Board Member Information
Board Member Job Description
Summary: Members of Serendipity’s Board of Directors have the general responsibilities to ensure organizational focus on our mission, to further our strategic goals, and to generate effectiveness and integrity within the Board of Directors.
- The Board serves as an advocate for Serendipity in the community.
- The Board develops and implements the annual Strategic Plan for Serendipity.
- The Board provides financial oversight for the organization.
- The Board employs the Executive Director.
- The Board is the fundraising engine for the organization.
- The Board annually reviews Serendipity’s mission and by-laws.
- Regularly attend board meetings, committee meetings, special events, and at least one campus event.
- Complete an annual work plan and make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee and/or project work.
- Participate in the fundraising efforts of Serendipity.
- Make a personal financial contribution that is significant to you.
- Volunteer for assignments and complete them thoroughly and on-time.
- Remain informed about committee matters, prepared for meetings, and willing to review and comment on minutes, reports, and recommendations.
- Expand Serendipity’s contacts by attending marketing events and special events, inviting guests, arranging presentations, or hosting events that build awareness of Serendipity’s mission and work.
- Get to know other board members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
What is Serendipity Seeking in its Board Members?
Members of Serendipity’s Board of Directors have the general responsibilities to ensure organizational focus on our mission, to further our strategic goals, and to generate effectiveness and integrity within the Board of Directors.
- We seek candidates with a passion for the welfare of children. Serendipity needs board members with a true heart connection with our mission to educate and nurture troubled children. We seek those who share our commitment to help children who are among the most vulnerable and at-risk gain essential skills and positive direction.
- We seek board members who have a willingness to serve as ambassadors. Raising awareness of the mental health needs of children in our state is a priority. Implementation of Serendipity’s strategic goals depends on higher visibility and the formation of new relationships with leaders in our community. We seek board candidates interested in reaching out to and engaging their personal and business contact, as well as being a voice in the community at large.
- We seek board members prepared to support our organization with a financial gift consistent with their means. Further, we seek members interested in helping us establish connections to other resources. These might include corporations with philanthropic programs that focus on children’s issues. It might also include access to in-kind gifts or services that enhance our work (shoes, computers, art supplies, arts events, printing, media opportunities, etc.).
- We seek board members dedicated to governance guided by a sound understanding of our business model, ethical standards, and respectful collaboration processes.
- We seek board members who will actively engage in committee or project work and reliably complete tasks. We rely on our board to be a source of support and encouragement to staff members, other board members, and our community partners.
- We seek a board that embraces our commitment to being an inclusive and diverse agency. For our board to reflect this, we seek individuals that understand and represent paradigms, backgrounds, and experiences as diverse as our students and their families. These include individuals representing all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, ages, and abilities, to name a few. We also value, and seek the contribution of skills in a variety of areas, including finance, investment oversight, legal, advocacy, strategic planning, program development, marketing, media relations, mental health, education, children’s healthcare, and law enforcement.