Join the Board of Directors

Time: Approximately 10 hours per month on average
Duration: 3 year commitment
Location: Remote, flexible
Additional expectations: Attendance at the ESW Annual Conference in April (location within the United States varies from year to year)
How to apply: Email Board Chair Miguel Fraga - [email protected] - with your resume and a cover letter addressing the Responsibilities, Duties and Qualifications in this Position Description


Position Overview
Our board of dedicated professionals come from a variety of disciplines. Not only do you not have to be an engineer to join our Board (nor an alum of our chapters), we highly encourage applicants from fields outside of engineering. Board Members are expected to contribute to the operations of the organization through committee work and special projects. This could include governance, donor cultivation, or social media strategy.


About Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World is a nonprofit network made up of problem solvers passionate about technical sustainability. We work to empower engineers to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges of the 21st century. ESW members have created everything from solar charging stations on college campuses to devices that collect waste in rivers to community-designed structures that promote earthquake resilience. We consist of 1,500 student and professional members across 50 chapters.


As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for

  • Evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • Strategic and organizational planning
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Approving and monitoring the organization’s budget, programs and services
  • Enhancing the organization’s public image


Each individual board member is expected to:

  • Attend Board of Directors meetings, which are scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes every two months, including one in-person meeting in April during our annual conference
  • Be familiar with ESW’s mission, vision and strategic plan
  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for ESW
  • Fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for ESW to advance its mission
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • Participate fully in one or more committees or officerships



  • Passion for sustainability, technical problem solving, and ESW’s mission for building a more sustainable world
  • Expertise in at least one of the following skill sets:
    • Connections/credibility with corporations (especially engineering and technical sustainability fields), foundations and/or major donors who could provide direct or in-kind financial support to ESW
    • Fundraising experience, especially donor cultivation, corporate sponsorship and/or grant writing
    • Financial management and/or bookkeeping
    • If you feel that you have expertise outside of this list that could benefit ESW, please elaborate in your application
  • Technical competency using software such as Slack, Zoom, Google Suite