Join TCA’s Board of Directors!

TCA Board

TCA Board of Directors and NATC Coordinator, 2017

Are you a passionate taiko player or taiko appreciator?  Do you have ideas for the future of the taiko community?  Consider applying for a position on TCA’s Board of Directors!! Listed below are some important dates, deadlines, and details to consider.

Nomination and Vetting Process

  • TCA Board Development Committee (BDC) is the main point of contact for this process. Any questions can be addressed to the BDC at
  • Completed applications and any supplemental information is due to by April 15, 2018 11:59PM PST. BDC will vet the candidate prior to elections by the current board. Notification of elected candidates is expected around May 21, 2018.
  • Criteria for outright elimination of a nominee include any criminal record, past fraudulent behavior, or unverifiable references.
  • In cases where a candidate’s skills or experience do not fit the current board’s needs, BDC can recommend that the candidate withdraw their nomination. The results of the BDC vetting process will be communicated to the candidates in confidence.
  • TCA members may nominate themselves directly or may recommend someone who you believe would make a good candidate to the BDC and the BDC will reach out to the person regarding their interest. It is expected that a recommendation is made with the knowledge/approval of the potential nominee.

Taiko Community Alliance Core Values and Guiding Principles
– Respect: Acknowledging the diversity of philosophies and practices of individuals and groups within the taiko community while maintaining neutrality
– Heritage & Evolution: Actively honoring the past as we look to the future of taiko
– Empowerment: Understanding the transformative power of taiko for both individuals and groups
– Inclusivity: Believing that everyone has the freedom to play taiko and participate in the taiko dialogue, regardless of who they are or where they come from
– Transparency: Appreciating the trust placed in us by the diverse stakeholders of the TCA

The Board will support the work of the Taiko Community Alliance and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by TCA’s Executive Director, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

The purpose of the Taiko Community Alliance Board of Directors is as follows:
– ADVOCATE for TCA and its core values and guiding principles
– OVERSEE TCA financial management and sustainability.
– ESTABLISH ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY to guide TCA actions with values consistent with mission.
– EMPLOY, SUPPORT and REVIEW the performance of the Executive Director.
– PLAN STRATEGICALLY for the future.

Board members are expected to:

  • Be passionate about Taiko Community Alliance, its mission, purposes, goals, policies, and programs.
  • Attend August 18-19, 2018 annual meeting/board retreat, and at least 75% of monthly teleconferenced board meetings. Dates and time of all meetings will be determined at least one month in advance.
  • Be a current Taiko Community Alliance member.
  • Attend the Biennial North American Taiko Conference.
  • Contribute meaningful and significant annual financial gifts.
  • Fundraise to ensure the organization has enough money to carry out its programs and be financially stable.
  • Plan and/or volunteer for TCA activities outside of the NATC.
  • Participate in at least one TCA Board-designated committee.
  • Suggest possible nominees to the Board.
  • Possess a familiarity with and understanding of the taiko art form.

TCA Board Members will consider Taiko Community Alliance a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that are meaningful and significant. So that TCA can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, TCA expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms
TCA Board Members will serve a three-year term and may be re-elected to one additional three-year term.

Other Factors
For this election term, we are especially seeking board members with any of the following skills or experiences:

  • Technology – website development/maintenance, basic programming
  • Accounting – budget creation/management
  • Public Relations – branding, promotion of TCA activities
  • Communications – specifically social media strategy
  • Human Resources – compliance, hiring and onboarding
  • Attendance to past-NATC
  • Geographic representation of the taiko community

PDF APPLICATION: Board_Application_2018
WORD APPLICATION:  Board_Application_2018