Board Responsibilities

Board President Responsibilities

  • Oversees board and executive committee meetings.
  • Works in partnership with the executive leadership to make sure board resolutions are carried out.
  • Calls special meetings if necessary.
  • Appoints all committee chairs, and with the executive leadership, recommends who will serve on committees.
  • Prepares agenda for board meetings and disseminates by email five days prior to meeting date to ensure that board members have time to review issues and actionable items.
  • Assists executive leadership in conducting new board member orientation.
  • Works with the governance committee to recruit new board members.
  • Acts as spokesperson for the organization.
  • Periodically consults with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance.

Board Vice President Responsibilities

  • Attends all board meetings.
  • Serves on the executive committee if one exists.
  • Carries out special assignments as requested by the board president.
  • Understands the responsibilities of the board president and is able to perform these duties in the president’s absence.
  • Participates as a vital part of the board leadership.

Board Secretary Responsibilities

  • Maintains knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Attends all board meetings and takes accurate notes of meeting activites and action items.
  • Serves on the executive committee if one exists.
  • Ensures the safety and accuracy of all board records.
  • Reviews board minutes and emails them to board members in advance of next board meeting.
  • Assumes responsibilities of the president in the absence of the board president and vice president.
  • Provides timely notice of meetings of the board and/or of a committee when such notice is required.

Board Treasurer Responsibilities

  • Attends all board meetings.
  • Maintains knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Understands financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Serves as the chair of the finance committee.
  • Along with the finance committee, manages the board's review of, and action related to, the board's financial responsibilities.
  • Works with the board president and vice president to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis.
  • Presents the annual budget to the board for approval.
  • Reviews the annual audit and answer board members' questions about the audit.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Maintains knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Interprets the organization's work and values to the community, represents the LSRWA, and acts as a spokesperson to the public.
  • Interprets your constituencies' needs and values to the board, speaks out for their interests and on their behalf, and holds the board and organization accountable.
  • Attends at least 75 percent of board meetings, committee meetings, and special events.
  • Each year, but no later than Thanksgiving of each year and without having to be asked, makes a personal financial contribution at a level that is meaningful to you.
  • Actively participates in one or more fundraising activities.
  • Excuses one’s self from discussions and votes where there is a conflict of interest.
  • Stays informed about what's going on in the organization. Asks questions and requests information. Participates in and takes responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies, and other matters.
  • Works in good faith with staff and other board members as partners toward achievement of the board and LSRWA’s goals.
  • Expects the board president to call and discuss your responsibilities as a board member if these commitments to the organization are not being met.
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