CCES Board of Director Position

Children’s Commons Ecological Society (CCES) is a not-for-profit society with a mission to create learning environments that foster the connection between children and the natural world by providing repeated and regular access to a nature space, hands on collaborative learning, playful inquiry, and reflection and use of materials as a means for all learners to extend their understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world around them.

In 2015 CCES founded Calgary’s first Nature Kindergarten offering the Alberta Kindergarten curriculum through learner-led exploration of the natural world. It is a government-approved and publicly-funded kindergarten, in which children will spend the majority of their days exploring and learning in nature. It is the first in Calgary and one of only a few operating across Canada.

CCES is expanding their managerial board of directors to include additional board members and treasurer:

The CCES Board is a hands-on working board and operates with a spirit of helpfulness. Where other members have a particular skill set, interest or ability we aim to work together, often crossing roles, to help one another out, manage workload and move the organization forward. The CCES Board requests a 2-year minimum commitment to help ensure effective succession planning.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and if possible, a CV to calgarynaturekindergarten@gmail.com

Responsibilities for general board member position include:

  • Supporting the overall responsibilities of the board;

  • regularly attending monthly board meetings and other occasional essential meetings; the Board of Directors meets once per month for 2 hours per meeting usually mid week in the evening from 6:00-8:00 pm. Due to the small size of the board it is essential that everyone attend to ensure quorum and robust discussion of issues;

  • preparation and submission of written updates to be submitted 5 days prior to the board meetings;

  • staying informed about committee matters, preparing well for meetings, and reviewing and commenting on minutes and updates;

  • volunteering for and accepting assignments for the board and completing them in a timely manner;

  • responding to informal email communications in between meetings to help ensure that the board and committees continue to move forward on plans;

  • actively participating in the board’s planning efforts;

  • working collaboratively with other board members.

Necessary skills

  • willingness and ability to work independently and to work collaboratively with others;

  • effective communicator;

  • past experience on a not-for-profit board or working in a not-for-profit organization is helpful but not necessary;

  • experience and/or knowledge of working in Early Childhood Services provider and of funding, governance and policy according to Alberta Education and the Education Act is helpful but not necessary;

  • knowledge of governance and policy for not-for-profits is helpful but not necessary.

Responsibilities for treasurer position include:

  • supporting overall Board on fiduciary responsibilities;

  • recommending and reviewing financial policies and internal controls;

  • liaison with auditors, including preparation of reports to be sent to auditors and draft financial statements;

  • submission of audited financial statements and budgets to Alberta Education;

  • presentation of audited financial statements at the Annual General Meeting;

  • liaison with bookkeeper as questions arise;

  • attending monthly meetings and other occasional essential meetings.

 

Skills required:

  • experience working with financial information, controls and budgeting;

  • be impartial and able to clearly articulate financial information: procedures, processes and ability to explain in plain language outcome implications

  • have a financial qualification or relevant experience, including preparation of financial statements;

  • understanding of financial accounting for not-for-profit organizations is helpful;

  • ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up;

  • be available to be contacted for ad hoc advice.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and if possible, a CV to calgarynaturekindergarten@gmail.com