Open Positions

Parent involvement is the key to any great school. It’s also a lot of fun as well as a wonderful way to make friends. Many volunteer positions require very little of your time and effort but offer a big payoff to our children and their school. Please contact the Underwood PTO at for further details on any of these open positions.

Thank you for your continued involvement in making Underwood a vibrant community!We have open volunteer roles for every level of time commitment – both in person and completely virtual!

Our Open Roles for the 24-25 school year include: 

Secretary (One Open Role) One-year term.

  • Maintain PTO meeting minutes;
  • Maintain files/copies of all documentation;

Treasurer (One Open Role) One-year term.

  • Manage payments and receipts;
  • Oversee budget spreadsheet;
  • Oversee bank accounts holding PTO funds;
  • Oversee and communicate special funding requests;
  • Maintain, prepare, and file necessary forms including tax returns

DEI/FORJ (One Open Role) One-year terms

  • Attends monthly city-wide meetings if possible and shares that information with the Underwood school communityW
  • Work with the PTO along with other interested staff and parents on Underwood specific activities and events
  • Coordinate Quarterly DEI-focused conversations w/ Dr. Talukdar and Underwood Community
  • Identify and promote ways to celebrate the diversity of the Underwood Community
  • Act as FORJ liaison for PTO Board

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) Liaison The Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) liaison supports connections between the Underwood School Community and the resources and supports of the city wide FORJ group. This group of diverse Newton families helps children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice. The organization seeks to generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and to work together towards racial equity. See here for more info about FORJ. 

Community Building (One Open Role) One-year terms
This position oversees a variety of programs and activities to build bridges among all families within the Underwood community, including helping Underwood’s Boston families feel welcome. The VP of Community Building recruits volunteers and organizes various family events throughout the year to help families connect to each other.

  • Oversee community-building event efforts (Welcome Back Picnic, Gingerbread House Decorating, Trivia Night, Movie Night, etc.);
  • Develop a recommended budget for community-building events for PTO Annual Budget;
  • Assist in recruitment of event committees (i.e. Movie Nights, Socials, Welcome Back Picnic)
  • Act as liaison between community-building event committees and the PTO Board;
  • Coordinate scheduling of community-building events;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness/value of community-building events held;
  • Research and recommend community-building events/techniques.

Co-Presidents (One Open Role)Two-year Term

The Co-Presidents oversee all PTO Board and Committee responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • PTO Meetings
  • PTO Sponsored Principal’s Coffees
  • PTO Board Meetings
  • Fundraisers
  • Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC) Programming
  • Back to School Picnic
  • Merchandise Sales
  • PTO Newsletters
  • Email blasts
  • Flyers and kiosk
  • Maintain family data/directory to share with Communications Officers
  • Attend PTO Council meetings bi-monthly and meetings with the principal monthly
  • Represent PTO at Kindergarten Orientation Night
  • Create and oversee the PTO budget with the Treasurer
  • Create Nominating Committee and PTO Slate of Officers
  • Act as a liaison between the community, PTO Board, and Principal

You can find out more here. We are looking to fill these positions by MAY, so if you have any interest please reach out to We are always happy to hear from you!

We also have event/organization specific roles for the 2024-25 school year that need to be filled, including:

  • Gingerbread House Chairs
  • Auction Co-Chair
  • Back to School Picnic Chairs
  • UnProm Chairs
  • FUEL Program Coordinator
  • Trivia Night Coordinator
  • Cultural Fair Chairs
  • Science Fair Chairs
  • Fun Run Co-Chair

Please email us if you have any questions, want to learn more about a specific role, or sign up!