Expectations of Board Members
The NAMLE Board of Directors is a working board. All positions are voluntary. A small part time staff handles bookkeeping and membership database coordination. Other consultants may be hired on a per-project basis. Board members do the bulk of the work needed to run the organization.
Board members are expected to be familiar with and abide by all NAMLE Bylaws and Policies:
- Act in the best interest of the organization, including oversight of NAMLE’s finances.
- Support the expression of a wide range of ideas.
- Approach the work of the organization in a spirit of cooperation, creativity, collegiality, integrity, and respect.
- Attend the annual board retreat. Candidates should hold these dates in the event they are elected. (see timeline above)
- Make NAMLE a top priority in their time and attention for the duration of their term. Chair a NAMLE committee and participate in others as needed. Participate in monthly board meetings via conference call, and other meetings as deemed necessary to carry out NAMLE’s mission, including attendance at the conference. Expect to spend 5 – 10 hours/week on NAMLE business.
- Serve for a full two-year term. Board members may be re-elected twice, providing an opportunity to serve a maximum of six years.
- Become familiar with membership and fundraising and conflict-of-interest policies and programs in order to actively promote the organization to colleagues, assist in recruiting members and help with locating and soliciting funding opportunities.
- Cover their own expenses whenever possible or have their organization provide funding for board service. There is no financial compensation for board members’ service, but in case of need and with prior approval, board members may be reimbursed for expenses.
- Bring a working knowledge of the technology tools necessary for board communication and conducting the business of the organization. The board utilizes conference calls and e-mail to minimize cost. Be prepared to have the technology available to support your active involvement on the board. Experience with Excel is recommended.
- Actively work to ensure that the diversity of NAMLE membership reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
- On selected occasions, represent the organization at non-NAMLE events, conferences, or meetings.
Want to learn more about board service? Send an email to anyone on the current board. The board is happy to discuss board service further with interested candidates.