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Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
Board Recruitment and Diversity
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  • 1. RECRUITMENT & DIVERSITY<br />Bill Taylor<br />Northeast Area Community Development Educator<br />
  • 2. WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?<br />
  • 3. DISCUSSION: <br />City advisory boards are appointed by the City Council, after an application process. What roles do current advisory Board members have in recruiting and filling Board vacancies?<br />
  • 4. Board member roles<br />Share Board’s mission, vision, strategic plan<br />Be prepared to give a 5 minute description of goals & accomplishments<br />Use or make opportunities to inform the public of upcoming openings<br />Evaluate the Board’s and individual members’ performance to determine strengths & weaknesses<br />
  • 5. Board member roles (cont.)<br />Provide information on the types of skills needed to strengthen the Board<br />Cultivate promising individuals<br />Encourage/help applicants<br />
  • 6. traits & SKILLS NEEDED?<br />
  • 7. DISCUSSION:<br />What character traits and skills should new Board members possess?<br />
  • 8. Traits & skills<br />Team player<br />Adds to diversity<br />Visionary<br />Understands the community and its needs<br />Has a passion for the cause<br />Willing to commit to the Board’s meetings, committees, planning sessions, activities<br />Listens well<br />
  • 9. Traits & skills (cont.)<br />Interested & committed to planning & oversight<br />Will speak up when sees an opportunity or threat<br />Will leverage his or her resources to further the mission<br />
  • 10. Traits & skills (cont.)<br />Determine what is needed to accomplish the board’s mission<br />Develop a job description w/ realistic expectations<br />Skills & experience required<br />Accountability to whom? For what?<br />Attendance expected<br />Committee structure & membership requirements<br />Give to candidates<br />
  • 11. Why diversity?<br />
  • 12. DISCUSSION:<br />What is board diversity? Why is it important? Who should be represented?<br />12<br />
  • 13. diversity<br />Diversity is to fully represent the community you serve – ethnicity, religion, age, vocation, income, gender, disability, etc.<br />Need a variety of cultures, values, opinions, perspectives<br />Broadens view, generates alternatives, enhances resources, strengthens board, increases validity to the community<br />
  • 14. Diversity (cont.)<br />“Don’t look for people who are like yourself.”<br />Look for a variety of skills and knowledge to address your strategic priorities<br />
  • 15. Recruiting & qualifying<br />
  • 16. DISCUSSION:<br />What process should be used to recruit and qualify new membership?<br />16<br />
  • 17. recruiting<br />Finding candidates<br />Look for program users and those with a passion for the cause<br />Ask present board members to make suggestions<br />Maintain a list of possible candidates<br />Make face-to-face appointments w/ individuals who will understand how different groups respond<br />Talk to them about being a Board member to represent their group<br />
  • 18. Recruiting (cont.)<br />Finding candidates (cont.)<br />At end of interview, ask for names of 2 more who might be interested<br />Invite the interviewee to the next meeting<br />Don’t let possibility of “no” stop you from asking<br />
  • 19. Recruiting (cont.)<br />Establish your criteria for the position<br />Recruit a prospects pool for each seat<br />Members propose names & why<br />Make it known you’re looking<br />Let the public know about board positions whenever you’re speaking<br />Make announcements to groups<br />Regular advertising<br />
  • 20. Recruiting (cont.)<br />Use personalized requests and messages, don’t rely on mass mailing or ads<br />Be on the lookout all the time for prospects<br />Link the organization’s mission, purpose, accomplishments with the prospect’s needs, desires, dreams, hopes, etc.<br />What’s in it for them?<br />
  • 21. New member success<br />
  • 22. DISCUSSION:<br />What role does the Board and staff have in helping new Board members be successful?<br />22<br />
  • 23. Full Orientation<br />Spend as much time orienting as in the search<br />Cover:<br />Board manual<br />Mission, vision, values<br />History<br />Roles & responsibilities of Board & staff<br />
  • 24. Full Orientation (cont.)<br />Cover (cont.)<br />Administrative calendar, major activities<br />Organizational chart, list of current & planned committees<br />How are meetings conducted, including relevant Roberts’ Rules of Order<br />
  • 25. Board member handbook<br />History<br />Mission/purpose/enabling statute or resolution<br />Philosophy<br />Methodology (how the organization works)<br />Programs<br />Services<br />Management structure<br />
  • 26. Board member handbook (cont.)<br />Staff & volunteer roles<br />Recent meeting minutes<br />Recent treasurer’s and financial reports<br />Any pertinent legal documents<br />Annual calendar of events<br />Other information as needed<br />
  • 27. Other warm-up activities<br />Provide board training<br />Put them to work on a committee, project, or activity<br />Hold annual team-building activity or retreat<br />Ask the outgoing member to help them get started<br />Assign a Board member “buddy”<br />
  • 28. Other warm-up activities (cont.)<br />Be sure they receive meeting agendas<br />Invite them to upcoming events<br />Ask them to give a presentation<br />Provide them with early feedback<br />
  • 29. Performance evaluations<br />
  • 30. DISCUSSION: <br />What role might annual board performance evaluations play in determining recruitment needs? How would annual member evaluations strengthen the board? How can board and member evaluations be conducted and used?<br />30<br />
  • 31. Board & Member Evaluation<br />One of the most powerful tools to stay current & engaged, and encourage member and Board enhancement<br />Don’t need evaluation & training?<br />Same as obese person saying (s)he doesn’t need advice about eating, already an expert<br />
  • 32. Board & Member Evaluation (cont.)<br />Regular, short, practical<br />Minimum of 15 minutes/year by each member to complete questionnaire & 30 minutes of discussion by Board can be transformational<br />Best time - NOW<br />
  • 33. Board & Member Evaluation (cont.)<br />Ten uses of evaluations:<br />Assessing the ED<br />Fundraising: inspire potential donors<br />Recruiting: share successes & challenges<br />Strategic planning: identify strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats<br />Managing finances<br />
  • 34. Board & Member Evaluation (cont.)<br />Ten uses of evaluations (cont.):<br />Organizational assessment: are key functions supporting program delivery?<br />Celebrating success<br />Business planning<br />Managing human resources: professional development & performance reviews<br />Collaborating w/ other organizations<br />
  • 35. evaluations<br />Sample evaluations at The Free Management Library Boards of Directors: http://managementhelp.org/boards/index.htm#anchor401144<br />Evaluation example handouts<br />
  • 36. references<br />
  • 37. Materials from:<br />Numerous documents from The Free Management Library: http://managementhelp.org/<br />BoardSource: http://www.boardsource.org/<br />

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