The first step for a Board of Directors is a comprehensive job description and orientation. This means ensuring that each member knows his/her responsibilities and is equipped with the tools and information to effectively lead the organization.
Effective board committees are an integral part of an organization’s planning and overall operations.
Job descriptions are as important for volunteer board members as they are for emloyees.
Here are some guidelines for creating or reviewing a voluntary, community-based organization’s mission statement.
Effective orientation for new board members begins with a board manual that clearly describes the organization and outlines the responsibilities of board members. Of course, nothing can replace an orientation session combined with written materials, to clearly outline the new board members role.
Directors of not-for-profit corporations are, like the organizations they serve, a diverse lot.
Workbooks include: Board Building: Recruiting and Developing Effective Boards; Drafting and Revising By-laws; Developing Job Descriptions for Board Members; Hiring and Performance Appraisal of the Executive Director and Financial Responsibilities of Non-profit Boards.