Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

By Nick Koerbin

So, you have been elected or appointed to the Board of your member association or local not-for-profit organisation. Here is a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of a Board.

🙋‍♂️ First, It is essential to understand that Boards and management of associations have very different roles, and these must be clearly defined to ensure that everyone is completing their responsibilities. When the Board and the CEO work effectively, operations run more smoothly. Blurred lines regarding governance and management roles can cause delays and frustrations, leading to a less successful organisation and negatively affecting the association's ability to achieve its overarching goals.

🧓 Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
The members of an association’s Board, sometimes also referred to as directors of the Board, are individuals responsible for the overall governance of an association’s values, mission and strategic objectives.

🧑 Governance is concerned with future planning and direction. The Board take a high-level view and oversees significant decisions on policy and performance without being too involved in day-to-day operations.

🧝‍♂️ Some of the board's key responsibilities include choosing the association's CEO, making significant decisions about policy and strategy, overseeing performance, and serving as an external advocate. The Board is supposed to act in the best interests of an association’s members and stakeholders and work towards the stated mission. It is vital that the Board is informed about all big-picture matters to have a comprehensive understanding of the association’s progress and direction.

🧝‍♂️ Board members are not employees of an association. They may be unpaid volunteers or receive some remuneration for their work serving on the Board. However, they are likely to have other interests and roles outside of being a member of an association’s Board; they may have a full-time position for a company, or they may act as a member on a few different Boards (so long as these do not represent a conflict of interests). Board meetings typically take place only a few times a year.