Board of Directors Application Guidelines and Link to Form

 April 2020

The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) Overview

The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) was founded in 1948 “to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed.” Jane Addams was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received in 1931, and JAPA honors her by fostering her spirit in our work.

JAPA is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting a variety of peace education projects. Since 1953 we have honored the outstanding children’s books promoting peace and justice with the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (JACBA).

JAPA Mission Statement:

To deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue, and social action.

JAPA Vision Statement:

We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.

JAPA Core Values:

In the tradition of peace activist and leader of the settlement house movement Jane Addams we value:

Changemaking: We work with and learn from others as we together make a positive difference in our communities and world.

Empathy: We seek to understand the perspective and experience of others by engaging in dialogue and heartfelt reflection.

Respect: We honor the dignity and inherent strengths of each individual, group, and community.

Justice: We actively promote equity in access, meaningful participation, and rights for the diverse people and groups that make up our world.

Youth: We honor and value youth as changemakers in their communities and in the world.

Leadership, Governance & Oversight

The Board is composed of a President and Vice President, or Co-Presidents, as well as other members, up to a total of nine. Each member serves on at least two of the Board’s standing committees, chairing one. Those committees are the Executive Committee, Board Development Committee, Finance Committee, Resource Development Committee, Marketing Committee and Program Committee.

Board Member Expectations

  • Participate in two-day board meetings in April and October (note: the October 2020 meeting will be virtual)
  • Participate in the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony and activities (2021 and onward)
  • Participate in virtual meetings (during a period of challenges we have been meeting monthly, but our goal is quarterly meetings)
  • Serve on 1-2 committees and/or working groups
  • Provide feedback on initiatives
  • Use Slack and JAPA email for communication
  • Anticipate 8-10 hours of time per month
  • Actively support fundraising and development activities to support the organization’s mission

Directors are elected to serve a three-year term and can be selected for a second three-year term.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the Jane Addams Peace Association mission and who has a track record of board leadership, activism, and/or work with young people.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Professional experience with leadership accomplishments in education, youth programming, publishing, fundraising, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of JAPA’s youth beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • An affinity for cultivating relationships and convening, facilitating, dialoguing, and building consensus among diverse individuals

Currently, we are additionally seeking board members especially with the following areas of professional expertise and lived experience to ensure diverse board membership for equitable and informed decision making:

  • Skill Sets of legal expertise for nonprofits, communications, fundraising, web development, and children’s literature
  • Networks of librarians, affinity groups and organizations (NAACP, Latinx Chamber of Commerce etc.), Social Justice Book Community, Government, and Philanthropic Community
  • People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and disability statuses

Serving on the board is a volunteer position without remuneration. JAPA reimburses travel expenses to the in-person board meeting in accordance with our travel policy.