and those we serve
  • Passion for connecting with others and building relationships with the Borderless community

Ideal candidates will also have significant experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Law 
  • Banking or finance
  • Event planning

To apply: Please send a resume/CV, two references, and a letter of interest answering the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in immigration and/or journalism?
  • Why do you want to work with Borderless Magazine?
  • What skills or resources do you think you could bring as a volunteer board member? (EG: budgeting experience, connections to a wide network for increasing our audience or raising money, etc.)
  • Confirm that you are willing to bring $1,200 annually into the organization in the form of either a personal donation or money raised from others

Learn about more job openings, journalism internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities at Borderless Magazine.

DEI Statement

Borderless Magazine is a member-supported newsroom working to dismantle racist and harmful media coverage of immigrants. We do this through our reporting and by making sure immigrants and people of color are better represented in newsrooms.

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment where we value employees and individuals of various backgrounds and experiences. We firmly believe in prioritizing the voices of immigrants and dismantling barriers that prevent all narratives from being heard and amplified. Our aim is to normalize immigration journalism as a top line priority now and in the future through community engagement and high-quality journalism.