Step 4 : Create Positive Board Staff Relationships & Empower Committees
BOARD ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Your board is responsible for two main functions: Board Governance and Organizational Support.
Board Governance includes overseeing these six areas:
(1) Upholding the Mission
(2) Ensuring Financial Health
(3) Adhering to the Strategy
(4) Creating and Applying Organizational Policies
(5) Managing the ED/CEO
(6) Board Sustainability.
Organizational Support is provided at the committee level and may include:
(5) Volunteer Management
Board Committees serve at the request of the Board Chair and work on behalf of the board.
Committees allow specialists on your board to help the board governing properly – and to provide organizational support to the staff, as requested.
Each board committee should have a committee description, annual objectives, and committee files. Optionally, non-board members can be on committees.
For more about board committees, read about “Productive Board Committees” booklet at The Market.
Other committee booklets at The Market are “The Board Development Committee”, “The Fundraising Committee”, “The Finance Committee”, and “The Personnel Committee”.
BOARD STAFF RELATIONSHIPS
The board staff relationship takes its cue from the Board Chair and the Executive Director.
Each board committee should have a strong link to the staff so that the work of the committee complements, and doesn’t compete with, the work of the organization.
For a free copy of this valuable diagnostic tool, click on the title: “A Diagnostic – Board, Staff, and Volunteer Responsibilities”
Click to read about the Productive Board Committees booklet.