National Advisory Board Member (Application due on February 28)
Creative Reaction Lab is currently recruiting individuals to join its national advisory board (and other volunteer board roles). If you’re interested in joining the movement for racial and health equity, consider this amazing role!
Submit your volunteer board interest application by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
ABOUT CREATIVE REACTION LAB:
Creative Reaction Lab educates, trains, and challenges Black and Latinx youth to become leaders designing healthy and racially equitable communities. CRXLAB is creating a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging racial and health inequities in the education, media, health, and government sectors. Through real-world project-based educational programs, Black and Latinx youth apply a health, racial equity, and design lens to community challenges impacting the life expectancy of both races (e.g. gun violence, food access, etc.). Striving to change the way people address systemic oppression, CRXLAB has pioneered a social justice form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (ECCD) to be the curricular foundation of our work. ECCD is based on equity, humility-building, integrating history and healing practices, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating with the community. The underlying foundation of CRXLAB’s work is that since systems of oppression, inequalities, and inequities are by design, then they can be redesigned. CRXLAB is training and deploying Black and Latinx youth to become a new type of civic leader called Equity Designers. Ultimately, CRXLAB’s work is striving to create a world that embraces the humanity, rights, and power of Black and Latinx people.
Note: Creative Reaction Lab believes that being youth-led, community-centered should extend into the board leadership of the organization. High school (15+) and College-aged students (18+) are extremely encouraged to also apply for the open advisory board roles.
ADVISORY BOARD DUTIES:
The Advisory Board will support the work of CRXLAB and its National Board of Directors. Advisory board members will provide mission-centered leadership and technical knowledge to assist the CRXLAB staff and board of directors in improving the organizational strategy and operations for deeper and wider fulfillment of CRXLAB’s mission. Appropriate involvement of the Advisory Board is both critical and expected.
Specific Advisory Board Member responsibilities include:
Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO and National Board of Directors as they co-develop and implement CRXLAB’s strategic plan
Providing technical guidance to the CEO in area of speciality to assist with CRXLAB’s growth (e.g. fundraising and development, partnership cultivation, HR management, legal, racial equity in government settings, youth leadership, etc.)
Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to advisory board meetings
Assisting the CEO and board chair (co-chairs) in identifying and recruiting national and local volunteer board leadership
Representing CRXLAB to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
Ensuring CRXLAB’s commitment to diverse volunteer boards and staff that reflects the communities CRXLAB serves
CRXLAB’s Advisory Board Members are not required to provide a financial contribution to CRXLAB. However, Advisory Board members capable of providing financial support to CRXLAB should consider the organization a philanthropic priority.
CRXLAB’s Advisory Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment based on availability, interest, and need. Advisory Board meetings will be virtually held 2-4 times annually.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about CRXLAB’s mission. Selected Advisory Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in the education sector, creative sector, business, racial equity, government, civil rights, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her/their accomplishments will allow him/her/them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing supporters.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
Extensive professional experience with significant mid-level to executive leadership accomplishments in health, media, education, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), design, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector AND/OR real-world community/topic expertise in relation to youth leadership, civic engagement, racial equity, and health equity
Technical knowledge in business management, fundraising, human resources, operations, finances, partnership development, edtech, education/curriculum development, and marketing/branding
A commitment to and understanding of CRXLAB’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
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 CRXLAB’s beneficiaries
Align with CRXLAB’s values of being intentional & impactful, centering equity, focused on adaptability, displaying humility, amplifying community leadership, growing awareness to action, and shifting power.
Service on CRXLAB’s Advisory Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support in relation to Advisory Board Members’ duties.