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Board Member at Arts Education Nonprofit - Doodles Academy - Tech Lead

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Doodles Academy

Board Member Description: Tech Lead

View more at doodles-academy.org

Apply by emailing a resume and letter of interest to techlead@doodles-academy.org

About us:

We believe in a future where all kids, regardless of their zip code, have access to the skills they need to become adaptable, creative, and empathetic adults. The visual arts teach these skills. We support teachers in providing a quality art education regardless of where or what they teach.

We do this through our powerful, free, online curriculum for grades 1-5. This curriculum connects to core subjects, includes video tutorials, and encourages students to explore topics and themes in ways that are personally relevant rather than follow-the-prompts.

We also act as expert consultants and curriculum designers, partnering with a range of schools and organizations. We help organizations design curriculum that is relevant, integrated, and engaging.

About our board:

  1. Our board is a remote board, so all meetings take place via video conference.
  2. Trustee involvement is determined on an individual basis. While we expect our board members to participate in fundraising efforts, we envision our board being a diverse and open one where contributions of expertise and time are as important as financial ones. We seek leaders and experts on our board who can help guide and shape our organization. These experts are confident, and are able to participate in high-level planning and strategizing.
  3. Our board members are committed advocates for Doodles, they are actively engaged in ways that suit their position and lifestyle, and they demonstrate a belief in the organization.

Board Member: Tech Lead

Position Description

The Tech Lead at Doodles Academy will formally oversee the website and other web-based aspects of the organization. The Tech Lead will:

  • Be responsible for leading all website initiatives and web-based aspects of Doodles Academy, whether through their own efforts or by developing and maintaining a Tech Committee.
  • Ensure proper website functionality
  • Troubleshoot website problems, including visual bugs and other issues
  • Create new web-based content and pages at the request of the Executive Director

The Tech Lead will work in partnership with the Executive Director and at least one current volunteer with web development experience. The Tech Lead and Executive Director will regularly meet to establish timelines for new web-based projects, create strategic project plans, and lead implementation of the plans in collaboration with Doodles volunteer(s).

Qualifications and Experience

Qualified candidates for the Tech Lead position will have intermediate experience in basic web development projects. Advanced experience is helpful, but not required for success in this role. As Tech Lead, you will have the opportunity to "learn as you go," taking on increasingly complex projects as you gain confidence and real-world experience. Doodles has a committed volunteer with web development experience who will help onboard the Tech Lead and orient them to the Doodles website infrastructure. Experience in the education sector is a plus, and a commitment to the Doodles mission is required. Other helpful web development skills include:

  • WordPress - Basic experience with this platform is necessary for this role
  • CSS - Basic experience required
  • HTML - Basic experience required
  • Javascript - Basic experience required
  • Divi (WordPress Plugin) - Beneficial, but not essential
  • Slack - Beneficial, but not essential
  • SEO Integration - Beneficial, but not essential
  • Project Management - The ideal candidate will have experience managing development projects. At the very least, you must have a strong desire to learn this skill.

Other roles and responsibilities

  • Report to the Board Chair.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director.
  • Report to the full Board regarding committee decisions and recommendations.

Basic Board Member Expectations:

  • Attend 3-4 Board Meetings throughout the year
  • Attend 2 Individual Meetings with the Board Chair and Executive Director
    • During these individual meetings, develop a personal work-plan that determines the interests of the trustee and establishes the scope of involvement, taking into account capacity.
  • Fulfills role-specific commitments according to the description above.
  • Support peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, including a personal donation (the amount is up to the discretion of the trustee).

Throughout the year, the board supports:

  • Establishing and frequently reviewing and revising mission oriented goals and objectives for the org to follow
  • Reviewing and updating the business plan on a regular basis
  • Helping the E.D. to identify steps needed to achieve the business plan, and helping to strategically outline these steps so that they are aligned with the orgs mission oriented goals and objectives
  • Serving on committees that oversee departments (e.g., finance, marketing, education). Helping to strategically outline goals and projects within these departments so that they are aligned to the orgs mission oriented goals and objectives.
  • Supporting the health of the organization by connecting the board to valuable human resources: e.g., foundations, potential new board members, advisors, etc.
  • Advocating for and supporting Doodles Academy during fundraising

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510 snyder ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to expand children's access to high-quality arts education. Our vision is that every child receives an arts education that inspires and rewards creativity, growth and problem solving.


Doodles Academy provides an online curriculum that includes video examples, lesson plans, supply lists, and links to Common Core and Visual Art standards. We make it easy for educators of all types and experience levels to bring a comprehensive and open-ended curriculum to their students.

Our projects allow room for every child to tell her own story. We provide lessons that scaffold skills and ideas, challenging students to think complexly, but chunking it down so that they don't become overwhelmed. Discussion and exploration is built into each project, encouraging students to find their own creative solutions.

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