Age Minimum (with Adult): 21+, Minimum Age:21+
Launch is looking for energetic, committed board members who are passionate about expanding access to quality learning programs for our King County's children!
Founded in 1977, Launch is a nonprofit organization that partners with families, schools, and communities across Seattle to ensure that children have equitable, affordable access to a brilliant start in learning and life. Known for the excellence of our preschool, before & after school, and summer programs, we provide children ages 3-12 with the highest-quality care and learning in a safe, fun and nurturing environment that honors the whole child. Our programs are offered at 12 locations in Central, Southeast, and West Seattle and serve more than 1,000 children each year.
It’s an exciting time at Launch - our agency is entering a period of growth and we’re looking for passionate, creative, committed, qualified people to join our Board of Directors and help guide our organization through these changes. The Launch Board of Directors plays a vital role in supporting our mission by providing strategic and financial oversight of our organization. Board members grow personally and professionally while they tackle issues that require creativity, planning, and strategic decision-making. They deepen existing skills and learn new skills while making choices that determine the long-term future of our agency.
Our leadership wants to expand the skill set our board members possess and ensure that our board represents the diverse perspectives of the communities we serve. We’re looking for a wide range of skills and experience including:
- Nonprofit Management
- Launch Parent/Guardian
- Human Resources
- Fundraising and Marketing
- Education, especially Elementary and Early Learning expertise
- Business Administration
Board service provides members with the opportunity to give back to the community, learn new skills, and make a significant difference in the lives of children and families.
“I feel more engaged in my life when I’m on the board. Children’s issues are so vital and this board keeps me involved in them – I feel like our work really makes a difference.” - Launch Board Member Nicholas Heyer
An active level of commitment is required. Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to Launch and are expected to read information and prepare themselves prior to attending meetings. They govern with a respect for roles, policy-making principles, and dedication to the ongoing development of the Launch Board itself. Board members are also expected to actively support agency fundraising efforts. They serve a two-year term but may serve for additional terms.
The Launch board meets once per month for two hours in the evening, except during August and December. Board meetings are usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. If a Board member also serves on the executive committee, there is an additional two hour commitment per month. Board members can also volunteer at Launch events.
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