September 21, 2021

Join our Board of Directors

We are currently seeking one new member of our Board of Directors to support and strengthen the Foundation’s programs, mission-aligned investment strategies, and governance in collaboration with our grantee partners, staff, and existing family and non-family Board members committed to advancing our mission to bring about a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. 

About you:

This year we are looking for one candidate with a strong social justice analysis and deep knowledge of Mississippi and/or the Southeastern region. Our prospective Board member would also ideally have experience in organizational development and equitable evaluation and/or familiarity with mission-aligned/impact investing fields, as well networks and/or expertise in one of the three areas: Indigenous-led work in the United States, grassroots organizing in Mississippi or New York state, and/or community wealth-building. We especially encourage nominations of people of color and people of all gender identities. Prior experience serving on nonprofit boards or experience in organizational development is preferable.


Our Board of Directors has a legal responsibility to provide oversight and accountability for the organization, which includes reviewing, adopting, and monitoring organizational policies, approving grants recommended by the staff, overseeing the organizational budget, and hiring and supervising the Foundation’s President. In recent years, the Noyes Board has been exploring new ways to best meet the governance and oversight responsibilities of a small private foundation. 

Prospective members should have the time and flexibility to engage in meetings and respond to email and other communications in a timely way. Noyes Board members participate in 3-4 Board meetings a year that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, consisted of at least one in-person meeting (usually in New York City) and conference calls. Board members are also asked to be on one board committee each year over the course of their term starting in January 2022.

How to apply:

Please send applications to by Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Your application should include a resume and a cover letter (no longer than two pages) that answers three questions:

  • Why are you interested in serving as a member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Board of Directors?
  • Briefly outline what your unique contributions would be as a member of the Board. 
  • Briefly describe your relationship to social justice movements or impact investing and how does it relate to your work?
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