Be Our Valentine: Join Our Board!

The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library seeks applications to join our board at an exciting time of growth, as we continue to develop our expanded studio at 4700 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 while serving individuals from around the world with our online programs. To learn more about The Soapbox, visit www.phillysoapbox.org/about-us.

Our core team of working board members seeks inquiries from passionate individuals interested in contributing to The Soapbox community. Currently, our board consists of 9 individuals who serve on committees including: Studio, Programming & Library, Fundraising, and Communications. Expertise or desire to get involved in the following areas is especially needed:

  • fundraising/development; 
  • member coordination or other studio operations;
  • treasurer;
  • equity work.

Board members lead and carry out ongoing operations while guiding The Soapbox’s long-term mission work. They are enthusiastic ambassadors for The Soapbox, sharing our work with their communities. A love and appreciation of the handmade – specifically book, zine, print, and paper – is helpful to understanding our mission, as is a commitment to community and the power of art to support social justice work. While maintaining studio access, a library of handmade publications, and educational programming, The Soapbox is currently engaged in strategic work in diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as developing a road map towards a paid staff member. 

We welcome and appreciate applications from people of all backgrounds, spanning age, race, class, sexuality, ability, gender, etc. If you would like to be considered for the board, please submit a Statement of Interest by February 14. To nominate another individual, please complete our Nomination Form by January 31. Nominated individuals will then be asked to submit a Statement of Interest. Date and time for an online information session will be added soon. For more about The Soapbox, visit www.phillysoapbox.org or email us with questions at info@phillysoapbox.org.

The Details:

Roles: Board members should anticipate leading activity in their designated area (such as the areas outlined above), and may provide some support as needed on other tasks, e.g. contributing to planning an annual fundraising event, while acting collaboratively to steer the organization.

  • fundraising/development may include event planning, building donor relationships, planning fundraising campaigns, grant applications; 
  • member coordination or other studio operations includes tracking data, correspondence with members, training and development of equipment offerings;
  • treasurer will lead financial planning and oversight, bookkeeping, financial transactions;
  • equity work includes strategic leadership in organizational anti-racism work, relationship building.

Term: Board terms are for two years and renewable. We are seeking board members to begin service in March.

Required Meetings: Meetings of the board currently take place the last Monday of each month, 6:15 – 8:15pm, via Zoom. (Pre-pandemic, we alternated in-person and online meetings, but board members need not be local to participate.) Attendance at 8 – 10 of our 10 – 11 full board meetings is expected, as are routine committee meetings. One annual day-long board retreat is required each year. The board retreat is a focused and critical meeting. It may involve team building, strategic planning or fundraising. This meeting is typically scheduled for one full day on a weekend in early August.

Requirements

100% Board Giving. We ask for all board members to support our work through a donation each year at a level that is personally significant – whether that is $1 or $1 million. We expect all board members to contribute to fundraising efforts as an ambassador for The Soapbox.

Working Board. As a small, volunteer run organization, we anticipate that board members will give of their time and expertise outside of board meetings, at a level that accommodates each individual’s interest, availability, and strengths while continuing to support the mission of The Soapbox. Anticipated commitment ranges from 10 to 20 hours per month of work, depending on board member capacity and role.

Benefits: The Soapbox – both the board and the studio and library audience – fosters a rewarding community of creative and dedicated individuals. Board members develop new relationships and shape what takes place at The Soapbox at this exciting time of growth, ensuring its success. Play a role in supporting creativity, preserving craft, and nurturing self-expression in our communities.

Insurance: The Soapbox carries Directors & Officers Liability Insurance.

Here are some great articles about serving on a non-profit board for those with questions!

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-be-on-a-nonprofit-board-without-regretting-it-2501802

https://www.thebalance.com/are-you-ready-to-be-a-nonprofit-board-member-2501809

We’ll be happy to tell you more about serving on our board! Drop us a line at info@phillysoapbox.org

Statement of Interest Form: https://forms.gle/sB141CfhfUnQQ5Cz8

Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/3nwZAiYU3tuHQt5T6