Responsibilities of Board Members
Serving on the board of directors of any organization is much more than just attending meetings and having a title. If you cannot find time to attend the meetings, then you should not agree to serve on the board. A board member should be committed to the Corsicana Main Street Program by giving of his/her time, experience, skills, and some level of monetary resources to advance the mission and goals of the organization.
The board of directors is responsible for the general direction and supervision of the Program, but does not handle day-to-day operations. The executive committee – made up of the board officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary) – and employees (both paid and volunteer) manage daily routines. However, this doesn’t mean that board members should not take a lead role on teams and committees.
Effective board members should anticipate a time commitment of between two and eight hours each month.
Following are some general activities that involve a MSAB member:
-Determine the objectives and policies of the organization
-Develop a long-range strategic plan
-Ensure that the organization is carrying out its mission
-Work with decision-makers on issues of local economic development and preservation
-Learn how the organization and the board operates, including funding sources
-Always be on the lookout for new members and sponsors
-Teamwork is also an important aspect of being a board member. The board of directors is a team, not a group of individuals.
-And, above all, the board of directors must be accountable for its conduct. Ethics begin with individual board members.
Specific responsibilities of a MSAB member include:
-To establish as a high priority attendance at all meetings of the board and committees;
-To come prepared to contribute to the discussion of issues and business to be addressed at scheduled meetings;
- To represent the organization in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places and to support all actions taken by the Board even when in a minority position on such actions;
-To work with and respect the opinions of peers who serve on the board and to leave personal prejudices out of all board discussions;
-To observe parliamentary procedures and display courteous conduct in all board, committee and task force meetings;
-To refrain from intruding on administrative issues that are the responsibility of management, except to monitor the results and prohibit methods not in congruity with board policy;
-To avoid conflicts of interest between position as a board member and personal life and declare a conflict and refrain from voting on matters in which a conflict exists;
-To agree to serve on at least one committee, regularly attend meetings, and participate in the accomplishment of its objectives and respect the roles of the chair and other volunteers;
-To participate in strategic planning meetings, board self-evaluation programs, and board development workshops, seminars, and other educational events that enhance skills as a board member.