Board Opportunity
kidSTREAM Children's Museum

Organization Profile

Mission Statement

KidSTREAM will provide an engaging environment where kids explore, play, and discover.

Organization Description

Fulfilling its mission through outreach even prior to securing its future home, kidSTREAM has reached and inspired over 30,000 children and families throughout Ventura County to date with informal STREAM-focused learning opportunities. kidSTREAM’s board of directors and volunteers have been actively enhancing the quality of life in our community, collaborating with other nonprofit community organizations including numerous Boys & Girls Clubs, Autism Society Ventura County, Foster VC Kids, Camp Keepsake, local public libraries and schools, to provide inspiring, hands-on, minds-on outreach with access for all, inclusive of all physical, emotional and economic abilities. At the same time, a strong foundation has been laid for building a sustainable, destination-worthy community asset that will benefit Ventura County’s children of all abilities for generations.

Service Area
Regional: Ventura County/Southern California

Staff Size
2 people

Board Size
16 people

Average Board Tenure
3 years

Equity Statement

kidSTREAM's Diversity Equity Access and Inclusion Policy

Background for the Board:
At its founding in 2016, kidSTREAM, Ventura County’s Children’s Museum, made a commitment to diversity and equity focusing on these concepts as essential to the organization. These commitments elevated diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as organizational values and centered the removal of systemic barriers that result in inequities in children’s outcomes a key action.

Policy Statement:
kidSTREAM acknowledges, respects and appreciates differences in age, ethnicity, Indigenous origin or heritage, gender, physical attributes, beliefs, language, sexual orientation, education, nationality, social background and culture or other personal characteristics. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, committees, workgroups, and volunteers.

kidSTREAM’s Commitment to DEAI:
kidSTREAM is committed to building a foundation of access, opportunity and success for children between birth and 8 years of age. To make this vision a reality, we seek to identify and remove systemic barriers and replace them with pathways to opportunity.

Ethnicity and race have been predictive factors in the life outcomes of children throughout our nation’s history and remains so today. Structural racism – implicit and explicit bias embedded in our systems, policies and practices – creates barriers to opportunity. These barriers produce inequities in outcomes for children of color on measures that matter.

For these reasons, kidSTREAM’s DEAI policy focuses explicitly, but not exclusively, on ethnic and racial equity and inclusion. We hold up ethniracial equity as a core value, acknowledging that confronting racism is an essential part of realizing our vision that kidSTREAM will inspire and empower kids to become critical thinkers, innovators, and life-long learners.

Our Beliefs:
• Museums are for everyone. Every child has the right to equitable opportunities and resources in order to realize her/his/their full potential.

• Inequities are created and maintained both intentionally and inadvertently through policies and practices that construct barriers to opportunity. Disparities in children’s health, education, and well-being outcomes can only be mitigated by intentionally focusing on root causes of inequities and on systems-level change.

• Using an explicit but not exclusive ethnoracial equity lens will both strengthen our own organizational policies, practices, and results, and also improve the systems that impact our region’s young children and their families.

• DEAI lens must be used to create curriculum, programming, and access for children and families, as well as in the ongoing developing of our Board of Directors, staff, and key stakeholders.

• We commit to collaboration among staff and the Board of Directors to keep racial equity at the center of our work to promote understanding, spearhead collaboration, and advance policies.

• We are dedicated to shaping and sustaining an inclusive and equitable work culture.

• We value the voices of people of color to make our work better and more responsive to the state we serve.

• We provide our staff and Board with opportunities for open, honest dialogue about the effects of systemic racism as well as opportunities for ongoing education in racial equity best practices, such as cultural competency and awareness of privilege and bias.

• We work to build meaningful relationships with groups representing diverse populations to support Board and staff recruitment efforts and to create powerful partnerships to impact outcomes for young children and their families.
By creating a shared vocabulary related to racial equity, we hope to be explicit about desired outcomes and create an open culture of social transformation through collaborative learning.
• Access: In education, the term access typically refers to the ways in which educational institutions and policies ensure—or at least strive to ensure—that individual have equal and equitable opportunities to take full advantage of their education.

• Bias: Thoughts and feelings are “implicit” if we are unaware of them or mistaken about their nature. We have a bias when, rather than being neutral, we have a preference for (or aversion to) a person or group of people. Thus, we use the term “implicit bias” to describe when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. A fairly commonplace example of this is seen in studies that show that white people will frequently associate criminality with black people without even realizing they’re doing it.

• Diversity: A collection of both differences and similarities in a group whether based on characteristics such as race, gender, age, or range of other identities or experiences.

• Inclusion: Authentically and intentionally engaging those from diverse backgrounds and abilities in processes and decision-making.

• Racial Equity: An analytical framework that acknowledges the impact of structural racism and proactively develops strategies and systems aimed at mitigating its effects on society. If racial equity is achieved, one’s racial identity no longer serves as a predictor of one’s life outcomes.
(Definitions adapted from Z. Smith Reynolds: https://www.zsr.org/definitions, https://perception.org/research/implicit-bias, and www.edglossary.org)

Programming Area(s)
Arts and Culture, At-Risk Children and Youth, Environment, K-12 Education, Nonprofits / Philanthropy

http://www.kidstream.org

Address

3100 N. Ponderosa Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

Board Position

Term Length
2 years years

Position Description

Board-Member-Job-Description.pdf

kidSTREAM Children’s Museum Board Member Job Description

Mission: kidSTREAM Children’s Museum's mission is to provide an engaging environment where kids explore, play and discover, empowering them to become critical thinkers, innovators and lifelong learners.

For more information, please kidSTREAM’s website at www.kidstream.org.

 

Position

The Board will support the work of kidSTREAM and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by kidSTREAM’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements kidSTREAM’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by kidSTREAM for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving kidSTREAM’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing kidSTREAM to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring kidSTREAM’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities kidSTREAM serves

Fundraising

kidSTREAM Board Members will consider kidSTREAM a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that kidSTREAM can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, kidSTREAM expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.  kidSTREAM also asks Board Members to support capital campaigns and special events.

Board terms/participation

kidSTREAM’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

Qualifications

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about kidSTREAM’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of the children, parents, and educators that kidSTREAM serves
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of kidSTREAM’s beneficiaries

Service on kidSTREAM’s Board of Directors is without financial remuneration, except reimbursements for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

[1] https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/board-roles-and-responsibilities

Estimated monthly time commitment
4 hours

Board charitable giving policy
kidSTREAM Board Members will consider kidSTREAM a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that kidSTREAM can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, kidSTREAM expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.  kidSTREAM also asks Board Members to support capital campaigns and special events.

Other key board roles and responsibilities
Board Roles & Responsibilities: Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission. One of the most important responsibilities for many boards is to hire and set the compensation of a talented CEO/executive director to run the day-to-day management activities of the organization. When there are paid staff in place, rather than steer the boat by managing day-to-day operations, board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight: think of them as up in the crow's nest scanning the horizon for signs of storms or rainbows to explore, perhaps with a pot of gold at the end! Yes, board members - your role as stewards of the nonprofits DOES involve fundraising. And...at the National Council of Nonprofits we are big promoters of the important role board members play as advocates for the nonprofit's mission.  

Desired board member experience/expertise
Accounting
HR
Legal

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