Board Member
IDEA Public Schools

Cincinnati, OH 45204
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PositionAs IDEA prepares to launch its first two Cincinnati schools in 2022, the network seeks to recruit founding members for its IDEA Cincinnati Board of Directors.The IDEA Cincinnati Board will operate as a local board to provide governance, oversight, and connectivity with the communities IDEA serves, as well as providing local context for sustained success in Cincinnati. IDEA Cincinnati’s Executive Director reports directly to the Board, and through the Board, is held responsible for the academic, financial, and legal performance of schools within that region. To fulfill this purpose, Board members perform three core functions:
  1. Legal Compliance: The Board is responsible for IDEA Cincinnati complying with the sponsorship contract, as well as the various laws applicable to Ohio public bodies and public community schools. The board will adopt school, student, and employee policies to this end.
  2. Financial Performance: The Board directly governs the region’s finances by developing and maintaining a balanced budget and ensuring adequate resources. The Board provides approval of contracts and major expenditures.
  3. Academic Performance: The Board ensures academic success through its oversight of the regional Executive Director.
Desired skills
Accounting, Board, Communications, Data Analysis, Diversity/Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Facilities, Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Public Relations, Strategy Consulting
WhereDue to COVID-19 Restrictions, IDEA Cincinnati's board meets virtually, until further notice.
Commitment3 to 5 hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsFounding members of the IDEA Cincinnati Board of Directors are asked to commit to an initial term of the balance of FY22 or through June 30, 2022. Following that period, founding members may be asked to extend their board service for one, two or three years, with the goal of staggering individual service terms. Future Board members commit to three-year, renewable terms (fiscal year July 1-June 30). At the end of each term, Board members will meet with the Board Chair and the Regional Leader to determine whether renewal would be mutually beneficial.IDEA has developed a set of requirements for all board members:
  • Believe that all children can and will succeed in school, college, and beyond, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or zip code
  • Dedicate their efforts to advance the vision and mission of IDEA Public Schools
  • Contribute their experience and knowledge to the governance of IDEA
  • Serve on one or more board committees and contribute the appropriate time and energy necessary to accomplish all stated organizational goals
Additional Expectations In addition to the three core functions listed above, Regional Board members are encouraged to support the organization in the following ways:Governance
  • Participate in any mandatory community school board training as required by the State of Ohio
  • Attend and participate in board meetings: The board is expected to convene at least 4 times annually during the region’s start-up period (July 2020 – June 2022) and 8-10 times once schools begin operations
  • Participate in IDEA’s annual board retreat, which brings together board members from across all regions
  • Appoint two new Board members by March 15, 2022
Local Expertise
  • Help IDEA to establish effective relationships with leaders and institutions in the government, philanthropic, non-profit, corporate, education, and other sectors, as well as with the public at large
  • Provide ongoing counsel for the Executive Director and Regional Leadership Team on local issues and context
  • Serve as a champion for high-performing public community schools within Ohio. Promote IDEA’s mission, vision, goals, and achievements to a broad regional audience
  • Connecting staff to contacts (e.g., corporate partners, guest speakers, elected officials) who will enable the region to pursue strategic partnerships and meet fundraising targets
  • Visit at least one IDEA school annually once schools are operating
  • Attend school events (e.g. Back to School Bashes, school tours, Royal Readers’ events, or other volunteer activities) once schools are operating
  • Support and participate in regional and/or school-based fundraising events
On-boardingPerspective board members will be introduced through individual meetings with key staff and board members, and formal introduction to the Regional Board of Directors.  Once invited to become a member, new board members will be individually onboarded and trained by IDEA staff and paired with an IDEA Regional Board member.
Additional InfoOrganizational Overview:   IDEA Public Schools is a non-profit family of public, open-enrollment and tuition-free community charter schools focused on College for All Children. Founded in 2000, IDEA has grown from a small school with 150 students to a high-performing network of 137 schools serving approximately 77,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade across the state of Texas, Florida, and southern Louisiana. IDEA schools consistently achieve national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s Top High Schools lists. Each year for the past 15 years, 100% of IDEA’s high school seniors have been accepted to college and 99.8% have matriculated. To meet demand from students and families, IDEA has become one of the fastest-growing networks of high-performing, public community schools in the country. As part of this expansion, IDEA plans to establish six campuses in the greater Cincinnati region, beginning with two campuses in 2022. At full scale, IDEA Cincinnati will provide a high-quality, college-preparatory education for nearly 9,000 Cincinnati students in grades K-12 annually and support more than 500 high school seniors as they enroll, attend and graduate from college.
Our missionIDEA Public Schools prepares students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship and is committed to developing students with the academic, social, and leadership characteristics to apply, matriculate, and succeed in a four-year college or university.
Children, Education, Poverty, Social Justice & Equality