Providing Board members with clear and concise job descriptions when they take up their positions ensures that both the Board member and the Organisation are on the same page when it comes to what is expected of the Board member. The Board could decide to have one job description applicable to all members except the Boards executive members namely the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
The Job Description doesn’t have to be rocket science, it should set out the position to be held by the board member, what authority they are to exercise, the board and board members area of responsibility, the term of office, evaluation terms, qualifications and skills that the board member is expected to possess, as well as any benefits that may accrue to the board member during their term of office.
Even though setting out the above is no guarantee that board members will always tow the line, it is a good way to determine whether or not they deliver on what is required of them. In a future blog we will tackle the thorny issue of how to enforce board member responsibilities.