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LEAD Project now accepting board applications

Calling all young professionals!

The LEAD Project

Calling all young professionals! Get ready to LEAD.

The Leadership Emergence and Development Project (LEAD) — an organization of young professionals working to enhance the Twin Cities community by engaging their demographic in philanthropy — is looking for motivated individuals to fill four open board positions. 

The goal of LEAD’s board of directors is to connect young professionals with nonprofits by facilitating leadership development (through education and engagement) and developing a culture of philanthropy (through events and fundraising).

Open board positions include an events chair, a community engagement chair, a social media chair, and a development and education chair. (See detailed position descriptions below.)

The LEAD Project
The LEAD Project

Board members must make a minimum time commitment of roughly 10 hours per month (exact hours vary by board position and time of year).

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To apply, send your résumé to hello [at] theleadproject [dot] org and complete the online application.

General board member responsibilities:
– Attending all board and relevant committee meetings
– Reviewing agendas and supporting materials prior to meetings
– Keeping informed of LEAD’s mission and services
– Representing and advocating for LEAD in the larger community
– Making a personal contribution to LEAD and participating in fundraising
– Attending LEAD events
– Suggesting possible volunteers/host committees/team members to take on tasks and recruit on behalf of LEAD

Events chair duties:
– Developing strategic plan for each event and either executing the logistics or working with the event planner to execute the logistics
– Working with the co-chairs of strategic partnerships to maximize fundraising through sponsorships, partnerships and event venues
– Working with the finance chair on budgeting and fiscal goals for each event; tracking estimated budgets as compared to actual expenses
– Executing fundraising initiatives to achieve LEAD’s overall financial and engagement goals
– Managing and overseeing the work of events sub-committee members
– Recruiting additional event sub-committee members and/or host committee members, as needed
– Effectively engaging other event directors and board members, as needed

Community engagement chair duties:
– Working closely with event directors to provide strategy on the right sponsors/partners for each event being held
– Creating a process for selecting beneficiaries for charitable events
– Maintaining LEAD’s database of nonprofits and contacts
– Finding ways to work with peer groups to increase membership
– Keeping apprised of important community events and ensuring LEAD presence at these events
– Managing the LEAD email accounts (,

Social media chair duties:
– Keeping social media outlets and the LEAD website updated with fresh content
– Creating and executing a communication plan for LEAD (both external and internal)
– Working with the event chair and team to generate event marketing/communication
– Serving as the primary contact for Martin Ashal and the web designers at Productive Consulting & Interactive Marketing
– Finding graphic designers to create event invites, web banners, logos, etc.
– Creating and sending monthly LEAD newsletters promoting volunteer opportunities and upcoming events
– Creating internal documents such as “best practices” documents

Development and education chair duties:
– Coordinating education strategy to further the mission of LEAD
– Coordinating dates and locations for Board Boot Camps
– Working with external vendors as needed, i.e., MAP for Nonprofits
– Coordinating internal education/development trainings for LEAD board members
– Creating and producing board feedback forms for quarterly assessments
– Working with the communications chair to promote Board Boot Camps
– Attending Board Boot Camps to help improve trainings
– Creating a Leadership Development Program (pilot program 2011/2012, launch 2012/2013)

To apply for the LEAD board of directors, send your résumé to hello [at] theleadproject [dot] org and complete the online application.