SOS Seeks New Board Members
Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts. Through its programming, SOS provides access to the work of visual artists living or working in Somerville. We provide opportunities to view art made within the community, interact with local artists, and visit spaces where art is created.
Since 2004, SOS has been managed by a board of directors comprised of participating artists and arts supporters who generally meet once a month to guide the overall direction, operation and finances of SOS. We are currently seeking new board members who are invested in serving the visual arts community of Somerville and who may be interested in serving one or more terms on the board.
To be considered, please submit a letter of interest via email by 5:00 pm on Sunday May 17, 2015. Refer to full details below for information on the responsibilities of the board and the application process.
Board of Directors Role & Responsibilities
Duties of The Board
Determine mission, vision, goals, strategies
The board is responsible for creating and reviewing a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization's goals, means, and primary constituents served.
Determine, monitor, strengthen programs and services
The board is responsible for determining which programs are consistent with SOS's mission and to monitor their effectiveness.
Enhance the organization's public standing
The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
Provide financial oversight
The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
Ensure adequate resources
A foremost board responsibility is to provide adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission, by cultivating a fundraising and grant writing component.
Ensure legal and ethical integrity / Maintain accountability
The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
Recruit and orient new board members / Assess board performance
The board is responsible for articulating prerequisites for candidates, orienting new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluating its own performance.
Select the Event Coordinator
The board must reach consensus on the coordinatorís responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
Support the Event Coordinator / Assess Performance
The board should ensure that the coordinator has the moral and professional support needed to further the goals of SOS.
Board Member Responsibilities
- Attend board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events
- Be familiar with SOSís mission, services, policies, and programs
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings
- Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments
- Inform others in the community about SOS
- Suggest future board nominees who can make significant contributions
- Stay current with other developing open studio models
- Understand SOS finances
- Be willing to commit time and energy to SOS
- A demonstrated commitment to the visual arts
- A strong commitment to SOS and its mission
- Experience and skills supporting the effective operation of SOS and its continued viability and success
Desired Areas of Experience
- Participation in or support of the visual arts
- Oversight of large scale events - developing processes, project management, familiarity with coordinating a volunteer base, technical know-how / understanding
- Community outreach, member communications, marketing, writing, media/PR, website expertise
- Effective oversight and support of executive and volunteer staff
- Promotion of organizations' positive reputation
- Development skills such as grant writing and soliciting donations
- Financial, accounting, legal and/or non-profit management
Ability to strategize, think clearly and creatively, take initiative, and work both individually and collaboratively.
Willingness to prepare and attend board meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on projects, understand and open doors in the various constituencies in the Somerville community.
Willingness to develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
Open to listening to the ideas of others, staying sensitive and tolerant to divergent views, sustaining a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, developing community-building skills, maintaining personal integrity, having concern for your nonprofit's development, and keeping a sense of humor.
Time Commitment & Financial
The board generally holds evening meetings monthly throughout the year. One should anticipate additional time outside the meetings, both to engage in email correspondence to address issues between meetings and for specific tasks taken on by board members, whether individually, in small groups or through committees. There is no financial commitment required by board members, nor is there any financial compensation.
Please submit a resume describing your experience in visual art and non-profit organizations, along with a cover letter which describes your interest in joining the SOS board. Please state the ways in which your background and experience align with the qualifications and attributes of a SOS board member.
Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications sent by 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2015 will receive full consideration. Questions may be directed to the same address.