01 Apr A Casting Call for New Board Members

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We are adding two additional spots to our founding board of directors and need your help identifying great candidates. Applicants should have a passion for education, innovation and giving every child an equal chance to succeed. They should be excited about the Tiny Trees Preschool model and have the tolerance for uncertainty and change and the creativity needed to help a start-up thrive. And lastly, since most of the responsibilities of a board member are relationship based this person should be excited about people and harnessing the power of their social networks to bring high quality preschool and a vibrant, nature rich childhood to thousands of children in Puget Sound.

Board members are responsible for the financial health of an organization and as a result 2/3 of this position is related to fundraising. Board members are ambassadors who tell the Tiny Trees story in the community and build allies and partnerships. Board members plan our fundraising events and invite guests. They help build relationships with local foundations or corporations. They reach out and say “Hey, this is awesome and you should be a part of it.”

The remaining third of the position is governing the organization and strategic planning. Tiny Trees is a small start-up with big dreams. We aim to build enough preschools in the Puget Sound region to make an impact on the market price of preschool so that family and government dollars stretch further and even more children have access to a great education. Board members will help create the plan for how to get there and build the healthy, transparent and effective organization needed to turn the plan into tiny rubber boots on the ground.

Auditions will be held in April – please spread the word widely. If you are interested or know someone amazing please contact Andrew Jay at andrew@tinytrees.org to schedule an interview.

Some specific skills and corporate networks that we are seeking are:

  • Public relations, marketing and communications.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft and other organizations with matching employee gift programs.
  • Amazon, Google, Facebook and other technology companies.
  • REI, Outdoor Research and other outdoor industry companies.
  • Professional fundraising experience (a development director preferably with major gift expertise).
  • Early childhood education expertise, especially in regards to navigating WA State’s Department of Early Learning and City of Seattle’s preschool subsidies.
  • Starbucks and the craft food, wine and spirits world.
  • People who love to throw parties and plan events.

By Andrew A. Jay
CEO Tiny Trees Preschool

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