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Member of the Board of Directors - Reading In Motion

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Reading In Motion

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Position & Expectations

The Board will support the work of Reading In Motion and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Reading In Motion’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Each of the following items is expected of each member of the Board of Directors:

  • To adhere to the Organization’s standards of business conduct and ethics including but not limited to its policies on conflicts of interest and its organizational by-laws;

  • To attend no fewer than 75% of all Board meetings and 75% of applicable committee and subcommittee meetings annually;

  • Upon request of the Reading In Motion Board Engagement Committee, to serve as an active member of at least one Board committee or two sub-committees;

  • To provide philanthropic support at a level which represents a strong commitment to Reading In Motion, commensurate with financial capability and the Organization’s "Give/Get" policy (below);

  • To serve as an advocate for Reading In Motion in efforts to obtain significant financial support from other possible funding sources, including foundations, corporations, individuals, and governmental entities;

  • To understand how his or her particular abilities, expertise, resources or contacts can be useful to Reading In Motion and to make them known and available to the Board and senior management;

  • To stay informed about Reading In Motion’s business, vision and operations, including review of all minutes of Board and committee meetings, financial statements and all other materials distributed to Board and committee members;

  • To actively participate in, and take responsibility for, making decisions on organizational and policy issues and other matters appropriate for decision by the Board;

  • To maintain supportive and professional relations with senior management to assist senior management in all appropriate ways;

  • To communicate effectively and in a timely fashion with members of Reading In Motion’s staff;

  • To act in the best interests of Reading In Motion in accordance with the fiduciary standards of care and loyalty to which the Board is subject under state and federal law;

  • To assist Reading In Motion in the identification and recruitment of engaged and committed Board member candidates;

  • To provide philanthropic support at a level which represents a strong commitment to Reading In Motion, commensurate with financial capability and the Organization’s "Give/Get" policy. Commit to generating a minimum of $6,000 annual contribution. Minimum $1,000 personal cash contribution and at least one of the following totaling a minimum of $5,000 or more:
    • Corporate, Foundation or Government grant;
    • Solicit individuals that contribute gifts;
    • Receive matching gifts from an employer;
    • Host an event that generates $1,000+;
    • In-Kind (budget relieving) donations;
    • Additional personal cash contributions;
    • Any combination of the above to equal $5,000+.

  • The Board is made up of several committees where more detailed work and information gathering is done. The results are then presented to the entire board. Each committee is led by a Vice Chair, who is a board member elected to the position, and supported by the corresponding staff member.
    • The current committee structure includes: Executive, Finance and Recruitment and Retention.

  • If unable to fulfill the responsibilities set forth above, to consult with the Board Chairperson, and reconsider his or her continued membership on the Board.

Board Terms & Participation

Reading In Motion’s Board Members will serve a 2 year term to be eligible for re-appointment for unlimited additional terms. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Reading In Motion’s mission and the capacity to promote and support it. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector

  • A commitment to and understanding of Reading In Motion’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 Reading In Motion’s beneficiaries

  • Service on Reading In Motion’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

To learn more about or express interest in serving on Reading In Motion’s Board of Directors, please contact Julie Pinn, Director of Finance and Operations, at jpinn@readinginmotion.org and include "Board of Directors" in the subject line.

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About Reading In Motion


65 E Wacker Place, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60601, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to get every student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts, especially students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support. To accomplish our mission, we partner with schools and train their teachers to deliver an engaging and innovative reading improvement program, Benchmarks, for 50 minutes a day during school hours throughout the school year. We target schools with poor reading scores and high percentages of low-income students where we provide our specialized Coaches and other services on-site to inspire students to learn and teachers to grow. Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, we have served more than 50,000 students and dramatically improved their reading skills.


Since 2003, we have partnered with hundreds of schools in under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago and trained their teachers to deliver our engaging, innovative reading improvement program in the classroom. The results are outstanding. By the end of each school year, students in Reading In Motion classrooms are consistently achieving their grade-level reading goals. Even in the face of declining progress within Chicago Public Schools (CPS), our students have continued to excel. To date, we have improved the reading skills of more than 50, 000 students. Every year thousands more gain the potential to fulfill their dreams, to become the next president, inventor, writer, teacher and the potential to help end the cycle of illiteracy that exists in under-resourced communities.

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  • To learn more about or express interest in serving on Reading In Motion’s Board of Directors, please contact Julie Pinn, Director of Finance and Operations, at jpinn@readinginmotion.org and include “Board of Directors” in the subject line.

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