Inventive’s overall mission is to change people’s lives with technology. One of the ways we are looking to accomplish this is through our nonprofit organization – Inventive Cares. We are working through the process of setting this entity up as a 501(c)(3). Before we can do that, we must identify our initial board members. We are working hard to find folks that are passionate about our mission and the can dedicate the time and effort that launching this organization will require. We have identified some candidates already, but we could use your help to find folks that might be a good fit for this board. If you, or someone you know, is passionate about helping change people’s lives through technology and would like to be considered for membership in our Inventive Cares board, please read through the job description below and contact us at [email protected].

Mission

Inventive Cares mission is to change people’s lives with technology.

Inventive Cares does this through scholarship programs, for women, veterans, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented populations in the tech world, to Inventive Academy’s tech programs, including their 6-month full stack development boot camp. Inventive Cares believes in community outreach and does varying free tech courses throughout the community broadening its population outreach. Inventive Cares also offers grants to nonprofits in need of development work. Ultimately Inventive Cares wants to see a diverse tech world, one with equality throughout.

Position

The Board of Directors will support the work of Inventive Cares and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Due to Inventive Cares being a new non-profit the board will have greater responsibility in the day to day functioning of the organization. The Board of Directors will be made up of the Board President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 7 other directors.

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interest of the organization and its community and will bring to the task of informed decision-making, a broad knowledge, and an inclusive perspective.
  • Participate in the creation, review, and upholding of the organization’s mission, objectives, and strategic plan.
  • Create metrics that regularly measure Inventive Cares performance, effectiveness, and impact.  
  • Review agendas and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Approve Inventive Cares annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Work with the board President in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Ensure Inventive Care’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Inventive Cares serves.
  • Partner with board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
  • Serve on committees or task forces, taking on special assignments, including working with the Scholarship Selection Committees to determine the scholarship recipients.  
  • Represent Inventive Cares to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Keep informed about community issues relevant to the mission and objectives of the Association.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the board itself.
  • Within the first 1-2 years the board will also be responsible for:
    • Day to day tasks concerning scholarships, communication with potential recipients or the Scholarship Selection Committee.
    • Awarding the scholarships on behalf of Inventive Cares.
    • Tracking all financial data and keeping accounting tabs.
    • Tracking and participating in fundraising efforts and maintaining relationships with donors.
    • Social media management.
    • Attending events, and meetings with potential community partners.
  • Should an Executive Director (ED) be hired the following responsibilities will also apply:
    • Participate in the hiring of the ED.
    • Serve as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements Inventive Care’s mission, objectives, and strategic plan.
    • Contribute to an annual performance evaluation of the ED.

Specific Positions

  • The Board President shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the board of directors, supervise and control the affairs of the corporation and the activities of the officers. :
    • Ensure good board practices including the effectiveness of meetings and adherence to by-laws and other board rules.
    • Ensure that board members are aware of their duties, communicate with each board member, and track what they are working on.
    • Schedule and run the board meetings.
      • In the event that the president must be absent from a board meeting, temporary duties may be rotated to other board members.
    • Represent the organization at meetings of stakeholders and potential donors, be the face of the organization, until an ED is found.
    • The president is not the ED of the organization and has no authority over staff unless such authority is explicitly delegated to him/her by the Board. This authority will be given until an ED is hired.
  • The Vice President
    • In the absence of the president, or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the vice president shall perform all the duties of the president, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions on, the president.
  • The Secretary is responsible for:
    • Documenting the work of the board. This includes the recording of minutes or notes of meetings, the recording of board policies, maintaining a list of current board members, issuing notices of meetings, board correspondence and the submission of legal documents.
    • Store all of the above documents.
    • Send out all board minutes to the other members.
  • Certify and keep at the principal office of the corporation the original, or a copy, of these bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date.
  • Keep at the principal office of the corporation or at such other place as the board may determine, a book of minutes of all meetings of the directors, recording therein the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, how called, how notice thereof was given, the names of those present or represented at the meeting, and the proceedings thereof.
  • Ensure that the minutes of meetings of the corporation, any written consents approving action taken without a meeting, and any supporting documents pertaining to meetings, minutes, and consents shall be contemporaneously recorded in the corporate records of this corporation. “Contemporaneously” in this context means that the minutes, consents, and supporting documents shall be recorded in the records of this corporation by the later of (1) the next meeting of the board or (2) sixty (60) days after the date of the meeting or written consent.
  • See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law.
  • Be custodian of the records.
  • Exhibit at all reasonable times to any director of the corporation, or to his or her agent or attorney, on request therefor, the bylaws, and the minutes of the proceedings of the directors of the corporation.
  • In general, perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and such other duties as may be required by law, by the articles of incorporation, or by these bylaws, or which may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the board of directors.
  • The Treasurer is responsible for:
    • Ensuring that the Board understands the financial affairs and resources of the organization.
    • Making a presentation of the current financial standing of the organization at each board meeting, including reporting the current bank account standing,  generating a profit/loss and cash flow analysis, as well as tracking donations.
    • Working with the other board member to complete the 990 and then file it annually.   
    • Manage the finances, and payment for services or fees incurred until such time as the ED or other staff member takes on this role.
      • When an ED is hired, the treasurer’s role should not add to or reduce the accountability of the Executive Director for the financial management of the organization including its adherence to budget.
    • Have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of the corporation, and deposit all such funds in the name of the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the board of directors.
    • Receive, and give a receipt for, monies due and payable to the corporation from any source whatsoever.
    • Disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the corporation as may be directed by the board of directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements.
    • Keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the corporation’s properties and business transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, and losses.
    • Exhibit at all reasonable times the books of account and financial records to any director of the corporation, or to his or her agent or attorney, on request therefor.
    • Render to the president and directors, whenever requested, an account of any or all of his or her transactions as treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation.
    • Prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, the financial statements to be included in any required reports.
    • In general, perform all duties incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as may be required by law, by the articles of incorporation of the corporation, or by these bylaws, or which may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the board of directors.

Fundraising

Inventive Cares Board Members will consider Inventive Cares a philanthropic priority. This includes representing Inventive Cares to their network and soliciting funds. It is highly encouraged that each board member makes an annual financial contribution to Inventive Cares.

Board terms/participation

Each director shall hold office for a period of three years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies. Directors are eligible for reappointment of one further term. Any director wishing to return is eligible to return after being gone for a minimum of one year. The board members who represent Inventive Group are not held to terms.  

Authority

Individual board members have no authority to approve actions by the organization, to direct staff, or to speak on behalf for the organization unless given such authority by the board.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about seeing a more diverse tech world and who has a track record of good leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in development/engineering, business, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

We care most about being the right fit. The right fit would be someone who is:

  • Passionate about seeing the tech world diversified and doing this by giving people life-changing scholarships to help them change their lives through technology.
  • Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in business, development/engineering, philanthropy, STEM outreach, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Inventive Cares mission, with a specific commitment to Inventive Cares for-profit brother company.
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Time to dedicate to the success of Inventive Cares.

Service on Inventive Cares Board of Directors is without remuneration.

 

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