Information Notice for Prospective Board Members

March 1st, 2019

Many adults in Montgomery County lack the literacy skills to be able to participate fully in the community and local economy. In addition, approximately 40% of Montgomery County residents have a language other than English as their first or primary language. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) is a nonprofit organization whose work is based on the understanding that to be literate in today’s economy means having the requisite skills to be able to participate actively in the workforce and the local community.

Since its founding in 1963, LCMC has been a responsive community leader, continually revising its programs to adjust to the enormous demographic changes that have occurred in Montgomery County. With a 1.3M dollar operating budget, 11 full time staff, 28 part-time instructors and a large cadre of volunteer tutors, we provide critical English language skills and associated educational services to more than 2000 adult students per year.

The Board of Directors, the Executive Director and the permanent staff share the management responsibilities for LCMC. The Board has responsibility for setting strategy, providing organizational and financial oversight, and supporting LCMC’s mission and programs.  The Executive Director and the staff are responsible for the day-to-day planning and operations of LCMC, as well as reporting to the Board.

The Board of Directors consists of four officers and up to six members at-large.  There are four standing committees of the Board: Executive; Budget, Finance and Compensation; Governance, Recruitment, and Board Development; and Fundraising.  Each Board member serves on one of these committees as part of their responsibilities.  For additional information about the functions, composition, and responsibilities of the Board, please refer to the Interim Bylaws.

Currently, the Board of Directors has several vacancies. We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated keen interest in our mission to serve as at-large members and as members of the Budget, Finance, and Compensation Committee, or the Fundraising Committee. We are particularly keen to welcome new Board members with some or all of the following attributes: experience and enthusiasm for outreach and fundraising; involvement and contacts with the local business community; experience and involvement with local government agencies, particularly those serving the adult learning community; and knowledge and experience in reading and interpreting financial statements and related financial information.

The LCMC Board of Directors is committed to having a diverse membership, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, and life experiences.

Interested persons should submit an application for Board membership to James Hastings, Chair, Governance, Recruitment, and Board Development Committee.  Applications should include a cover letter and a resume.  The cover letter should stress the relevant experience of the applicant and the interest in in adult education.  Applications should be sent to hastingsje@comcast.net and must be received by March 31, 2019.