Source: Train Your Board
If you’re like me, you’ve probably taken a new job without having a complete picture of your responsibilities – in other words, without seeing a job description first.
Undoubtedly you encountered workplace surprises, not all of them pleasant.
Board service is a job, too. Like any job, it has specific requirements and responsibilities. Board members may be volunteers, but they have the right to expect non-monetary compensation: a sense of fulfillment, the opportunity to learn new skills, the privilege of being part of an effective team.
Why your board needs a job description
Nearly all successful boards have some sort of “job description” or “board agreement” or “board contract.” A clearly-drawn board agreement is helpful in several ways.