Last week, I shared the initial elements in the job description of a board committee, using the Board Development as the example. The first parts:
- Purpose of the Committee:
- Reports to:
- Staff to the Committee:
- Committee membership and operations:
- Frequency of meetings:
Scope of work for the Board Development Committee
- Monitor effectiveness of governance operations and process, policies and guidelines, and recommend changes as necessary.
- Review and recommend optimum composition for the Board including diversity screens, skills, and behaviors.
- Design and execute an intentional process to recruit and retain the best Board members and officers to help achieve the organization’s mission. The committee does this work for the annual nomination and election process as well as any interim vacancies. Activities include:
- Review the composition of the Board of Directors and identify the gaps.
- Based on identified gaps, secure candidate suggestions, and screen them through a formal interview process.
- Prepare the slate of nominees for board member and officer positions.
- Support ongoing learning for board members and the collective itself.
- Design and facilitate an orientation process for all newly-elected board members.
- Design and facilitate ongoing evaluation processes to recommend and facilitate improvements in individual and collective performance.
- Annual board member self-evaluation, which is reviewed by the committee.
- Feedback to board members whose performance requires improvement.
- Annual governance self-assessment, tabulated and reviewed by the committee. Facilitate process for improvement.