Managing Partners Board Job
The key reason for a county-wide literacy coalition is to bring the community together to address an issue so large that no one organization can solve it alone – the scale is too great to address without a shared commitment and community will for change. The literacy needs in Madison County are greater than the capacity of current service provision to address and therefore implementation of the community’s literacy plan and governance process must be supported by community leaders willing to take on the issue.
A role of the Managing Partners is to inspire the community to take action. The Managing Partners have the civic influence and the power to make change. They have a vision for how change will happen and can capitalize on local strengths and existing partnerships. A Managing Partner brings:
High level strategic vision
Commitment of time to attend regularly scheduled meetings.
Diversity of Representation:
The Managing Partners agree to strive for inclusive representation of the county. This goal includes diversity in partnership roles, geography, gender, age, race, etc. that is reflective of the county as a whole. Efforts will be made to replace sector representation as vacancies on the Committee occur.
The Managing Partners will strive to include all coalition partner types such as government, education, business, community-based literacy providers, social services, faith-based, civic organizations, adult learners, and other coalitions.
Frequency of Meetings:
During the initial start-up year, the Managing Partners agree to meet monthly. The annual organizational meeting will be held in August each year in support of the organization’s fiscal year of September 1 to August 31.
Length of Term:
Managing Partners, generally, will commit to 3-year terms. To create balanced turnover of the first class of partners, a rotation schedule for replacement by new members will be determined.
Managing Partners can serve for two consecutive terms. A Managing Partner has to take a one-year hiatus before being invited back onto the committee.
The Managing Partners will strive to maintain a committee size of 11 to 15 partners. The Committee Chair can name interim committee members to fill vacant seats, as needed, until full committee vote at the annual organizational meeting.
A majority is required to approve an action of the committee. Majority is defined as more than fifty percent of current board members registering a vote. Members do not need to be present to vote. Votes may be submitted by phone or electronically to the Board Cair or designated party.
Services for Learners
The Madison County Literacy Coalition is a consensus-building initiative intended to unite the community around the importance of literacy, provide economies of scale to existing organizations to efficiently service those in need and provide hope to residents for sustainable change and an improved future.
- Impart the gift of reading
- Meaningful community service
- Minimal time committment
- Flexible scheduling
- Support learners' career goals
- Develop personal relationships