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Advisory Board

Roles and Responsibilities


Mission

We believe every child, regardless of zip code, has the right to a high-quality education. The Learnatory Mission is to close the opportunity gap by advocating for education equity, advancing effective leadership, and transforming our education system through innovation and powerful learning experiences. We educate through hands-on, interactive, learning that engages and empowers students. We cultivate and arm professionals and students with the in-demand skills, knowledge, and real-world learning required to successfully compete in a global society.

We focus on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) delivering real-world learning that enable students to: 

  •  Improve their competitive standing in the STEAM field
  • Elevate their marketability, and
  • Strengthen their self- confidence in an ever-changing global society 


Purpose of the Advisory Board

The function of an advisory board is to offer assistance to enterprises with anything from marketing to managing human resources to influencing the direction of regulators. Advisory boards are composed of accomplished experts offering innovative advice and dynamic perspectives. Meeting quarterly or biannually, boards can provide strategic direction, guide quality improvement, and assess program effectiveness.


Roles and Responsibilities of Advisory Board Members

  • developing an understanding of the business, market and industry trend
  •  provide “wise counsel” on issues raised by owners/directors or management
  • provide unbiased insights and ideas from a third point-of-view (not involved in the operation of the business
  • encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas
  • act as a resource for executives
  • provide social networking platform for directors and the company
  • encourage the development of a governance framework that enable sustainable growth of the company
  • monitor business performance


Expectations of Individual Board Members:

  

Participation & Contributions

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the Mission, Vision, and Motto of The Learnatory
  •  Connect The Learnatory to new corporate contacts, foundations, youth organizations
  • Promote The Learnatory Missions and programs in the community
  • Recruit members for the Young Professionals Advisory Board
  • Track business and community concerns about education that can be addressed by The Learnatory Mission, Objectives, and programs and provide strong support to the Executive Director accordingly.
  • Connect with at least three schools annually where The Learnatory programs can be implemented.
  • Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  •  Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for The Learnatory to advance its mission leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve The Learnatory's mission 
  • Give a meaningful personal financial donation 
  • 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 
  • Participate fully in one or more committees

 
 

Fundraising

The Learnatory Board Members will consider The Learnatory a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that The Learnatory can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, The Learnatory expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

 
 

Length of Term

Advisory Board Members serve a two-year term. Terms may be renewed indefinitely. There will be an annual review of each Board Member, Board Chair, and the Executive Director to determine consideration Board of Directors membership. If a Board Member cannot fulfill his/her responsibility, they may be asked to leave prior to the end of their terms. The current Founder-Executive Director is excluded from forced removal. 

 
 

Time Commitment

Board Members spend, on average, one hour per month outside of the monthly meeting working on committee or other projects.


Advisory Board Meetings

Advisory Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings. It is important that all Board Members attend the meetings to hear organizational updates, report their progress, present new leads and/or request support from other Board Members or staff.


Program Events

Advisory Board Members are encouraged to attend important events involving The Learnatory whenever possible. Important events include:

  • Performance Showcases
  • Summer Camp activities
  • Other activities as planned


Connecting The Learnatory to New Resources

Advisory Board Members spend, on average, one hour per month outside of the monthly meeting contacting potential corporate partners to provide introductions to The Learnatory and in checking with the Executive Director.


Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about The Learnatory’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Advisory Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Advisory Board Members. 


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications: 

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, technology, science, or the nonprofit sector  
  • A commitment to and understanding of The Learnatory’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience 
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals 
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of The Learnatory’s beneficiary
  • Service on The Learnatory’s Advisory Board is without remuneration.


  

Benefits of Serving on a Nonprofit Board
For professionals who want to use their skills and passion to make an impact on a nonprofit organization, there are fantastic benefits to serving on a board:

  • Builds your skill set:  Hone the skills you currently possess while serving on a board whether you work in marketing, human resources or finance, and learn new skills that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Grows your network:  Meet and collaborate with other passionate and talented professionals while serving on a board and make key contacts for the future.
  • Builds your brand and the nonprofit’s brand:  Not only will your professional brand get a boost from serving as a board member, but you can build awareness and endorsements for that nonprofit through your participation.
  • Makes you feel good for doing good:  Building social capital will give you that burst of professional and personal inspiration you may be looking for, and there is nothing better than the feeling that you can put your skills to good use.

  

Applications are now available.

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Applications are ow being accepted for The Learnatory Board of Advisors, Board of Directors, & Young Professionals Board.  See "Get Involved" above.