Joyce Preschool is currently seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its board of directors. We invite individuals to nominate themselves or a colleague as a strategic fit for Joyce’s board of directors.

To submit a nomination, please write a short letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications and how they relate to Joyce Preschool’s strategic goals and board member responsibilities. Letters can be submitted in writing and sent to Joyce Preschool’s offices, or submitted via e-mail to

Please indicate in the letter if the submission is a self-nomination, or your connections and experience with the nominee. Please address letters to the attention of Sarah Clyne, executive director.


Board members:
– must be committed to advancing progress in the fields of early childhood education and bilingual education.
– need to bring expertise appropriate to one or more of Joyce Preschool’s goals as outlined in the strategic plan.
– are required to complete a two-year membership term.

Joyce will launch a new strategic plan in the 2014-15 fiscal year. The goals are as follows:

Goal 1 –
Maintain high quality programming

Goal 2 –
A) Roadmap for teacher development partnership
• Partner institutions / criteria for partnership
• Funding
B) Planning to expand this concept to other positions (parent outreach coordinator, etc.)

Goal 3 –
A) Implementation of teacher development program
• Evaluation and learning
• Sustainability
B) Professionalization of current staff roles

Goal 4 –
Planning for future growth

Time Commitment

The Joyce Preschool board of directors meets 5 times per year, plus an annual retreat. Meetings take place in September, November, January, March, and May on the second Wednesday from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Besides the board meetings, each director serves on a committee. Board membership requires between 8-10 hours a month.

Description of Position and Responsibilities

1. Determine mission and purpose. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and constituents served.

2. Select the executive director. Boards must reach consensus on the executive director’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.

3. Support and evaluate the executive director. The board should ensure that the executive director has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.

4. Ensure effective planning. Attend all board meetings, come prepared having read all materials, and serve on committees or task forces. Board members must be willing to take on special assignments, as needed. Boards must actively participate in an overall strategic planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.

5. Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and monitor their effectiveness.

6. Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.

7. Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.

8. Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.

9. Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms. This includes following conflict-of-interest, confidentiality, whistleblower policies, etc.

10. Community Relations. It is the responsibility of the board to enhance the organization’s public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to its supporters and constituents.

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