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Board of Director Positions & Applications


Mission:  Shepherd Elementary Star Achievers is a private nonprofit 501c3 organization.  Our mission is to bridge the gap between the educational, artistic and technological divide within the community.   At Star Achievers we believe that nothing is out of reach for our children.  We have carefully designed a range of programs aimed to compliment our scholar’s diverse academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural interests. 


Position:  The Board will support the work of SESSA and provide mission based leadership and strategic governance.  While day to day operations are led by the SESSA Program Director and Operations Manager, the Board-SESSA relationship is a partnership and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about SESSA’s mission and who has motivation to support the program and the community it serves. 


Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Participate regularly by attending scheduled board meetings, committee meetings as assigned, orientation sessions and special meetings as appropriate. Attend all special events and functions such as training programs, fundraisers, and major events. 

  • Promote the mission, goals, and objectives of Star Achievers to increase public awareness, understanding and support of the organization.

  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

  • Approving SESSA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Participation with other Board members and staff in the formulation, updating, and approval of long range strategies and objectives;

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the projects and programs and assure         these projects and programs are progressing toward achieving stated objectives

  • Assure a process is in place to select, employ, and periodically evaluate the performance of the Program Director. 

  • Commit to serve on at least one standing committee and to accept special assignments.

  • Nomination and election of members and officers of the Board;

  • Assisting with fund raising in support of the SESSA’s programs



  • Election to a two year term (except when filling an unexpired term), subject to re-election.

  • Service on SESSA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration




The following skills or knowledge are useful in serving on the Board: 

  • Willing to accept and promote the mission, goals and objectives of Star Achievers.

  • Experience serving on or working with other non-profit boards

  • Knowledge of financial, legal, fundraising, programmatic areas relevant to SESSA program and organizational management

  • Leadership or participation in the community and is willing to provide that expertise to the operation of the Board and its committees.

  • Able and willing to serve effectively as a public representative of the organization and involve others in the work of Star Achievers


Time Commitment


Regular Meetings                                       Estimated Time Demands

Monthly board meetings                   2 hours/ month  - meetings are often conducted via conference call

Committee meetings                         2-4 hours every month



SESSA Board President

  • Oversees board and executive committee meetings

  • Works in partnership with the Program Director to make sure board resolutions are carried out

  • Calls special meetings if necessary

  • Assists Program Director in preparing agenda for board meetings

  • Assists Program Director in conducting new board member orientation

  • Oversees searches for a Program Director

  • Coordinates Program Director annual performance evaluation

  • Works with the Board to recruit new board members

  • Acts as an alternate spokesperson for the organization

  • Periodically consults with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance


SESSA Vice President

  • Attend all board meetings

  • Serve on the executive committee if one exists

  • Carry out special assignments as requested by the board chair

  • Understand the responsibilities of the board chair and be able to perform these duties in the chair's absence

  • Participate as a vital part of the board leadership

SESSA Secretary

  • Attend all board meetings

  • Serve on the executive committee if one exists

  • Ensure the safety and accuracy of all board records

  • Take and review board minutes

  • Assume responsibilities of the chair in the absence of the board chair, chair-elect, and vice chair


SESSA Treasurer

  • Attend all board meetings

  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives

  • Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations

  • Serve as the chair of the finance committee

  • Manage, with the finance committee, the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Director to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis

  • Present the annual budget to the board for approval

  • Review the annual audit and answer board members' questions about the audit

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Star Achievers and donating your time and talent, please download the application and return it to: by no May 17, 2019.

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