Job titles signify the level or rank of an employee in an organization’s hierarchy. Although board positions differ in an organization, the structure generally remains the same. A nonprofit’s leaders determine the boards overall composition. In a nonprofit organization, there are two main responsibilities that all members must follow: Support and governance.
Board of Directors:
Made up of men and women that are elected by the shareholders for multiple-year terms. They follow the organization’s bylaws and direct the organization in achieving its vision, mission, and values. They are responsible for reviewing and evaluating present and future opportunities, strengths, threats, and risks.
Chairman of the Board/President:
Chairman is the head of its board of directors. Typically they provide leadership in the organization. They oversee the board making sure the board’s activities are focused on the organization’s mission. Ensure the board adheres to the organization bylaws and is ultimately responsible for all functions of the organization. The chairman promotes the organization’s sole purpose in the community.
Vice Chair/Vice President:
The vice president assists the president in fulfilling the mission of the organization. And will act in the president’s place in his/her absence.
The secretary position is one with wide-ranging responsibilities. Communication is mandatory throughout the board, notifying members of all meetings. The secretary listens carefully to all requests and makes clarifying statements, deliberating and discussing matters, asking opinions from others and offers constructive feedback. It is the secretary’s responsibility to manage important records, board meeting minutes, and organization bylaws. The secretary must be responsible for maintaining accurate documentation and meeting annual filing deadlines. Making sure all documents are safely stored and readily accessible to the organization is another vital role.
The role of the treasurer is vital to any organization, and a huge responsibility. The position of the treasurer requires financial expertise, dedication, time and patience. The treasurer manages the overall fiscal health of the organization. The treasure reviews and maintains daily financial transactions and record keeping on a daily basis. Some responsibilities include: Financial administration, Financial management, Assist the auditor, Fundraising, Monthly financial reports.
Board members who do not have a previously discussed role typically volunteer their services. They attend meetings, vote on current and upcoming board matters, and receive updates on the progress of the organization. They adhere to all rules and regulations of the organization.