It is not change itself that poses challenge but how we cope with change, and a need for tools and support has never been more evident. Life in the 21st century is fast-paced and we want to take Montessori into the wider community to support other children, young people, neurodiverse people, older people and diverse communities. Montessori observed how the interdependencies between all living things impact each other and our planet. Using Montessori tools and insights, we believe that we can help communities of all kinds to learn, develop and grow stronger. This will benefit all our lives as well as our living environment.
Expanding our Board of Trustees
The EMAS Foundation is a charitable trust which is affiliated with but independent of the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School. We are ready to welcome and work with more Trustees to bring Montessori to diverse communities.
• The Trustee role is about engaging with diverse groups in Edinburgh, Scotland and internationally and partnering with / helping to develop initiatives where the Montessori approach can add value.
• Benefits: You will be part of fascinating work with an enthusiastic and diverse team of others. There is scope to help to set the strategic direction of the Foundation and to provide support and guidance to the Board. You will join our team of Ambassadors who help ensure that everyone knows what we do and how we can help, if they need us.
• Experience: we are particularly interested in Trustees with knowledge or experience of community initiatives / stakeholder engagement /business / fundraising or grant seeking or finance / education / the natural world / caring fields. The Foundation encourages applications from a range of backgrounds, and you do not need to have previous Montessori experience. Passion and/or lived experience are also interesting for us.
• Time Commitment: It is anticipated that a minimum of 1 day per month, to suit your schedule and specific interests, might be appropriate.
• Board meetings: We envisage one short Board meeting per month which it will be important to attend. Board meetings will be a mix of zoom meetings and physical meetings in Edinburgh.
• Remuneration: A Trustee is a voluntary position and is not remunerated, however, agreed travel and associated expenses will be reimbursed.
• Service: Trustees serve for a 3-year term (renewable).
To apply for the role, please send an email indicating why you are interested and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short background info on the Foundation and the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School is at emaschool.co.uk/about-us/emas-foundation, and you are very welcome to get in touch if you have questions.
It is important to be actively interested in the objectives of the Foundation and willing to dedicate limited time to ensuring that the work of the Foundation makes an impact. Good governance as set out in charity law, OSCR requirements and accepted best practice is expected. Applicants must be eligible to be appointed as a charity trustee based on the conditions laid out in Section 69 of the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The EMAS Foundation will soon convert from a Charitable Trust to a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).