2018 Call for New Board Members

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We seek three individuals to join our board who have diverse backgrounds and life experiences that will help further our mission and build upon our base. We are a young non-profit with an entrepreneurial spirit, and we are looking for individuals interested in helping to steer the course of our growth and impact as part of a hands-on working board. Candidates should not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and pitch in, regardless of their primary area of expertise.

About us

Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens is building community through experiential food and agriculture education rooted in Jewish text, tradition and culture. Facilitating a connection between Judaism, food, and agriculture breathes new life into Jewish tradition, community, and identity and engages the Jewish community in the question of how to feed ourselves and the world in a just and sustainable manner.

Qualifications & Expectations

  • Support the mission, values, and vision of Beantown Jewish Gardens and be committed to the advancement of the organization.  
    • Act as an ambassador and represent the board and organization in a knowledgeable, professional manner.  
    • Participate in strategic visioning and assessment.
    • Candidates must show willingness and commitment to get to know the organization and the environment in which it operates.
  • Actively participate in bi-monthly meetings and other special meetings.
    • Be prepared for all conversations and meetings and complete assigned tasks on time.
    • Give and take honest feedback – be willing to listen with an open mind.
    • Utilize established online communication platforms.
  • Take on an active leadership role.
    • Be an active member of one project area to help sustain and grow the nonprofit in building organizational structures.
    • Work directly with the Executive Director and other Board members outside of meetings.
    • Attend and support some of the organization’s events.
  • Participate in development and fundraising to ensure the organization has adequate resources to deliver its mission.
    • Develop, review and evaluate annual budget on a regular basis.
    • Engage in fundraising activities, including but not limited to reaching out to personal networks, making targeted asks, writing grant applications, and identifying additional funding opportunities.
  • Help ensure legal and ethical integrity of the organization as a registered 501(c)3, via the annual performance review process, conflict of interest policy, and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Especially important to us at this stage of organization are team members with one or more of the following areas of expertise and qualities:
    • Development, marketing/communications, strategic planning, or entrepreneurship.
    • Want and ability to take on office administration responsibilities;
    • Connections in the Jewish and/or farming communities;
    • Prior non-profit board expertise.
  • Commit to 1-year renewable term beginning in November 2018.

Application Process

The call for new Board Members will be shared and active recruitment will occur throughout August and September 2018.  Applications are due by Thursday, October 4, 2018, after which candidates will be evaluated and interviewed. New Board Members will be formally approved at our board meeting in November 2018 after which they will receive an orientation to the board.  New members will be expected to attend their first board meeting in January 2019.

For more information or to make a nomination, please contact Hannah Levine, President of Beantown Jewish Garden Board of Directors, at levine.hannah@gmail.com or 412-760-9038.

The application is available here.