BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPLICATION
Thank you for your interest in serving on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock. Serving on the board is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Completing this form will help you understand the skills and time/resource commitments of this leadership position. You may find it helpful to read through the entire application and Board Member Roles & Responsibilities before you begin filling it out.
Prospective Board Members will be required to complete a multilayer background check. The information will remain confidential and on file at the BBBS office.
Applications are used by the Board’s Nominating Committee to identify and evaluate potential board candidates. All new directors are elected by a majority vote of current board members.
For more than 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock has been developing positive relationships that have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of youth.
Mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
Vision all youth achieve their full potential.
We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:
Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
Avoidance of risky behaviors
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
To act as a voting member of the Board with full authority and responsibility to develop policies, procedures, and regulations for the operation of the organization; to monitor the organization’s financial health, programs and overall performance; and to provide the Executive Director with the resources to meet the internal and external needs of the agency.
- Establish policies
- Appoint and evaluate the Executive Director
- Assist with securing adequate funding for the organization
- Monitor finances
- Create and update ongoing strategic plans for the organization
- Select and support organization’s Board officers
- Adopt key operating policies and procedures; approve contracts as appropriate
- Set the tone, shape the climate, and develop the ethical standards of the organization
- Serve a minimum three-year term as an elected representative
- Become and continue to be well informed about the agency operations and programs
- Attend meetings well-prepared and well-informed about news and issues
- Participate in at least one standing, planning, or ad hoc committee of the Board
- Support the organization through a personal contribution
- Establish and manage policies and assist with achieving the strategic plan
- Be accountable to the organizational bylaws, the public, and the law
- Monitor and help ensure the financial stability to achieve an adequate and approved operating budget
- Interpret the work of the agency within the community and act as an advocate to enhance its public image and assist in volunteer recruitment efforts
- Evaluate the work of the organization and provide advice on operations as requested by the Executive Director
Board members are “trustees” of the organization and approve an annual budget to ensure Big Brothers Big Sisters can meet financial needs. In addition, board members monitor the overall financial health of the organization by reviewing both monthly, internally prepared financial statements, and the annual reports prepared by an auditor.
Individual board members should attend as many board meetings as possible, actively participate, and serve on committees or as board officers. Finally, board members have the responsibility to know and fulfill their proper role as board members and to act in the best interests of those served by the agency.
Time Management Expectations
- Complete board orientation within the first six months of election to the board.
- Attend regular board meetings.
- Attend Special Events.
- Commit to host/introduce agency activities and events, and encourage friends, family, co-workers and other contacts to attend/participate in events.
Commit to make a personal contribution at a level which is solely determined by the donor. While, there is no minimum gift; it is the commitment to the long-term interest and support of BBBS that is desired in combination with a monetary gift that is carefully considered. Further, Board members commit to participate in all fundraising efforts.
Board terms are three years in length, and may be extended to two consecutive terms. As board elections approach, the Executive Director contacts all board members with expiring terms to discuss continuing involvement on the Board, and/or on a Board committee, in an advisory board capacity, etc. Continuing committee work and/or an advisory position provides a way to maintain involvement of retiring board members who are encouraged to continue to share their knowledge and skills with the organization.