Become a Board Member
Habitot Children's Museum seeks business, academic and civic leaders who are passionate about investing in young children. Children's success in reaching their potential has everything to do with their experiences in the critical first five years. Habitot helps children arrive at school ready to learn by providing enriching play-based experiences, supporting parents
and caregivers in developing their parenting skills and in embracing a diverse community.
Well-connected individuals are needed who can help the Museum build its internal capacity to support growth and stability. The following is a list of skill sets needed for our board:
Researcher who can help document the impact of museum programs utilizing strategic partnerships at schools and universities. Expert who can provide testimonials about the benefits of museum programs and can guide the development of services provided.
Individual who can oversee financial operations and the annual audit.
Well-connected liaison to potential partners among elected or appointed government officials, foundations, service agencies, non-profits, churches and family networks.
Small business owner who has addressed the challenges of growth while remaining financially stable. Creative individuals who can help develop the museum's existing or potential earned revenue streams.
Individual[s] who enjoy creating fundraising events or soliciting others for worthy causes.
Real Estate Developer
Knowledgeable guide to identifying and securing donated space for museum expansion.
Professional who can support the museum's branding and marketing efforts, or who can garner publicity in print or other media.
Attorney who can oversee compliance with organizational standards and regulations, and advise on employment law, intellectual property, contracts, landlord-lease, and other legal matters that arise.
Authority and Responsibility
The Board of Directors is the governing authority of Habitot
Children's Museum, a nonprofit organization. As a member of
the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the
community and is responsible for the effective governance
of the organization.
Qualifications and Skills
Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board
governance: cultural facilities, property development, legal,
finance, marketing/promotion, fundraising.
Directors are elected by the board at a quarterly meeting.
Directors serve for a two-year term.
- Commitment to the mission and work of the organization
- Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance:
cultural facilities, property development, legal, finance,
- Willingness to serve on at least one committee and actively
participate; attendance at Board meetings four times per
year, one annual meeting, and periodic committee conference
calls or meetings.
- An estimated time commitment of ten hours per month,
(includes Board preparation, meeting and committee meeting
- Stay informed on the programs and services provided by
Habitot Children's Museum and publicly support them. Prepare
for and participate in the discussions and the deliberations
of the Board.
- Lead by example with Habitot's fundraising efforts. Make
an annual monetary contribution that is your most significant
charitable giving while on the board.
- Governing Habitot Children's Museum in accordance with
the museum's bylaws.
- Promote Habitot's mission and help grow audience and membership
through community networking.
- Commit to boosting attendance of yearly fundraising luncheon
and other special events.
- Cultivate and/or initiate relationships with prospective
donors and supporters.
- Establish overall strategic direction, long and short
term goals, annual objectives and priorities for the Museum.
- Demonstrate leadership and commitment to organizational
Be aware of and disclose any personal and/or professional
conflict of interest.
- The pleasure and satisfaction of helping inspire young
children from all walks of life to a lifetime of learning
and creative expression.
- The joys of new friendships among like minded individuals.
- The fun and excitement of building a world class children's
museum for the East Bay.
How to Apply
By Postal Mail:
- Email us about your interest, embed your resume or job/work history into the email, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO ATTACHMENTS will be opened.
- Attn: Human Resources
Habitot Children's Museum
1563 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
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