Board Openings

There are three private sector seat openings on the Board of Directors at this time. Below is a list of responsibilities and roles for Board members. There are two gubernatorial appointment seat vacancies. If you are interested in joining the Coalition’s Board of Directors, please contact Tony Loupe, Chief Executive Officer, at 772-595-6424.  
 
Responsibilities of Early Learning Coalitions
 
Coalitions were created to oversee and improve the readiness and successful outcomes of children from birth to kindergarten age in the community (F.S.411.01 and F.S. 1002). The governor appoints the Chair and two additional private sector members. A maximum of 22 members may serve on the Coalition board.
 
Board Roles 
  • Establish strategic direction
  • Ensure resources are available
  • Provide 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
  • 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  
 
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  Respect for and adherence to governing laws of the Coalition
  • Friendliness, responsiveness, honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor are paramount 
     
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 an annual self-assessment for board members

Spotlights