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Tennessee Respite Coalition

Board Member

Tennessee Respite Coalition


Job Summary

About the Organization

  • The Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC) was formed in 1996 for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for family caregivers with aging and disabled loved ones through respite. Respite provides short-term relief from the ongoing, and often unpaid, responsibility of caring for a loved one. It is a highly demanding and challenging responsibility that leaves little time for the caregiver to take care of their own physical and mental health. Respite is a great solution to give families the resources they need to free up time for themselves while ensuring their loved ones are cared for by a trustworthy and experienced professional.
  • Since its inception, the TRC has expanded programming beyond respite services to support caregivers and care recipients through companionship and education. The program currently serves 53 of Tennessee’s 95 counties through its Respite Voucher Program, Senior Companion Program, Touch Program, Outreach Program, and Respite Helpline. In 2023, TRC awarded 840 vouchers that provided 39,770 hours of respite to caregivers and provided companionship to 37 home-bound seniors for a total of 22,055 hours.

Position Overview

  • We are seeking general members for our Board of Directors, with a specific focus on recruiting a Treasurer. Board members will have the opportunity to advance into other roles within the organization, such as President, Vice President, or certain committee chairs.

Position Details

  • Employment Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Must reside in Tennessee
  • Commitment: 5-10 hours per month for a duration of two years

Job Responsibilities

  • Governance and Oversight: Ensure the organization complies with legal obligations, ethical standards, and internal bylaws. Oversee the organization’s activities and financial performance to ensure it meets its strategic goals and mission.
  • Strategic Planning: Participate in the development of the organization’s long-term strategy, including setting goals, defining objectives, and monitoring progress. Ensure the organization’s strategic plan aligns with its mission and the interests of its stakeholders.
  • Financial Oversight: Oversee the organization’s financial health, including approving annual budgets, setting financial priorities, and monitoring financial reports. Ensure resources are allocated efficiently and transparently.
  • Fundraising and Resource Development: Assist in fundraising efforts and the development of other resources necessary for the organization to fulfill its mission. Leverage personal networks to support the organization’s goals. Annual personal contribution of $5,000 or annual commitment of 20 hours towards approved fundraising efforts with the expectation of $5,000 raised.
  • Advocacy and Ambassadorship: Serve as an ambassador for the organization, promoting its mission, programs, and achievements to the public and potential donors. Advocate for the organization’s interests and values in the broader community.
  • Actively participate in six (6) board meetings per year, with occasional attendance at special meetings as determined by the Executive Director and/or President of the Board


  • Experience in finance or fundraising is required.
  • A broad circle of influence with potential donors is desired, but not required.
  • A person from a diverse background is highly preferred.
  • Must have a passion for serving family caregivers.

Additional Information


  • Opportunity to Make a Difference: Board members have a direct impact on shaping the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic direction, allowing them to contribute meaningfully to their community.
  • Professional Development: Serving on the board provides valuable experience in governance, leadership, and decision-making, which can enhance skills and expand networks.
  • Networking Opportunities: Board members have the chance to connect with other professionals, community leaders, and stakeholders, fostering valuable relationships that can lead to new opportunities and collaborations.
  • Personal Fulfillment: Board service offers the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of something larger than yourself, making a positive difference in the lives of others and the community as a whole.
  • Visibility and Recognition: Board members are often recognized as leaders in their field or community, which can enhance their professional reputation and credibility.
  • Contribution to Organizational Growth: By lending their expertise, perspectives, and resources, board members play a crucial role in guiding the organization’s growth, sustainability, and success.
  • Learning Opportunities: Serving on the board provides opportunities to learn about various aspects of nonprofit management, governance best practices, financial oversight, and more.
  • Personal Satisfaction: Being part of a team that achieves goals, overcomes challenges, and celebrates successes can be personally rewarding and fulfilling.
  • Community Engagement: Board members have the chance to engage with and give back to their community in a meaningful and impactful way, helping to address important issues and create positive change.

How to Apply

Email your resume to Erika Thomas, Board President, at erika.thomas.pr@gmail.com


  • Date Posted: March 20, 2024
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Board Leadership
  • Start Date: 07/01/2024
  • Working Hours: Varied 5-10 Hours per month