Join Our Board

Ramah in the Rockies is actively looking to engage leaders to fill several positions on our board of directors, the elected group of volunteers who support the work of Ramah in the Rockies and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance for our organization.

Below is more information about the current desired skill set and commitment we ask from each board member. Being engaged, participating in a committee, and making a meaningful financial contribution are all part of the job. Those interested in non-profit board service, but not ready to make the full board commitment yet, are encouraged to join a committee like finance, governance, or program to support board efforts behind the scenes to get a taste. This is an opportunity to have a direct impact on Ramah in the Rockies for generations to come.

Interested in joining our board of directors or board committee?

Contact Matt Levitt at matt@ramahoutdoors.org or 303-261-8214 x118 

Board of Directors (as of September 2018) 

  • Dirk Bird
  • Cory Dulberg
  • David Engleberg
  • Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald
  • Risa Isard
  • Scott Michaud, Vice chair
  • Dr. Marcus Oginsky, Secretary
  • Gil Rosenthal, Chair
  • Joel Sisk
  • Donald Skupsky, Past President
  • Rabbi Marc Soloway
  • Ben Tischler

Finance and Accounting Skills Needed

  • Budgeting and Financial Planning – CFO, CPA (finance, management), Financial Advisor
    • Develop an annual operating budget with staff.
    • Develop multi-year operating budgets that integrate strategic plan objectives and initiatives.
    • Connections to financial institutions (including non-profit funding sources)
    • Investment Policy (draft, monitor and update)
  • Accounting/Internal Controls/Reporting – CPA (management), Bookkeeper
    • Develop and populate reports.
    • Identify and evaluate appropriate accounting technologies.
    • Monitoring compliance with accounting policies.
    • Monitoring bank accounts (restricted, etc.) and investments.
  • Tax – CPA (tax), tax attorney
    • Select tax accountant
    • Review the draft tax return as presented.
    • Present the tax return to the finance committee/board.
    • Provide advice regarding tax matters as they arise. Some examples:  state employment tax issued (wage and hour), property tax exemptions.
  • Risk – CFO, CRO, Attorney (corporate)
    • Insurance requirements and reviews
    • Record retention
    • Annual risk analysis and policy review
  • Audit – Auditor or CFO, CPA (management, finance – familiarity with audits) 
    • Recruit and select the auditor.
    • Review the draft audit/review as presented by the auditor.
    • Present the audit report to the full board of directors.

Attorney Skills Needed

  • Corporate/Non-Profit – often an attorney will serve as the board secretary
    • Ensure compliance with applicable governance requirements (law, bylaws, etc.).
    • Review corporate structure.
    • Develop board policies.
    • Contract review.
    • Triage initial legal issues.
    • Background with non-profits helpful.
  • Employment
    • Develop employee policies and forms for use.
    • Address employee issues as they arise.
  • Real Estate/Development
    • Leases (as applicable for BaMidbar, other).
    • Permitting and land use issues (e.g., help with Forest Service access issue, environmental matters).
    • Construction contract review and management
  • Litigation
    • Assist with disputes (suppliers, contractors, etc.)
  • Tax
    • Review tax returns.
    • Best practices for compliance with IRS requirements for non-profits.
  • Finance
    • Negotiate loans and other financing.
  • Risk Management

Dear Board Member,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the board of directors of Ramah in the Rockies. The organization you are joining is continuing a long tradition of Ramah summer camping, dating back some seventy years. We are part of the Ramah camping network that collectively serves over 9,000 young Jews each year. At the same time, our camp in Colorado is relatively young, about to begin its tenth year of operation.  In our short history we have seen tremendous growth of a new concept (a rustic Jewish wilderness camp) along with so many ups and downs associated with founding, growing and sustaining a new organization.

While our professional staff, summer and year round, are second to none, we know that our continued success rests partially in the decisions, oversight and guidance made by an engaged board of directors.  None of our board members receive compensation, and all serve out because they believe in our vision, mission and values. We do not take this volunteer work for granted, and despite our best efforts, never can say THANK YOU enough!

As you begin your term on our board of directors, I hope you will stay engaged in all aspects of our organization.  Come and spend a few days at camp and see our community in action. Pick up the phone and call any member of our year round staff (including me) to say hi and to offer ideas.  And let your friends, family and coworkers know about our camp. While our core product is our summer camp for children, we also are home to a retreat center and ranch that is available for rent.  We run “off-season” programs such as Shavuot and adult camp and our our ranch is home to the new BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy program.

I look forward to speaking often and working together in the years to come.

Rabbi Eliav Bock, Executive Director

Each year board members of Ramah in the Rockies review a statement of understanding and goals found in this document. Here is the sample text:

As a board member of Ramah in the Rockies, I am fully committed and dedicated to the mission and have pledged to carry out this mission. I understand that my duties and responsibilities include the following:

  1. I am legally responsible, along with other board members, for this organization. I am responsible to know and oversee the implementation of policies and programs.
  2. I am fiscally responsible, with other board members, for this organization. I will know what our budget is and take an active part in reviewing, approving, and monitoring the budget and fundraising to meet the needs of the organization.
  3. I accept the bylaws and operating principles manual and understand that I am morally responsible for the health and well-being of this organization.
  4. I will give what is for me a substantial financial donation. I may give this as a one-time donation each year, or I may pledge to give a certain amount several times during the year.
  5. I will actively engage in fundraising for this organization in whatever ways are best suited for me. These may include individual solicitation, undertaking special events, writing mail appeals, and the like. I am making a good-faith agreement to do my best and to raise as much money as I can.
  6. I will actively promote Ramah in the Rockies, encourage and support its staff, and work in concert with the board of directors, representing the organization to the general public through my professional, personal, and social networks.
  7. I will attend board meetings, be available for phone consultation, and serve on at least one Ramah in the Rockies committee.
  8. I will assist in volunteer and board member recruitment efforts.
  9. I understand that the professional staff and board chair will provide me with all the tools to be successful including access to regular and relevant program, financial, fundraising and similar documents used to manage the organization so I can understand how the organization is functioning.
  10. I accept my legal and fiduciary responsibility to the board by staying informed about what is going on in the organization; asking questions and requesting information; participating in and taking responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies, and other board matters.
  11. I agree to review my goals at the end of the year with the board chair and executive director.

As a board member of Ramah in the Rockies, I commit to the following this year:

  • Make a personal pledge commitment of $_____ to Ramah in the Rockies.
  • Recruit _____ members to the organization to serve as volunteers, committee members, AND new board members.
  • Actively participate in the following Committee(s): _____
  • Help raise funds to support our work. My goal amount is _____, which I plan to fulfill through _____.
  • My personal goals as a board member for the year are: _____

In signing this document, I understand that no quotas are being set, and that no rigid standards of measurement and achievement are being formed. Every board member is making a statement of faith about every other board member. We trust each other to carry out the above agreements to the best of our ability.

RAMAH STAFF AND BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Updated July 2018

What is the Board of Directors?

The group of people legally charged with responsibility and authority to govern the organization.

What are the main responsibilities of the Board?

The following are the key responsibilities of the Board:

  1. Determine the camp’s mission and purpose and be its ambassador – it is the Board’s responsibility to develop and periodically review a mission and purpose statement that articulates to the public the organization’s goals, means, accomplishments and primary constituents served, and garners support from the community.
  2. Select, support and evaluate the Executive Director – the Board reaches consensus on the Executive Director’s responsibilities and develops a clear job description; searches to hire the most qualified individual; and reviews and evaluates the Executive Director’s performance regularly to provide needed support.
  3. Provide proper financial oversight and adequate resources – the Board must assist in developing and approve the annual budget; make sure that proper financial controls and systems are in place.  In addition, it is just as important for the Board to work in close partnership with the Executive Director and development staff to raise funds and to donate themselves.
  4. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability – the Board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms by developing and following the bylaws and policies or the organization; and identifying areas of need for legal, financial and ethical resources to assist the organization with such adherence.
  5. Ensure effective strategic planning – the Board must actively participate with the staff in the overall strategic planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  6. Recruit and orient new Board members and assess Board performance – the Board is responsible for articulating prerequisites for candidates, orienting new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluating the performance of the Board overall as well as its individual members.
  7. Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services – the Board is responsible for determining which programs are consistent with the mission and for monitoring their effectiveness.

What are the main responsibilities of the Executive Director and Staff?

In our organization, the Executive Director is the principal professional responsible for the implementation of the strategic plans and policies established by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Staff is paid person(s) who report to the Executive Director and assist him/her in carrying out assigned tasks.

Main Responsibilities of the Executive Director and Staff include:

  1. Mission, Program, Product and Service Delivery – implements mission by overseeing design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
  2. Strategic Planning and Implementation – implements policies and strategic plans, recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
  3. Board Administration and Support – supports operations and administration of the Board as well as its evaluation of the Executive Director; interfaces between Board and staff.
  4. Legal, Financial, Tax and Risk Management – identify legal, financial, tax and risk management issues relevant to the organization and, working with the Board, source outside resources to assist with such issues.
  5. Facilities Management – effectively manages and maintains the organization’s facilities and other assets.
  6. Human Resource Management – effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
  7. Community and Public Relations – assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong and positive light to relevant stakeholders.
  8. Fundraising – oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.