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The Learnatory Board of Directors

Mission

 

We believe every child, regardless of zip code, has the right to a high-quality education.  The Learnatory Mission is to close the education opportunity gap for women and underserved communities by advocating for education equity,  advancing effective leadership in education, and transforming our education system.


Through innovative and powerful learning experiences, we educate students with hands-on, interactive, learning that engages and empowers. 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 Board of Directors

As a nonprofit corporation, The Learnatory is required to have a Board of Directors that serves as the ultimate governing body of the corporation. In addition to being legally responsible for the overall management of the corporation, Directors are legally required to perform his or her responsibilities subject to the fiduciary duties of care, loyalty, and obedience to the nonprofit corporation. 


The Board will support the work of The Learnatory and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by The Learnatory’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. 


Expectation of the Board as a Whole:

  • As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the Board is responsible for:
    determining the mission and purposes of the organization
  • selecting and 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 Learnatory’s programs and services
  • enhancing The Learnatory’s public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of The Learnatory


Expectations of Individual Board Members:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements The Learnatory’s strategic plan 
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by The Learnatory for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving The Learnatory’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members 
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing The Learnatory to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring The Learnatory’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities The Learnatory serves


Participation & Contributions

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the Mission, Vision, and Motto of The Learnatory
  • Connect The Learnatory to new corporate contacts, foundations, youth organization
  • 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

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 of Board 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.


Board Meetings

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.


Board Retreat

Attend at least one Board retreat, when held.


Program Events

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

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 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 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 Board of Directors is without remuneration.


The application is available at the link below.


The Learnatory Board Candidate Profile

  • Passionate about The Learnatory’s mission.  Candidates being considered should have experience volunteering or working with a similar cause.  


  • Ability to give personally and commit to The Learnatory as one of their top three charities. 


  • Connectivity and Reach with the ability to connect The Learnatory to local philanthropic businesses, foundations, or individuals.


  • Comfortable in at least two of the three following roles Ambassador to help raise brand awareness and increase enrollments by promoting The Learnatory services and supporting marketing efforts,  Advocate supporting and representing The Learnatory as a leader and top provider of STEAM education, and/or Asker seeking funding and donations.


  • Ten years professional experience and be able to provide relevant expertise to The Learnatory in terms of governance including areas such as legal, financial, and business strategy.  Additional areas of expertise include   public schools, charter networks, online schools, fundraising, operations, entertainment/hospitality, and local and/or state government, and implementation of online learning systems. 


  • Time to serve agreeing to attend regular board meetings, serve on at least one committee, and attend one-two student activities. 


  • Pro-activeness with a willingness to actively engage and monitor the organization.  


  • Consensus-builder comfortable with healthy conflicts and the ability to achieve resolution.


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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