Board Member – Program
Beech Acres Parenting Center

6881 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230-2907
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Board Member – Program

Our boardBeech Acres Parenting Center was founded in 1849 in response to the cholera epidemic that took the lives of over 4,000 citizens in Cincinnati. For 125 years, we served as an orphanage providing a haven for children who had been displaced by parental death, poverty, or other family disruptions.Throughout the 20th century, the children cared for at Beech Acres Parenting Center came with ever more serious problems, related both to abuse and mental health challenges. By the 1980s, it was clear that institutions were not the most effective way to raise troubled children.The residential program closed in 1989, replaced by a foster care program and a wide variety of social services that cared for troubled children out in the community. For the remainder of the 20th century, Beech Acres focused on being a high-quality provider of an array of social services designed to prevent the need for children to be placed in institutional care at all.Today, Beech Acres continues to support children who are facing adversity with a wide range of services including foster care, adoption and behavioral health support. We have also transitioned to a contemporary parenting center, providing parent coaching, support to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, and much more.Serving over 14,000 children and adults annually, we are in schools, in pediatric offices, and in the community with innovative services like The Character Effect™, Parent Connext™, and Beyond the Classroom™. All our programs are grounded in our Natural Strength Parenting™ framework which enables parents to unlock their own potential by building on their unique strengths. Ultimately, we envision a world where all children are nurtured to discover, cultivate and apply their natural gifts.
PositionBeech Acres Parenting Center is recruiting a Board member with expertise in DEI Initiatives, and with a passion for the wellbeing of children and families.  The ideal attributes for a successful candidate include experience and expertise in the following areas:·       Designing/implementing racial understanding & equity interventions·      Willingness to engage in strategies to promote race equity·      Willingness to bring your unique personal talents to the table to advance the mission of Beech Acres·      Willingness to open doors to potential community resources, partners and support·      Willingness to serve as an ambassador for Beech Acres in the community
Desired skills
Coaching, Diversity/Inclusion*, Management, Project Management
WhenQuarterly, the 4th Tuesday of the month, currently from 10 AM - Noon
WhereCurrently Virtual. Pre-Covid: At Beech Acres Parenting Center in Anderson Twp.
Commitment3 to 5 hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsSee Board Description above
On-boardingNew Board members participate in a half-day Board Orientation Session.  Each Board member is also assigned a "Board buddy" to help the new Board member successfully navigate in their new role.
Additional InfoAdditionally, we are seeking Board members with access to:·      Leadership in the Black community·      Leadership of like-minded organizations
Our missionInspiring and equipping today's parents, families and communities to raise capable, caring, contributing children.
Children, Education, Life Skills, Poverty