Board of Directors

Jane Addams Peace Association

Posted: 5/1/2020

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: New York

Postal code: 10017

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

To deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue, and social action. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Leadership, Governance & Oversight

The Board is composed of a President and Vice President, or Co-Presidents, as well as other members, up to a total of nine. Each member serves on at least two of the Board’s standing committees, chairing one. Those committees are the Executive Committee, Board Development Committee, Finance Committee, Resource Development Committee, Marketing Committee and Program Committee. 

Board Member Expectations

  • Participate in two-day board meetings in April and October (note: the October 2020 meeting will be virtual)
  • Participate in the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony and activities (2021 and onward)
  • Participate in virtual meetings (during a period of challenges we have been meeting monthly, but our goal is quarterly meetings)
  • Serve on 1-2 committees and/or working groups
  • Provide feedback on initiatives
  • Use Slack and JAPA email for communication
  • Anticipate 8-10 hours of time per month
  • Actively support fundraising and development activities to support the organization’s mission

Directors are elected to serve a three-year term and can be selected for a second three-year term.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the Jane Addams Peace Association mission and who has a track record of board leadership, activism, and/or work with young people.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in education, youth programming, publishing, fundraising, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of JAPA’s youth beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • An affinity for cultivating relationships and convening, facilitating, dialoguing, and building consensus among diverse individuals

Currently, we are additionally seeking board members especially with the following areas of professional expertise and lived experience to ensure diverse board membership for equitable and informed decision making:

  • Skill Sets of legal expertise for nonprofits, communications, fundraising, web development, and children’s literature
  • Networks of librarians, affinity groups and organizations (NAACP, Latinx Chamber of Commerce etc.), Social Justice Book Community, Government, and Philanthropic Community
  • People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and disability statuses

Serving on the board is a volunteer position without remuneration. JAPA reimburses travel expenses to the in-person board meeting in accordance with our travel policy.


Not Specified


Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Each candidate for the JAPA Board of Directors is nominated by a proposer or may nominate themselves.

The candidate is to complete the application form below as well as the Prospective Board Demographic Survey (answers to the survey are optional, but help us to continue to pursue diversity, equity and inclusion goals among decisionmakers). Along with the completed application form, please include: two letters of support and a resume or curriculum vitae.

Please submit all documents via email to the Board President, Susan Freiss at [email protected] and the Board Development Committee Chair, Rachel Vinciguerra, at [email protected].

Please fill out the PDF application linked here and submit via email with your name in the document title. Contact Susan and Rachel with questions via the emails above.

Applications are due on June 15, 2020.


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