Board Opportunity
PS Science

Organization Profile

Mission Statement

The great minds of tomorrow are in elementary schools everywhere, but science is not. PS Science brings inspiring lessons to classrooms that cultivate a deep understanding of the world and grow students and teachers who are confident and inspired by science.

PS Science enables children and their teachers to:
• See beauty, wonder, and infinite opportunity
• Do science through active exploration & collaboration
• Know the joy of discovery & the power of knowledge

PS Science narrows the skill gap for children living in poverty, improving their odds for future academic and career success, by providing weekly, hands-on science education. Countless elementary school children do not receive formal science instruction, particularly in under-resourced communities.

Organization Description

PS Science supports classroom teachers in Title I elementary schools around Los Angeles with materials, curriculum and training so they can provide their students with regular and on-going science. With access to science from an early age, PS Science aims to ensure that all kids have an equal chance at the STEM careers of the future.

Service Area
Regional: Los Angeles County

Staff Size
8 people

Board Size
14 people

Average Board Tenure
6 years

Equity Statement

At PS Science, striving for justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (“JEDI”) for all is critical to our mission and values. We know that having a team that is diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, age, background, and opinions — and fostering inclusion among that team — is core to achieving our organizational goals. PS Science strives to recruit talent from a diverse pool of candidates and ensure that those professionals it hires and brings on to the board are sufficiently supported so that they flourish. The organization wants everyone to not only have a seat at the table, but to know that their presence and input makes the organization stronger.

Programming Area(s)
At-Risk Children and Youth, K-12 Education

http://www.psscience.org

Address

1000 W. Hillcrest Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301

Board Position

Term Length
3 years years

Position Description

Mission and Vision

• Safeguard and support the mission and vision of PS Science

• Be an active PS Science ambassador

    • Share our story
    • Make new friends
    • Know our history
    • Understand our programs

Fiduciary Responsibilities

    • PS Science is a top philanthropic priority
    • Annual personal contributions
    • Connections to other resources
    • Event support
  • Budget
    • Understand it
    • Participate actively
    • Revise as needed
  • Ensure adequate cash reserves

Leadership

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Avoid/Disclose conflicts of interest
  • Attend activities and events
  • Serve actively
    • board meetings
    • committee work
    • volunteer priority
    • support the ED
    • stay out of the weeds

Strategic Planning

  • Set strategic objectives and monitor progress
  • Plan for adequate financial resources
    • cash flow
    • adequate reserves
    • long range financial plan
  • Ensure stability of leadership/staffing
    • competitive salaries and benefits
    • Supportive culture

Estimated monthly time commitment
4 hours

Board charitable giving policy
PS Science Board Members agree to an annual give or get contribution equivalent in value to $10,000 which can be achieved by any combination of personal contribution, stewardship of giving from others, foundation connections, in kind donations of materials or services, corporate sponsorships, etc. The benefits each Board member brings to the organization are personal and unique to their talents and assets and we recognize each member's value in diverse ways. Per by-laws, certain exceptions can be made.

Desired board member experience/expertise
Corporate Executive
Elected or Appointed Public Official
IT
STEM professional

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