Thank you for your interest in serving on our Board of Directors and helping us build a brighter future for individuals that we serve.
LISTEN is a CQL (Council on Quality and Leadership) accredited nonprofit corporation that provides a wide variety of services and supports to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in Grand Forks and the surrounding communities.
Operating since 1970, LISTEN currently offers Family Support, Residential, and Day Services in their Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program. The LISTEN Drop In Community Center hosts a variety of programs and events including self-advocacy,
dances, performing arts, and many other social and recreational opportunities open to all members of the community. LISTEN also has a successful charitable gaming programand currently has seven gaming sites in Grand Forks, one in Lakota, and one in Mayville.

Our Mission

To provide quality services for people with intellectual disabilities which will help them live as independently as possible.

Our Vision

To achieve our mission, we will provide opportunities that will enhance self-direction in the least restrictive environment.

Our Values

We believe that fundamental to the provision of services is the belief that everyone is valuable and should be afforded the same choices, opportunities and responsibilities as all members of society.

Position Summary

The Board of Director is the highest leadership body of the LISTEN Center and members are responsible for satisfying the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization.


  • Understand and support the organization’s mission, services, policies and programs
  • Help to promote and enhance LISTEN’s public profile and network with the business community
  • Ability to attend monthly board meetings
  • Oversight, review, and approval of the policies and procedures of LISTEN
  • Financial management, including adoption, oversight, and approval of the annual budget
  • Actively recruit, orient, and train new board members
  • Term commitment: 3 years


  • Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Serve as an active advocate and ambassador for the organization, and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the LISTEN Center to advance its mission
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to
    fully achieve the LISTEN Center’s mission
  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings


  • Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • Sign a conflict-of-interest disclosure, update it throughout the year if necessary, and disclose potential conflicts before meetings and during meetings should they arise
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the LISTEN Center


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