- About SORO NC
- Get Involved
Become a Boardmember
Current Board openingsUpdated 17 February 2017
- Zone 3 Representative | interim appointment until 2018 election | must be 18 years old or older and reside in SORO NC Zone 3 (see NC map)
- Organization Representative | interim appointment until 2018 election | must be 18 years old or older and officially represent an organization of stakeholders within the SORO boundaries
From time to time, SORO NC Board seats become available between scheduled elections (our Board page lists our current vacancies). According to our bylaws, open seats can be filled by majority vote of our Board (although with the exception of our Student seat, Board appointments are only in effect until the next scheduled election, which will be Spring, 2018).
If you're interested in being considered for an open seat, please fill out the form below (or return the downloadable Board application form) at least 10 days before our next General Board meeting. Applicants definitely should attend that meeting and be prepared to answer questions from the Board.Bear in mind that others may apply for the same seat. Don’t get discouraged. Focus on making the best case you can for your candidacy. Think about the skills you might bring to the Board. Do a little research on community issues. Try to attend a committee meeting. Read through a few past agendas to get a sense of the things we tackle. And remember, our committees are open to everyone—and they're where the real action happens.
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Why you should get involved
Simply put, serving on the SORO NC Board is a chance to give back and help shape our community.
What does the NC do?
Advocate and represent our community’s wants and/or needs to local government officials and entities; build partnerships with government so that government is more responsive to local needs; foster a sense of community; and decide how to spend the City’s annual financial allocation ($37,000 this year) for priority community activities and projects.
What are the Board’s responsibilities?
Help in outreach to community members; represent our community to government officials; make decisions that will affect our community; and participate in at least two meetings each month (the General Board meeting and a committee meeting of your choice). The more active you are, the more rewarding you'll find the experience.
Note that appointed Boardmembers must complete manditory training within 30 days of being seated.
Of course, all qualified candidates are welcome. In particular, we seek enthusiastic, hands-on candidates. And if you have other skills, this is a great place to let them shine: community organizing, web development, communications/PR, writing, design, video production, land use and planning, event planning, bookkeeping, law, emergency response and preparedness, transportation planning, etc.
Our representative seats
We have five types of seats: Zone Reps, Business Reps, Organization Reps, School Reps, and At-Large Reps. Most seats have four year terms, although appointments to vacated seats are only good until the next scheduled election. With the exception of the Student School seat, you must be 18 to apply.
You also have to be a SORO stakeholder, which the City defines as "those who live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also to those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder, defined as a person who affirms a substantial and ongoing participation within the Neighborhood Council’s boundaries and who may be in a community organization such as, but not limited to, educational, non-profit and/or religious organizations."
Zone Reps come from each of our ten residential zones. You must live (i.e., a resident homeowner or tenant) within the corresponding zone of the council boundaries. You can see the SORO NC zones on our Boundaries page.
Business Reps must own, operate, or work in a business or own business property or residential income property within the Council boundaries. There are five Business Reps.
Organization Reps must officially represent organized groups of stakeholders, including (but not limited to) non-profit, faith-based, or service organizations within the Council boundaries. We have four Organization Reps.
School Reps have two different types. The first is someone who works at a school or represents an official school booster organization within the Council boundaries. That single seat has a four year term. The second School Rep is reserved for a student who attends school within our boundaries. Unlike our other seats, the Student School Rep is appointed by the Board to a one-year term, and must be between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of the appointment.
At-Large Reps have a looser definition: you simply have to be a SORO NC stakeholder. There are four At-Large Reps.