Join Associated Recreation Council’s Board of Directors


The Associated Recreation Council is looking for people to join our board of directors! We have four board seats open for 2024. We are especially seeking people with legal and financial expertise, experience with Family/Youth issues, HR, and Fundraising, but enthusiastically welcome anyone, with any background, who is passionate about our mission and work.

Summary of Organization

Associated Recreation Council (ARC) has been the 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of Seattle Parks and Recreation for over 45 years. Our mission is to inspire engagement and participation in equitable, dynamic, culturally relevant, and responsive recreation and lifelong learning programs. It's our vision to bring together all people to build a healthy community.

Board Service at ARC

Board members are committed volunteers who share a passion for the Associated Recreation Council's mission and strategic priorities. We want our board members to enjoy volunteering and feel valued for their commitment. We aspire to model a collaborative and transparent culture that encourages growth and ongoing learning opportunities. We strive to plan meetings and events that are heart-felt, meaningful, and make effective use of your time and expertise.

Currently, we are prioritizing applicants with:

  • Legal Expertise, especially with contracts and/or employment law
  • Finance, Accounting, and/or Investing Expertise
  • Fundraising Strategy and/or grant writing
  • Nonprofit Governance

Board members commit to:

  • Being a compelling year-round ambassador for ARC.
  • Serving a three-year term, renewable, with a two term max.
  • Volunteering 40 hours annually, which includes attending 6 board meetings each year and participating in one of our standing committees on a monthly basis.
  • Attending the annual fundraising event, Fund the Fun, and other events as requested.
  • Make a personally meaningful annual financial gift
  • Submitting to a background check, in compliance with the Washington Child/Adult Abuse Information Act
  • Keeping up to date on organizational programs, news, financials, and events essential to being an effective member.

What if I haven’t served or worked on a nonprofit board before?

We are committed to having a diverse community of voices supporting our organization. Even if you do not have prior nonprofit experience, our board engages in on-going group learning at our board meetings. We also have lots of other opportunities to get involved as a volunteer if board service isn’t quite the right fit right now!


  • Know that you make a real difference in the community by playing a key role in supporting access to affordable recreational programs and services in Seattle.
  • Leadership development opportunities and training, including building expertise in board governance and budgeting, community organizing, event planning, and so forth.
  • Build relationships with a broad spectrum of individuals that are connected to the Associated Recreation Council 

We believe strongly in transparency and are happy to field any questions and provide documentation in regards to our financial and operational health.

Interested in Joining?

  1. Attend our Board Service Town Hall - Virtual, May 15, 5:30pm - and hear directly from current board members about what board service entails! 
  2. Submit an Application 

Please submit any questions you have to Board Development Chair, Caitlin Pontrella