Building Leadership

Board Job Descriptions

 



 

What is the job description of a board chair?

  • Oversees board and executive committee meetings
  • Works in partnership with the chief executive to make sure board resolutions are carried out
  • Calls special meetings if necessary
  • Appoints all committee chairs, and with the chief executive, recommends who will serve on committees
  • Assists chief executive in preparing agenda for board meetings
  • Assists chief executive in conducting new board member orientation
  • Oversees searches for a new chief executive
  • Coordinates chief executive's annual performance evaluation
  • Works with the governance committee to recruit new board members
  • Acts as an alternate spokesperson for the organization
  • Periodically consults with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance

What is the job description of a board vice chair?

  • Attend all board meetings
  • Serve on the executive committee if one exists
  • Carry out special assignments as requested by the board chair
  • Understand the responsibilities of the board chair and be able to perform these duties in the chair's absence
  • Participate as a vital part of the board leadership


What is the job description of a board secretary?

  • Attend all board meetings
  • Serve on the executive committee if one exists
  • Ensure the safety and accuracy of all board records
  • Review board minutes
  • Assume responsibilities of the chair in the absence of the board chair, chair-elect, and vice chair
  • Provide notice of meetings of the board and/or of a committee when such notice is required

What is the job description of a board treasurer?

  • Attend all board meetings
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives
  • Understand financial accounting for nonprofit organizations
  • Serve as the chair of the finance committee
  • Manage, with the finance committee, the board's review of and action related to the board's financial responsibilities
  • Work with the chief executive and the chief financial officer to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis
  • Present the annual budget to the board for approval
  • Review the annual audit and answer board members' questions about the audit

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Each sample job description is intended to be a jumping off point, and likely will need to be tailored to meet the particular needs of your organization. Feel free to use and tailor these descriptions for your needs.



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Sharon Blakey
Very helpful information.
7/28/2014 1:48:58 AM


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