Volunteer Board Member - Roosevelt-Edison Charter School
Edison Learning, Inc. - Colorado Springs, CO

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Roosevelt-Edison Charter School is establishing a Board of Directors, commencing in February 2013.

Roosevelt-Edison Charter School (RECS) is a K-5 public charter school, chartered in partnership with Colorado Springs School District 11 and managed by EdisonLearning, Inc. The school has been in continuous operation as a charter school since 1996, serving approximately 700 students, RECS is the largest elementary school in D11 and serves the largest percentage of students who are English Language Learners. The school implements the EdisonLearning 5-Strand design to provide the greatest opportunities for student achievement and growth, including Assessment for Learning, Pedagogy and Curriculum, Student and Family Support, Learning Environment and Leadership. The school has received the following plan ratings from CDE in the School Performance Framework model: 2010-2011, Performance; 2011-2012, Performance; 2011-2012, Improvement.

Individuals should have an interest in providing oversight and guidance to our school, and should be willing to commit to at approximately 6-8 hours of volunteer time each month.

Board candidates should apply by February 14, 2013. Interested candidates should submit a letter regarding interest in serving on the Board, and include a resume or curriculum vitae that highlights skills and abilities that the applicant can bring to the Board. These should be emailed to Molly Stevens, HR Business Partner, EdisonLearning, molly.stevens@edisonlearning.com. Questions – 719-439-9841 or molly.stevens@edisonlearning.com.

Roosevelt Edison Charter School
Board of Directors, Position Description

General Responsibilities:
Responsible for ensuring that the academic program of Roosevelt-Edison Charter School is successful, that the school's program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, and that the school is a viable organization.

Specific Responsibilities:
1.Determine the mission and purpose of RECS and keep it clearly in focus
  • Create and periodically review the mission statement which:
a. Serves as a guide to organizational planning, board and staff decision-making, volunteer initiatives, and setting priorities among competing demands for scarce resources.
b. Is used as the vehicle for assessing program activities to ensure that the organization is not drifting away from its original purposes.
  • Understand and support the mission statement.
2.Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Approve an annual organizational plan that includes concrete, measurable goals consistent with the charter and accountability plan.
3.Ensure adequate resources
  • Approve fundraising targets and goals.
  • Assist in carrying out the development plan.
  • Make an annual gift at a level that is personally meaningful.
4.Manage resources effectively
  • Approve the annual budget.
  • Monitor budget implementation through periodic financial reports.
  • Approve accounting and personnel policies.
  • Provide for an independent annual audit by a qualified CPA.
  • Ensure the full board has the proper training to be effective stewards of public funding.
  • Ensure adequate insurance is in force to cover students, staff, visitors, the board and the assets of the school.
5.Determine, monitor and strengthen the programs and services
  • Assure programs and services are consistent with the mission and the charter.
  • Approve measurable organizational outcomes.
  • Approve annual, attainable board and management level goals.
  • Monitor progress in achieving the outcomes and goals.
  • Assess the quality of the program and services.
6.Enhance RECS's public standing
  • Serve as ambassadors, advocates and community representatives of the school.
  • Ensure that no board member represents her/himself as speaking on behalf of the board unless specifically authorized to do so.
  • Provide for a written annual report and public presentation that details RECS’s mission, programs, financial condition, and progress made towards charter promises.
  • Approve goals of an annual public relations program.
7.Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  • Establish policies to guide the school's board members and staff.
  • Develop and maintain adequate personnel policies and procedures (including grievance mechanisms).
  • Adhere to the provisions of the school's bylaws and articles of incorporation.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal laws and regulations that apply to the school.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal state and local government regulations.
8.Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance
  • Define board membership needs in terms of skill, experience and diversity.
  • Cultivate, check the credentials of and recruit prospective nominees.
  • Provide for new board member orientation.
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the full board and individual trustees.