Board Member

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Posted: 6/16/2020

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: New York

Postal code: 10004

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

The mission of DCSC is to catalyze and support the creation and expansion of high-quality diverse public charter schools through strategic research, advocacy, membership activities, and outreach.

Position Details:

Job Description:

DCSC believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is a crucial component of its strategy and success as an organization. All DCSC board members are expected to actively support and implement practices within and across the organization to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Coalition. The DCSC Board of Directors is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization.  All DCSC directors are required to fulfill this legal and fiduciary obligation. 

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are intended to guide each director, and to provide an understanding of what is expected from the board above and beyond the legal requirements.


Board Directors, therefore, should be familiar with the following:

  1. DCSC’s mission statement, program areas and strategic plan

  2. The basic staffing and structure of DCSC

  3. Bylaws of DCSC

  4. DCSC Board Responsibilities

  5. DCSC Annual Board Commitment

General Oversight: Although the Board of Directors is not expected to make operating decisions, it must perform certain critical oversight functions, in addition to those listed above:

  1. Hiring, supporting and annually evaluating the Executive Director

  2. Recruiting and acclimating members of the Board of Directors

  3. Creating and implementing board procedures

  4. Reviewing the performance of the Board of Directors and individual board members annually

  5. Ensuring compliance with and periodically updating the DCSC bylaws

  6. Providing strategic direction, which includes regular reviews of the DCSC mission, vision and values, and active maintenance and delivery on strategic plans

  7. Providing oversight regarding legal contracts and concerns

  8. Formulating policies

  9. Advocating for and promoting DCSC


Fiscal Oversight: The Board of Directors must provide broad fiscal oversight, including the adoption of an annual budget, quarterly review of revenue and expenses, and review of tax forms and audits. Board members are expected to serve in a fiduciary capacity, utilizing their judgment and discretion for the benefit of DCSC.


Fundraising and development: As a non-profit agency, fundraising and development are vital to the success of DCSC. One of the most important functions of the board is to assist and oversee DCSC’s fundraising efforts. Consistent with this, all board members are expected to do the following:

  1. Identifying and evaluating prospects, cultivating and soliciting gifts, actively supporting development programs, and offering personal acknowledgments to donors and volunteers, raising at least $5000 annually.

  2. Providing leadership, contributing ideas and actively advocating for the fundraising and development efforts of the DCSC.

  3. Making a personally significant financial gift annually. A board member’s financial gift should be made prior to June Board meeting.

  4. Soliciting the financial support of others in addition to his or her personal contribution.


Involvement in Board Meetings, Committee Meetings, Organizational Support and Events: Board members are expected to actively participate in board meetings and serve on at least one board committee. If a Director is absent from 25% of board meetings or more meetings without advance notice to and approval of the Secretary, or 25% of committee meetings without advance notice to the Committee Chair, he or she may be asked to resign. Board members provide 16 hours per year outside of board meetings and committee meetings. Board Members are strongly encouraged to attend DCSC’s public events. Board members should attend at least one national convening during the two year term. Secretaries will mark attendance “Present,” “Absent” or “Excused.” 


Officers: Officers of the Board of Directors are expected to fulfill the responsibilities of a board member, in addition to the specific responsibilities of the officer position held

Length of terms: By agreeing to serve DCSC, a member of the Board of Directors agrees to participate in a two year term. A board member may serve 3 consecutive 2-year terms for a total of 6 years. After serving 3 consecutive terms, a board member will  rotate off the board for one (1) year unless determined otherwise by the governance committee. During this time, they may choose to still participate in board committees but will not be part of the formal Board of Directors. After a one-year hiatus, the member may reapply to the board of directors.


The ideal candidate will possess

  • A strong track record of successfully leading non-profits and/or governing non-profit boards

  • A proven ability to support organizational and strategic growth through fundraising

  • A passion for education and a belief in school choice, in particular charter schools, as a potential means for improving educational opportunity

  • A commitment to our core values

    • Diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another.

    • Diversity is a cost-effective method of boosting student achievement.

    • Diverse schools promote the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints.

    • Diverse schools invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together.

    • Charter schools can and should contribute to solving the historic challenge of integrating our public school system.

    • Achieving diversity often requires deliberate efforts through recruitment, admissions policies and school design.

    • Diverse charter schools promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same high quality educational opportunities.


Not Specified


Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please develop a short cover letter and submit with an updated resume to Executive Director Sonia Park  at [email protected]


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