Notice of Open Board Positions

Open Board Positions:  Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is accepting applications and letters of interest for election to the Board of Directors for 2017-2019.  The open positions include:

 1. REGIONAL DIRECTORS:  Regions I, III, V, and VII as follows: 

Region I: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Region III: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands

Region V: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas

Region VII:
 Colorado, Montana, Missouri, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming

Interested candidates must be paid members of MSA and are requested to email a letter of interest to Todd S. Mann, Executive Director, Magnet Schools of America to be received by Friday, April 7, 2017, 5pm EASTERN.  Candidates are required to submit the following as part of their application, and for publication on the MSA website:

  • Letter of interest for the position;
  • One-page resume/vitae;
  • 50-word statement indicating why you should be elected to the position; and
  • Picture (head shot), color preferred. 

Voting Process
Regional Directors will be elected at the Regional Meetings to be held in conjunction with the National Conference on Magnet Schools in Los Angeles, CA.  The Regional Meetings will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8am. Please note that while letters of interest are requested, nominations for Regional Directors may also be taken from the floor during the regional meeting.

Term of Office and Board Member Requirements:
All positions are for a two-year term (May 1, 2017-Spring, 2019). All candidates must be paid members of Magnet Schools of America for 2016-2017 by the application deadline and attend the Regional Meetings and the MSA Annual Business Meeting on Friday, April 28th at the 2017 National Conference on Magnet Schools in Los Angeles, CA.

Board members are required to attend the three meetings each year, held in conjunction with conferences:  one in the fall with Technical Assistance and Training, one in the winter with Policy Training, and one with the National Conference on Magnet Schools. Board members are encouraged to attend each conference, especially the National Conference and the MSA Business Meeting. Board members are reimbursed for the Board meeting only portion of their travel, and as follows: if they have paid more than 50% of meeting costs from personal funds (that are not otherwise reimbursed), they will be reimbursed by MSA up to $1,000 of the personal funds.

Deadline for Applications for Regional Directors (ODD numbered):  
Applications must be emailed to the Executive Director no later than Friday, April 7, 2017, 5pm EASTERN

For questions on the voting/election process, email Todd S. Mann.


POSITION DESCRIPTION


REGIONAL DIRECTOR

The Regional Director (RD) serves as the regional contact for all members and non-members in a geographic area, as specified by the breakdown of Magnet Schools of America’s eight (8) regions. The Regional Director provides current members with up-to-date information regarding their membership benefits, and recruits prospective members.

Time & Commitment
Regional Directors are required to attend the three meetings each year, held in conjunction with conferences:  one in the fall with Technical Assistance and Training, one in the winter with Policy Training, and one with the National Conference on Magnet Schools. Board members are encouraged to attend each conference, espeically the National Conference and the MSA Business Meeting. Board members are reimbursed for the Board meeting only portion of their travel, and as follows: if they have paid more than 50% of meeting costs from personal funds (that are not otherwise reimbursed), they will be reimbursed by MSA up to $1,000 of the personal funds.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as regional contact for all members and non-members in specified geographic area.
  • Represent Magnet Schools of America at local and regional events.
  • Send out bi-monthly emails or as needed to members in region in conjunction with MSA Membership Coordinator.
         - Communications can include: magnet school openings, new district member or new school member
           welcomes, legislative matters surrounding the magnet community in that region, upcoming deadlines
           for awards and conference registrations, etc.
  • Participate in bi-monthly calls with all other Regional Directors, led by Chair of Regional Directors.
  • Facilitate Regional Awards applications (Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Merit Awards, Poster Contest).
         - Recruit new awards applicants and send reminder information regarding deadlines.
         - Recruit readers for Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year applications.
         - Send reminder emails as needed.
         - Make phone calls to thank applicants and congratulate winners.
         - Visit winning schools when possible.
  • Recruit and identify prospective members. Work with National Office to coordinate personalized outreach to these potential members.

Suggested duties include:

  • Host occasional webinars for constituents to answer any questions and discuss upcoming deadlines/news.
  • Host regional conferences for both regional members and non-members when possible.
  • Attend magnet school openings and meetings.