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An Open Call for New Directors of the Civita Institute (posted 1/13/2020)

If you are a creative and friendly person familiar with Italy and passionate about its culture, who would enjoy donating your time and skills to the collaborative leadership of The Civita Institute, this Open Call is to you. New Directors will join the volunteer board of The Civita Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit begun in 1981, that has enabled scores of Fellows, educational program participants, and Civita Institute members to change the trajectory of their lives through the magic of Civita and Italy! 

In exchange for volunteer leadership, Directors creatively implement our mission “to support and inspire design excellence through education and cultural exchange with Italy.” In honor of the Board’s agreements with our major donors, Astra Zarina and Tony Costa Heywood, for their gift of our facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio that includes five houses situated around a courtyard and large garden plus the Sala Grande with its library and archival collection, Directors work to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the unique qualities of Italian hill towns that remain pertinent to our contemporary experience through the promotion of historic preservation, scholarly research, artistic creation, and other professional explorations.

The Board intends to add up to three new Directors by April 1, 2020. To complement the current Board, skill sets and interests in one or more of the following are preferred:  cataloguing archival collections, member recruitment and benefit tracking, budget management and accountant coordination, taking minutes and recording Board activities, fundraising and event assistance.

A new Director must be:

  • passionate about The Civita Institute mission, its facilities, and Italian hill towns

  • willing to serve as a volunteer Director for 3 years, minimum (excluding unforeseen situations)

  • willing to perform the fiduciary duties defined by WA State law for nonprofits, abide by Italian laws regarding foreign educational nonprofits, and comply with The Civita Institute bylaws

  • able to dedicate 10 hours/ month, minimum, to The Civita Institute including board meetings

  • able to prepare for and attend in-person monthly Board meetings in Seattle and approximately once a year providing a nurturing, pre-Board meeting meal for all Directors

  • willing to participate in a formal training period before exercising his/ her vote

  • eager to lead a Committee and/ or serve as an officer

  • enthusiastic about recruiting volunteers, members, and revenue

  • energized about spending at least one week every three years in Civita to re-connect with our facilities and Civita community during a Director’s Work Party (with some financial assistance).

Benefits of being a Civita Institute Director include:

  • having your fingers on the pulse of cultural exchange with Italy and within the US

  • uniting our US community with our community in Civita

  • meeting incredible people beyond the sphere of daily life

  • developing skills to be successful on a nonprofit board

  • refining your leadership style in ways applicable to any career

  • and perhaps most rewarding, is achieving personal satisfaction by ‘giving-back’ or ‘paying-it-forward’ to enrich the lives of others and support cultural preservation while fulfilling the mission of The Civita Institute. 

If you find these expectations helpful about your potential role on the Board of Directors, and acceptable, we encourage you to download an application via this link. Completed application must be submitted by March 1, 2020 to info@civitainstitute.orgGrazie mille!