Developing Board Job Descriptions
How does a board of directors achieve its goals of overseeing your organization?
This toolkit outlines some of the processes that you will need to consider and develop to build and maintain your board, determine its effectiveness, and enact all of the board’s duties in a consistent and transparent way. Developing, documenting and following your processes will ensure that: you are functioning according to the law, your board members understand how to participate in decision making, and your members have opportunities to engage with the organization, in particular decision-making processes. This can lead to a more inclusive and equitable community-based organization.
- To understand some of the key processes for building and maintaining a board.
- To understand essential processes and decision-making in your governing body
- To understand how to use tools and templates provided to develop and follow practices for good decision making.
A governing or leadership body, or governance, is the group of people that makes decisions on behalf of your group or organization. Depending on the size of your group, they can make larger, strategic decisions, or they may make all the decisions, including those that guide programs and services,
The managing your governing body is focused on leadership engagement and accountability structures. It looks at the purpose, relationships and interactions of different stakeholders in the organisation
- To have the ability to identify and understand key components of governance structures
- To have better knowledge and understand methods for structuring and managing the governing body
- To gain insight and tools that facilitate effective governance practices and the creation of shared understanding at all levels of the organisation
What is Risk Management ?
Doing community work involves risk, even when we don’t realize it. Risk can impact our organization, our services, and our clients if we don’t carefully manage it. Risk is a part of most of our activities; we can’t escape it. When we make decisions about strategy, funding, programs and services, we are taking risks.
When we host events, programs, and engage with clients, we are taking risks. It is impossible to do community work without taking risks. However, there are some tried and tested practices for helping boards and staff teams identify risks, assess them, and create plans, processes and policies to help ensure that we don’t suffer bad consequences of risk.
- To understand what risk is and how it can affect your organization.
- To identify and apply methods for identifying and assessing risk at your organization.
- To identify and apply methods for managing a risk at your organization.
Depending on the size and scope of your organization, your Boards of directors’ roles can look very different. They can participate in running the organization, like an Operating/Working Board, or only address operations and strategy, like a Policy Board. Your Governance Model/Board Type is not static; it can change as your organization grows and evolves.
Take some time to explore the different Governance Models/Board Types —this toolkit does not provide an exhaustive list as there are many variations or combinations of Models/Types that you can utilize. The Model/Type you select should be right for your organization: the size, the scope of your work, your community, your organizational culture, and your strategy moving forward.
Toolkit Learning Objectives:
• Understand Nonprofit Governance Models/Board Types
• Identify some of the key characteristics of 4 basic board models
• Be able to propose a Model/Type for your organization