Board Member
Project Adventure

719 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Board Member

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Our board Project Adventure Board Members serve as advocates and champions of PA's work. Like many boards, we have three main committees: finance, development, and governance, with plans to develop a DEI committee in the new year. What makes our board unique is the opportunity to help this organization at a time of major renewal. After 50 years, having survived Covid and in fact come out stronger, and with a new Executive Director at the helm, we are redefining our organization and moving into a time of innovation. We have a deep history and a bright future! As we explode with growth, we're looking for Board members to join us and contribute to the next phase of Project Adventure's development both locally and nationwide. In the true spirit of adventure, we are also determined to marry responsibility with joy: we are building a board that is excited to work together, to serve this organization, and to have fun doing it!
Position As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board as a collective is responsible for:

  • determining the mission and purposes of the organization

  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the CEO/Executive Director

  • supporting the CEO/Executive Director in achieving the strategic plan and vision

  • strategic and organizational planning

  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management

  • fundraising and resource development

  • enhancing Project Adventure's public image

  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of Project Adventure

Member Expectations:

Members of the Board of Directors are advocates for, and governors of, the mission and operations of Project Adventure. Each board member is expected to:

  • Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs

  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements

  • Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission and maintain stability

  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to help the organization fully achieve its mission

  • Give a meaningful personal financial donation - among the top, if not the top, charitable gift made each year

  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing

  • Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings

  • Participate fully in one or more committees for at least 12 months of their term

Annual Commitment:

  • A minimum of 5 board meetings each year – 4 held virtually (Zoom), and 1 in-person annually.

  • Members are asked to participate in at least one committee; options include Finance, Governance, and Development, with occasional special committees formed for events or special projects. Committee meetings are 1 hour each, held virtually (Zoom), usually 1 per month.

  • Participation in at least 1 Project Adventure workshop, retreat, or training each year (most held in person at our Beverly, MA location; some options for virtual learning).

  • A meaningful financial contribution to the organization’s general fund each year, which can be a personal gift or generated from fundraising efforts, or both (“Give/Get”). The average Give/Get across all board members is $10,000 annually, but the goal is unique to each board member’s individual capacity.

Terms:  Board of Director terms are 3 years. Members may serve for up to 3 consecutive terms.
Desired skills
Accounting, Business Development, Digital Marketing, Diversity/Inclusion, Event Management, Fundraising, Graphic Design, Human Resources, Strategy Consulting
When once every-other month, October-June, in the evenings; one board retreat in-person in September
Where Zoom
Commitment 1 to 3 hours/month
Donation Organization requires a specific amount of “give or get” for all board members.
Requirements We typically hold 5 board meetings on Zoom bi-monthly from October to June (1-2 hour each), and one board retreat in-person each September. If serving on a committee, an additional 10-20 hours of meeting time can be expected annually. Ability to travel to Massachusetts for one annual board retreat each year is required. We ask all board members to contribute financially to the organization each year and to set giving goals according to their own ability. We are looking for members who are excited to create a positive impact on schools and communities, to honor and celebrate diversity, to confront systems of inequity and oppression, to engage in continuous learning, and to embrace the spirit of adventure. Bring curiosity, diligence, and readiness to hit the ground running!
On-boarding A 1.5-day orientation is offered annually for new members, combining background on the organization, opportunity to observe our work in action, and training on fiscal management and board service as needed. New board members will be paired with an existing board member as a mentor and guide for the first 6 months of their role, and longer if requested. They will have the opportunity to meet with the organization's founder to learn about our history and current leadership and staff members to learn about our present and future. New members are also encouraged to attend a Project Adventure workshop each year and read some of Project Adventure's publications, to familiarize themselves with our methodology, philosophy, and how we make our impact.
Additional Info Project Adventure is a growing organization looking for board members who are excited to help inform the direction we take in the next 3-5 years. We have multiple special projects that board members are involved in currently, including:  a 50th Anniversary fundraising event (celebrated in October of 2022); an upcoming capital campaign to raise funds for a new location; and the design and build of a new "home," including office space and a new challenge course, ideally completed in 2025.  We are also starting new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging work and hope to have a board committee focused on this in the near future. As an experiential learning organization, our meetings are interactive and dynamic, even as we are diligent overseers of fiscal health and strategic strength. We are looking for members who are eager to learn with us, advocate for us, and help us grow!
Our mission

Project Adventure advances the learning and development of people, schools, and communities through the power of adventure.

Children, Education, Life Skills