Board Member

Coalitions were created in statute to oversee and improve the readiness and successful outcomes of children birth to kindergarten in the community (F.S. 411.01 and F.S. 1002). The Governor appoints the Chair and additional private sector members. More than one-third of the members of each Early Learning Coalition must be private sector business members within the geographic region served by the Coalition. A minimum of 18 and a maximum of 35 may serve on the local Coalition Board.

Board Roles

  • Establish strategic direction
  • Ensure resources are available
  • Provider oversight / accountability
  • Ensure legal and ethical operations: Government in the Sunshine

Basic Responsibilities

  • Determine mission and purpose
  • Select, evaluate, and support the executive director
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Ensure adequate resources
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the Coalition’s programs and services
  • Enhance the Coalition’s public standing
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  • Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance
  • Provide outreach and advocacy for Coalition’s mission

Early Learning Coalition

  • Board Member Expectation Statement
  • Attend board meetings, special committee meetings, special
    events as appropriate
  • Be knowledgeable and informed of the Coalition’s mission,
    vision, and overall purpose
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to the
    meetings and contribute positively to the discussion
  • Become familiar with the Bylaws and follow them
  • Recognize that the only employee of the board is the executive
    director; the executive director directs the activities of the staff
  • Become knowledgeable about the field of early care and
    education and the importance of quality experiences birth
    to five
  • Serve as an ambassador promoting the work of the Coalition
  • Abide by a code of ethics and Government in the Sunshine laws
  • Exercise fiduciary oversight by reviewing financial information
    and asking relevant questions
  • Participate in the annual evaluation of the executive director
  • Participate in an annual self-assessment for board members

Personal Characteristics Desired

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, work well in
    groups and listen to the thoughts and opinions of others
  • Willingness to leverage relationships in personal and
    professional spheres of influence to further the work of
    the Coalition
  • Willingness to work and problem solve with individuals of
    diverse backgrounds and ethnicity demonstrating mutual
  • Respect for and adherence to governing laws of the Coalition
  • Friendliness, responsiveness, honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor are paramount
Do you have the flexibility to attend meetings during work hours (8-5)?(Required)
Do you have the flexibility to attend meetings after hours?(Required)
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