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Soiree 2017: A Heartfelt Thank You to our tSB Community!

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Things have begun to settle down here in the tSB office, and we have had a chance to reflect on this year’s Soiree. Through all the struggle, transition and hard work needed to organize this event, we have felt the love and support from you all, our community, and we wish to offer your our most heartfelt thanks.

Thanks to you all, we raised about $79,000 and surpassed our fundraising goal for Soiree! We never could have done it without you! There is still time to make a contribution: if your company participates in a matching gifts program, please make sure to get your donation matched. If you are looking for another way to support the Service Board, consider becoming a monthly supporter!

We would like to invite you all to celebrate the success of the Soiree with us, and the efforts of our fantastic staff at our upcoming tSB Happy Hour event after the holidays. Keep an eye on our website for details.

To all our volunteers, we hope you had as much fun as we did! Be sure to check out our photo gallery for the Soiree here.

Looking for Other Ways to Get Involved?

Serve as a Mentor | Each year, adults from around Seattle volunteer their time to build community and make a difference. It is a big commitment, but one that changes the lives of all participants! Our online application is due Nov. 27.

Volunteer | Apply your skills in office administration, coordination or facilitation to our multiple volunteer roles throughout the year. We are working diligently to update our volunteer page – stay tuned!

Attend an Events | Mark your calendars – tSB Program Kickoff is on February 24th! Time and location coming soon!
Sponsor a meal for one our program nights – because we can’t build community on an empty stomach!

Sponsor a Meal for one our Program Nights | We can’t build community on an empty stomach!

We also welcome individual donations of new or gently used winter gear to make sure our youth stay safe and warm on the mountain.

Message to the tSB Community from the tSBoard

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Dear tSB friends and family,

As you know, tSB was sad to say farewell in August to Chiloe Barrera-Cloyd, our wonderful and dedicated Interim Executive Director, who has headed back to school in pursuit of a new career. Chiloe will be missed, especially her energy and dedication to serving the youth in our program. You can read her farewell message here.

As 2017 comes to a close, we will continue to search for the next permanent leader of our organization – one who possesses jut the right blend of leadership, commitment to youth, organizational management, and fundraising prowess to keep tSB thriving for years to come. We’re looking for a leader with that “special sauce” to advance tSB to new heights. It’s a tough challenge, but it’s a labor of love. We are excited to find the person who is just the right fit for our beloved tSB.

Where does that leave tSB in the meantime? Fear not, as we have been working hard to ensure this transition process does not slow down tSB’s work and its mission. To get us through this Fall and into the winter season, we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Interim Executive Director, Lacie West! Lacie comes to us from College Access Now and has been in place since mid-September. To learn about her, please read her bio here. Her leadership skills have already impressed us immensely. From organizing our annual Soiree (November 10th! Tickets available here) to working with staff to plan our 2018 Winter Core Program, Lacie is the right person to provide stability as we continue our search for a permanent ED.

tSB has been working its mission since 1995, fueled by the love and financial support of our community. Your ongoing support is as important as ever during the transition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or feedback for us – we’d love to hear from you at info@theserviceboard.org.

The snow will fall soon and we look forward to seeing you on the mountain!

Yours in community,

Mary Cadera & Anthony Auriemma
Board Chair & Co-Chair

From the Desk of Sara Bloom-Taylor – My Farewell

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“I’d like to thank the entire tSB community, the mentors, youth, snowboard instructors, staff, and Board of Directors for providing me with the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people. I feel honored to have gotten to know some of the incredible people who make up this community and have been forever changed by my time at tSB. It was a challenging time with lots of growth; I learned so much about myself, about how to push my growing edge, and most importantly, how to learn from and be influenced by others. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and my ideas and thoughts were challenged, making me a more thoughtful and courageous person who will continue to work hard to become more aware of myself with respect to the identity of others.

The biggest takeaway from my time at tSB will forever be the youth participants I got to interact with. These young people are truly incredible. They deserve our time, energy, resources, and belief. They are EACH unique, powerful, smart, caring, kind, talented people who will forever surprise you. Do not underestimate them; instead, invest in them and continue to create space for them to shine. I want to thank all of the participants from this last year for letting me hang out with them, get to know them better, and reminding me how to let go and be a kid again.

Thank you tSB for the work you do to dismantle prejudice, build up our next generation, and create a safe space for people of all identities to belong to.”

 

We’re looking for our next fearless Executive Director!

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director

the Service Board (tSB) is hiring! We seek a strategic and passionate Executive Director to shape, inspire, and lead the organization’s future in collaboration with a skilled staff team, deeply committed community, and talented Board of Directors.
At tSB, we often say we ‘move mountains.’ Yes, you will move mountains in this job, but you’re not alone. Our community of young people, adult mentors, alumni, and volunteers work together to build and grow the organization. The next Executive Director will lead this passionate community of supporters and bring enthusiasm and experience to the challenge of operating a small nonprofit with limited resources, in a region with rapidly changing demographics.

About tSB

tSB was founded as a call to action in 1995 in response to a drug-related murder of a young snowboarder. The founders knew then what is true now: The world is complex and youth are vulnerable. However, given the right combination of exploring their passions, having positive adult role models and engaging in service and adventure, youth will thrive and impact the communities around them. The organization has consistently been a small organization with a large influence, serving 66 youth in 2016, with a 2017 operating budget of $320,000, a staff of four, a 14-member Board of Directors, and over 100 adult mentors and community volunteers.

Our Mission

Mentoring teens to conquer
personal and cultural challenges
through public service and
outdoor adventure

Our Vision

Teens and young adults reach
their fullest potential and thrive

Our Values

Service | Social Justice
Adventure | Integrity
Community | Communication
Swagger

Our Secret Sauce

tSB believes that together we’re better. Much better. Our collective strength is what leads to our greatest impact and success. Our secret sauce is facilitating an intensive mentoring approach between positive adult mentors and youth that is grounded in deeply authentic and reciprocal relationships. Built through shared experiences on the mountain, in program and in the mutual journey of self-discovery and empowerment, the relationships in our organization’s community embrace love, compassion, unbridled fun, and the complexity of life.

Our Programs

tSB fills the need for strong and connected communities by fostering a deep sense of life purpose, an ethic of public service, and a conviction in the personal ability to shape the future in high school aged youth. Operating in emerging, though traditionally under-served and institutionally neglected neighborhoods that lack sufficient community programs and safe public spaces, tSB reaches the most vulnerable youth. Our unique programming approach combines a social justice and leadership curriculum with adult mentorship and access to the outdoors. Throughout the year we run three structured programs:

The Core Winter Program

Each year, the Service Board brings together a group of approximately 50
high-schoolers and adult mentors from a broad range of academic, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds to engage in a demanding six-month program. Program participants meet twice weekly as a full group from January
through June, with weekend activities rotating between intensive service learning projects and snowboarding, hence our name: the Service Board.

The Peer Leader Program

Each fall, tSB works with eight returning youth selected to be Peer Leaders. These youth receive leadership development and facilitation training to provide guidance and direction not only to our core program, but to our
organization as a whole. Peer leaders support tSB by interviewing employees, volunteering at events, fundraising, recruiting & selecting program participants, and lending feedback to crucial organizational decisions, to name a few.

The Alumni Program

In 2016 we launched a new eightweek New Heights summer program
and paid internship that focuses on career and professional skill development, goal setting, and financial responsibility for alumni of tSB ages 18-22. New Heights enables tSB to make good on our promise to help close the opportunity gap for the youth who participate in our core program. Young adults in New
Heights benefit from workshops and panel presentations from tSB staff
and professional coaches as well as internship site placement and job coaching.

The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

In 2016 tSB’s Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan covering a four-year span (2016-2020). It builds the framework to increase organizational alignment, build our program outreach and depth, make significant investments in staff, and secure the financial resources necessary to continue building a community of leaders and changemakers who will give back to tSB for years to come. The next Executive Director will lead a passionate
community of supporters and bring enthusiasm and experience to the challenge of operating a small nonprofit with limited resources, in a region with rapidly changing demographics.

About the Position

The primary role of Executive Director is to ensure that the Service Board has the financial and human resources it needs to achieve its mission, provide leadership in implementing the goals and objectives of the organization in line with our mission and laid out in the Strategic Plan, serve as chief spokesperson to the public and key stakeholders, oversee program operations, and manage the Service Board’s dynamic staff. Key responsibilities include:

Leadership and Vision
• In partnership with the Board and staff, assure the Service Board is engaging in a long-range strategy that achieves its mission
• Provide leadership in organizational planning, financial management, and youth programming
• Maintain working knowledge of and ability to articulate trends in the field of mentoring, youth development and, social justice. Create competitive strategies, partnerships and plans to anticipate and respond to those trends

Fundraising and Communications
• Oversee and support the creation of a comprehensive development plan, leading to a broad and diversified funding mix
• In partnership with the Development Manager and the Board of Directors, identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors, business sponsors, and foundation funders
• Build and maintain relationships with donors by involving them in the organization and strengthening their understanding of what their gifts make possible
• Ensure the Service Board effectively markets itself and its programs to prospective mentors, students, donors and other constituencies

Financial Management and Fiscal Oversight
• Manage the fiscal security of the organization, including working with the Finance Committee and Development Manager to create and manage annual budgets and operate within budgetary constraints
• Ensure that sound financial practices are developed, followed, and maintained
• Report to the Board of Directors regularly about the financial health of the organization and develop and implement contingency plans if needed

Staff Management and Program Oversight
• Maintain a positive and strong organizational culture that helps employees and volunteers feel valued and attracts and retains competent, caring staff
• Manage, coach, mentor and motivate staff to ensure that tSB provides the highest quality services on a consistent basis
• In partnership with the Program Manager, develop strategies for sustaining and growing programs, exploring new program development opportunities, and ensuring that ongoing programs are evaluated
• Attend a portion of program activities to form relationships with volunteers and youth and experience the magic of tSB

Board Engagement
• Keep the Board well informed regarding the management and condition of the organization and crucial issues affecting its present and future
• Encourage excellence in Board performance through collaboration, communication and education. In cooperation with the board, involve each board member at an optimum level

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will have passion, energy, and drive for the Service Board’s mission and values, a profound belief in the ability of young people to make a positive impact in their community, and enthusiasm for adventuring on the mountain! Our next leader will bring a variety of experiences, qualities and competencies, including:

IDEAL EXPERIENCE

• 3+ years of nonprofit management experience at the executive leadership team level
• 3+ years managing and working with staff, interns, youth, and consultants and working with a Board
of Directors in a collaborative team environment
• 3+ years of raising a budget of $300,000+, primarily through individual donor cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship as well as foundation grant writing.
• 3+ years of working in the youth development field
• Strong fiscal management and budgetary leadership with budgets of $300,000+
• Connection to local organizations, networks and communities
• A bachelor’s degree

IDEAL QUALITIES AND COMPETENCIES

• Able to maintain and build a strong team to carry out the mission and operations of tSB
• Integrity and a commitment to professional ethics, values, and equity
• Fundraising tenacity with an ability to create and fulfill a development plan
• Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including use of social
media
• Adept at inspiring and celebrating a diverse community of youth, volunteers, and supporters:
enthusiastic, authentic, self-assured, approachable, appreciative, and charismatic
• Demonstrated skills in building long term relationships and networking to catalyze
participation and support from a wide array of partners and community volunteers
• Experience thinking and making decisions strategically, as well as for planning and measuring
results

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position that reports into the Board of Directors and requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends with occasional travel within the state as well as regionally. The expected salary range is between $60,000-$75,000 DOE. tSB offers a benefits package that includes medical insurance, 12 days of vacation with longevity accrual increases, 12 paid holidays, and 12 days of sick leave. tSB is located in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood.

To Apply

Apply online by clicking on this link: https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0mlmr

You will be prompted to upload your cover letter and a resume. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages in length, and include how your professional experience, interests, and passions align with the mission and purpose of the Service Board, answering the questions: Why the Service Board? Why now? No paper or email submissions, please.

Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the hiring committee. Interviews for the position will take place in July and early August; the anticipated start date is early to mid-September.
the Service Board is an inclusive organization, fostering and drawing on leadership from communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, and emerging leaders. We strongly encourage applicants from these communities to apply. the Service Board is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Employment and program policies of the Service Board are nondiscriminatory with regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis
Questions regarding this opportunity: can be directed to Dana Guy, co-chair of the Search Committee. Email: dana.m.guy@gmail.com | Phone: 206-890-1191

Havana Nights Cocktail Party, May 18

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You are invited to a special cocktail hour with tSB's closest champions, cheerleaders, and community members.

May 18, 7:00-8:00 PM

Havana Social Club

This event is free to attend.

We suggest a donation of $150 or more to cover the cost of a young person attending our two night, end of season retreat in May and to support our mission of mentoring teens to conquer cultural challenges through public service and outdoor adventure.

RSVP HERE

Our Goal is to raise $7,000!
All proceeds from the event will fund our end of season retreat and shore up our safety reserves.
Donations of up to $1,500 made the night of will be matched by evo!

Love to dance? Stay after the cocktail hour and join the tSB community in dancing to soul music spun by Nitty Gritty, eating tacos, and sipping on cocktails, all in support of tSB.

Dance Party Details:

  • Havana Social Club, 8:00 pm-Closing, Free Admission (21+ only)
  • Drink proceeds from the “Signature Move,” draft beer, and house wine benefit tSB
  • Taco truck proceeds benefit tSB

A special thank you to our sponsors: