Board Member ConnectCase Study: Berkeley Food & Housing ProjectMarch 2013    Recruiting Solutions                      1
BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY   Challenge: Berkeley Food and Housing Project provides housing and    food p...
BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY   Caroline Nassif, a licensed architect with affordable    housing experience...
BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY   Learn more about Caroline’s experience in her LinkedIn                      ...
Board Member ConnectCase Study: Building Excellent SchoolsDecember 2012    Recruiting Solutions                 5
BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCASE STUDY   Building Excellent Schools supports entrepreneurs (Fellows) to    des...
BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCHALLENGE   One BES school in a major city needed to build its founding board from...
BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSPROCESS•   Advanced searches, job posting, and traditional    networking identified...
BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSOUTCOMES                             Real Estate,            Finance,         Commu...
BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCASE STUDY            Learn more tips from Misha in her LinkedIn                   ...
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  1. 1. Board Member ConnectCase Study: Berkeley Food & Housing ProjectMarch 2013 Recruiting Solutions 1
  2. 2. BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY Challenge: Berkeley Food and Housing Project provides housing and food programs to the homeless. They identified several areas of expertise they needed on their board, including an architect who could advise on affordable housing and commercial tenant improvement issues. Search criteria included: – Local: within 10-25 miles of Berkeley, CA – Skilled: Architect with land use, urban development experience – Diverse: Young or mid-career professional / female Solution: Board member was recruited in less than two months. Terrie Light – Reviewed top profiles in-depth and circulated for board input. Executive Director – Sent 20 InMails for a variety of board profiles; one InMail was targeted at the architect role to which the candidate responded enthusiastically. – Met individually, then with the board and toured the agency. – Elected onto the board within 2 months of the initial InMail.“We would have never known each other without LinkedIn– she didn’t know our organization and we didn’t know shewas looking for a board.”
  3. 3. BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY Caroline Nassif, a licensed architect with affordable housing experience, was actually hoping to join a board when she received Terrie’s InMail. She was unanimously voted onto the the board within two months of being contacted.“I met with Terrie the week after receiving her InMail.It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for Caroline Nassifbefore I even started looking. I never thought LinkedIn Board Memberwas a source for me to find board opportunities - itwas a pleasant surprise.” 3
  4. 4. BERKELEY FOOD AND HOUSING PROJECTCASE STUDY Learn more about Caroline’s experience in her LinkedIn blog post: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/03/27/meaningful-connections-joining- a-nonprofit-board-thanks-to-linkedin/ 4
  5. 5. Board Member ConnectCase Study: Building Excellent SchoolsDecember 2012 Recruiting Solutions 5
  6. 6. BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCASE STUDY Building Excellent Schools supports entrepreneurs (Fellows) to design, found, and sustain excellent charter schools in underserved communities nationwide. One of their first tasks is building a founding board and submitting their application. Misha was tasked with supporting fellows to build 7 founding charter school boards in just 3 months. LinkedIn has been a “godsend,” Misha shared. “With LinkedIn, we have a tool for maximizing the time and effort we put into Misha Charles, Director board recruitment. It has given us a shared platform and of Governance & Board Development language, and made our work more effective and efficient. It has allowed us to push beyond our current networks (via second and third degree connections) and to select for industry, years of experience, and even affinities. We also use profile photos for age, race, and gender diversity. Using LinkedIn, you can build an exceptionally diverse and strong board.” “More than a third of the individuals on our charter school founding boards have been identified via LinkedIn.” 6
  7. 7. BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCHALLENGE One BES school in a major city needed to build its founding board from scratch in just 3 months. Diversity of profession, gender, race/ethnicity, and years of experience were a must, as well as availability and commitment to building a rigorous, college-preparatory school for underserved students. Search criteria included:  Local: within the metropolitan area  Skilled: Real Estate, Finance, HR, Legal, Management Consulting, Marketing and Advertising, and Education  Diverse: Gender, race/ethnicity, seniority  Relevant Background: Past board service, nonprofit experience, connection to community, volunteer work 7
  8. 8. BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSPROCESS• Advanced searches, job posting, and traditional networking identified 140 prospects. LinkedIn 140 profiles for all candidates were reviewed for Candidates identified; diversity. Approximately 85% came from LinkedIn searches,• Contacted more than 65 individuals via email to job posting have first round meetings to assess mission alignment, time commitment and fit. Screened through first and second round• Second round meetings with 13 were used as meetings confirmation, after which the strongest were invited to join the board.“LinkedIn helps to find and open the door to board prospects. Once you identify 8 them, you must thoughtfully evaluate Board members successfully recruited and each through interviews and research.” onboarded in 3 months 8
  9. 9. BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSOUTCOMES Real Estate, Finance, Community Finance, Education, Board service connection Volunteer Nonprofit Law Real estate, Law, HR, Volunteer Communications Board Service• Four of the eight board members were sourced via LinkedIn• The board member’s profiles were included as appendices to the charter application, demonstrating the founding team’s capacity to govern an excellent school• Once they receive approval, the board and Fellow will use LinkedIn to build their board into a broader governing body 9
  10. 10. BUILDING FOUNDING CHARTER SCHOOL BOARDSCASE STUDY Learn more tips from Misha in her LinkedIn blog post: http://blog.linkedin.com/2013/01/16/building-nonprofit-boards-that-transform-lives/ 10

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