AASHE Seeks Nominations for New Board Members
Nominations are due October 31st, 2013.
We invite you to nominate candidates for the Board of AASHE over the next 30 days. You may have noticed that this request is coming out later than the past announcements in June. This year, the call for nominations has been rescheduled for two very important reasons: 1) to allow our community’s voice at the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo in Nashville to provide input and dialogue during the nomination process and 2) to provide time for potential governance changes in AASHE’s bylaws that define the selection of new board members. We welcome ongoing member feedback, the goal is to provide to you with opportunities for input and dialogue as the organization evolves. Please consider nominating excellent candidates for consideration.
Description of Role and Responsibilities of AASHE Board Members
Serving as a board member is both a challenging and rewarding volunteer task. While appointment or election to any board is an honor, board members have important legal and fiduciary responsibilities that require a commitment of time, skill, and resources. Prospective AASHE board members should make sure they are familiar with the description below and can commit the time needed to participate effectively.
The purpose of AASHE's Board of Directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of AASHE so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.
Responsibilities of Individual Board Members
• Serve as an active ambassador for AASHE and assist in promoting the mission and programs.
• Stay informed about AASHE's mission, policies, and programs as well as about developments in sustainability, higher education, and nonprofit governance.
• Participate in fundraising through some combination of the following: memberships/renewals, grants, donations, in-kind support, and personal financial contributions to the organization.
• Participate actively in board committees, volunteer for assignments, and work collaboratively with staff.
• Get to know other board members and build a collegial working relationship.
• Prepare for and participate in board meetings and related functions.
• Participate actively in the board's annual evaluation and strategic planning efforts.
• Hold yourself and other board members accountable to this job description.
AASHE strives to create a board that matches the breadth and diversity of higher education. In addition, we seek board members with the following characteristics:
• Demonstrated leadership in support of sustainability in Higher Education.
• Ability to work well with others and to show respect for the ideas and views of fellow Directors and staff.
• Adhere to best practices in regard to honoring established lines of authority and accountability between Board members, executive staff and other staff.
• Ability to see the big picture and think creatively.
• A collegial, collaborative, and egalitarian demeanor.
• Some prior engagement with AASHE and commitment to support AASHE's mission and vision.
The full board holds multi-day, in-person meetings at least once a year (usually twice), and holds bi-monthly phone meetings. Specially called Board meetings may occur on a more frequent basis. Board members may also be asked to attend special events or meetings during the year. In addition, each board member is expected to participate in at least one board committee. Committees meet by phone an average of 6 times per year, depending on their respective work agenda. Overall, board members should expect to contribute an average of 5 to 10 hours per month to AASHE.
Board members serve a 3 year term starting January 1 following the year elected and continuing through December 31 of the third year.
Board members must be associated with a current AASHE member organization.
Board members are not compensated for their service, but may be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties.
More information about the workings of AASHE's Board of Directors can be found in AASHE's Bylaws. BoardSource is a good source of additional information on the role of nonprofit boards more generally, including their legal responsibilities.