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Apply To Our Board of Directors


Please help with this annual effort by nominating yourself or someone else who would be a strong addition to our leadership team. Applications are due February 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

In principle and practice, The Grand Cinema works collaboratively to encourage participation by underrepresented groups and individuals at all levels, and to explore new opportunities.

In presenting the art of independent, international, and local film, The Grand Cinema serve to deepen compassion and understanding; honor freedom of expression; challenge and dismantle systemic oppression; create environments enriched with diverse views and people; and help the development of socially responsible leaders and citizens.

As such, we seek to partner individuals who share these values and who contribute to our fluency as an inclusive organization. We value volunteers who apply their lived experience to their thinking, actions, and perspectives, and therefore compassionately and respectfully work to learn and connect across culture and difference.

In that spirit, we encourage all who represent and share these values and who are invested in our mission, regardless of background, to join our team!

The Grand Cinema MISSION

The Grand Cinema is the South Sound's nonprofit home for independent, international, and local film. As the only nonprofit cinema in Pierce County, we are committed to enhancing the cultural vitality of the community through quality film and educational programming.

One aspect of ensuring that The Grand is successful in its mission is to have a strong and dedicated Board of Directors.

What does the Board of Directors do?
The Grand Cinema is a nonprofit cinema with a small staff and many volunteers. Among those volunteers are the members of the Board of Directors. The board meets to set policies; develop plans for the future; provide fiscal oversight; raise money; select, supervise and evaluate the Executive Director, and advocate for the theater. The board does not select films to be screened at the theater, nor does it involve itself in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

How many people are on the Board, and how long do they serve?
There are 13-17 board members for The Grand, and each serves up to two three-year terms. 

What is involved in being on the Board?
The board meets monthly on the third Monday at 6 PM. In addition to preparing for and participating in monthly meetings, members also serve on one committee and attend those monthly meetings. Board responsibilities also include membership at The Grand, meaningful financial contributions to the Grand, participation in fundraising activities and attendance at selected Grand events.

What are the criteria for selection of Board members?
All board members must be members of The Grand Cinema by the time of the election. Commitment to the mission of The Grand and its success as well as a willingness to work toward that success are the most important criteria. Prior nonprofit board experience is helpful but not required. Candidates with a wide range of networks in the community are also preferred. The ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a diverse group of people is essential.

We are particularly interested in recruiting board members with business, financial, commercial real estate, or fundraising/development experience.

How does one become a candidate for the Board?
Nominations are currently being accepted by the Board Development Committee. Self-nominations are acceptable as are nominations by another person. All nominees will be screened and some candidates will be interviewed by the members of the Board.

Application Deadline
Completed nomination forms must be received no later than February 1.

The form may be emailed to or mailed to The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma 98402.

Members then vote on the slate of candidates by mail or email with results announced in March.

Any questions may be directed to Megan Pottorff, Board President:

Download Application Form:

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