Words Beats & Life Board Member


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


St Stephens Church1525 Newton St NWWashington, DC 20010


Join the leadership of Words Beats & Life, a hip-hop non-profit in Washington, D.C. The Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization and works with the staff to set priorities for each fiscal year, approves the annual budget and helps meet our fundraising goals for the year. We have been fortunate enough to always have a diverse board in terms of income, ages, gender, and cultural identity. We expect that to remain true as we continue to recruit new board members. We place value on continuing to diversify our board around things like education, ability status, orientation, religious identity, country of origin, being a Hip-Hop artist (all the elements), and state of residence. (in DC, MD, VA)


1. Attend 4 in person meetings and two in person retreats per year. There are optional monthly calls in the other 6 months a year.

2. Participate in one Board committee exclusively (Governance, On boarding, Technology, Social, Capital Campaign). and one committed of the whole (Fundraising)

3. Review, revise, and approve organization financials and programmatic updated on a quarterly basis.

4. Participate in one fundraising campaigns a year. (Do more 24, Give the Gift of Hip-Hop or a Dollar and a Dream)

5. Participate in the semi-annual review of the Executive Director

6. Participate in an annual review of yourself as a Board Member and the other Board Members

7. Share the work of WBL on your social media, traditional media and at WBL events.

Each board member is required to contribute $3,000 either through personal donation or fundraising


Promote the mission of WBL in my personal and professional life

Commit at least two years to the Board of Directors

Attend at least 75% of board meetings, which happen every three months

Agree to participate annually in a virtual or in-person training that will make you a more effective Board Member

Accept moral, legal and financial responsibility for WBL Inc.

Play the governance role of monitoring and contributing to the WBL Strategic Plan

How to Apply:

Submit your resume, cover letter, short bio and headshot to Esther D. Coleman (estherdcoleman@gmail.com). If your experience and skills aligns with our board recruitment priorities, you will be invited to participate in a two to three month long process that allows you to get to know WBL, the work we do, and the people that do it. The length of the process is determined by where we are in our process when you apply.

The process is designed to let us get to know you and see the kind of leader you would be on our Board of Directors. Our Board is a Governing and Fundraising Board with periodic projects or events that members are encouraged to volunteer at. Participating in events is one of the best way for you to get to know the work we do and the people that do it, so during this two to three month process, you are strongly encouraged to attend as many events and service opportunities as possible to meet as many people involved with WBL as you can.


  • Budgeting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Reporting & Dashboards
  • Financial Planning
  • Market Research

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours per month
  • BE Fresh!

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