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Nashville Freedom Schools

Board of Directors

Nashville Freedom Schools


Job Summary

Nashville Freedom School Partnership uses literacy to instill cultural pride, self-assurance and
active citizenship with a primary focus on children and youth of color. Our vision is to support all
Nashville Children towards activating their potential so future generations can thrive in
community together.

Nashville Freedom School Partnership© (NFSP) is the local affiliate of the award-winning,
national CDF Freedom Schools©, created in 1995 by the Childrenʼs Defense Fund© in
Washington, D.C. The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to ensure every child a
healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful
passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom
Schools® program provides summer and after-school enrichment through a research-based
and multicultural program model that supports K-12 scholars and their families through five
essential components: high quality academic and character-building enrichment; parent and
family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership
development; and nutrition, health and mental health. Our six-week summer program helps to
prevent the summer learning slide children experience when the school year ends.

Our organization is currently seeking applications from interested professionals who want to
support our mission to reduce the literacy challenges facing Tennessee students and their

Job Responsibilities

Board members are responsible for the effective governance of the organization and to become knowledgeable about the organization in order to serve as an advocate in the community and participate in fundraising activities. 

The board meets every other month, with Committee subgroups often meeting in the month in between. Since the pandemic, most of our meetings have been held through Zoom, with some in person events/meetings.

Additionally board members will:

  • Assist in driving forward the strategic vision of our organization
  • Review and approve the annual budget
  •  Assist in fundraising activities
  •  Assist in grant writing activities
  • Help with planning and hosting fundraising events 
  •  Lead donation drives 
  •  Review annual reports 
  •  Provide assistance to executive leadership as needed


  • Prior experience in non-profit organizations would be beneficial, but a passion for Nashville Freedom Schools and a willingness to serve are most important
  • Prior fundraising or grant writing experience valuable 
  • Having one or more of these areas of expertise would be beneficial for serving our mission
    • Legal
    • Financial
    • Social Justice
    • Leadership 
    • Advocacy Expertise


Additional Information

How to Apply

Please apply by emailing CV/Resume and Letter of Interest to our Executive Director, Ashiya
Swan at: 

Applications due by October 31, 2022


  • Date Posted: October 19, 2022
  • Type: Board Member
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Board Leadership