The following example has been taken from “Special Events: Inside or Out” by Robert Jackson and Steven Wood Schmader.
BOISE RIVER FESTIVAL
Acknowledged expertise in a business, professional, or community service capacity
Exceptional organizational abilities and administrative talents
Eagerness to participate in and support community endeavours
Values compatible with those of the community
Sincere desire to serve on the Board and contribute significant talent, time and effort to the event
#1 – The best administrator available, perhaps a Chief Operating Officer or President of a corporation, to serve as Board Chair
#2 – A banker, financier, or any leader in an organization pivoting on money and finance
#3 – A top-level public relations expert, publicist, advertising executive or marketing practitioner
#4 – A Certified Public Accountant or an executive – level corporate comptroller or accountant
#5 – A leader in artistic or cultural pursuits, preferably in a professional capacity
#6 – A tourism-promotion executive or anyone in a position of leadership in the travel, hospitality, or leisure-time industries
#7 – A representative of law enforcement agencies
#8 – A salesperson of superior caliber
#9 – An official of a construction industry operation
#10 – An attorney
#11 – An official of the parks and recreation department, a representative of city government, a member of the chamber of commerce, etc.
Serve 4 year staggered terms
All members elected and can be re-elected
Any member can be removed
Should serve as advisors on matters concerning their specialties
BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES
Attend all board and committee meetings
Be informed about the organizations mission, polices, procedures and programs
Review agenda and supporting materials before meetings
Serve on committees and take on assignments
BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILIES
Make a personal financial contribution to the organization through $ and time
Inform others about the organization
Suggest possible nominees for the board
Keep up to date on develops in the organizations field
Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES
Refrain from making special requests of staff
Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities , such as reviewing the organizations annual financial statements.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS TO CONSIDER
Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group.
Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISITICS TO CONSIDER
Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, a sense of humor.