Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of your organisation than getting highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on your board. Finding and recruiting the right board members for your organisation will take time and planning however there are some steps you can take to make this process easier.

 

Establish a Board Nominations or Board Development Committee

This committee should oversee the recruitment and induction process and be authorised not only to identify new board prospects but also to focus on the effectiveness of the board.

 

Maintain a list of potential board members

Keep an up-to-date list of potential board candidates, including the particular skills they can bring to the organisation. This is often done by the Nominating Committee or the Board Development Committee.

 

Define your organisations needs

To ensure an effective, highly functioning board, you need to define the role and expectations for board members. This means defining the job, understanding the skills required to be successful in that job, and identifying the values and qualities that will enable the new recruit to become part of a cohesive board team. It’s also important to establish specific expectations for individuals and the board as a whole in order to set goals and evaluate performance.

 

Create a job description

This should include the position’s key duties and responsibilities; the necessary requirements to fulfill those; and details on what the commitment entails.

 

Have an application form so you can screen applicants

The form should solicit information about the potential new member, including biographical information, why they want to join this board, what they hope to bring to the board, what they would like to get from their board membership and any questions they might have.

 

Information sourced from Wild Apricot, Free Management Library and Create the Future

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