Board Member Job Description

Board  of  Directors

Our  Mission

The  mission  of  Twin  Cities  Pride  is  to  create  experiences  that  bring  the  greater  GLBT  community   together  to  commemorate  our  diverse  heritage,  foster  inclusion,  educate  and  create  awareness   of  issues,  and  celebrate  achievements  in  equality.

Job  Description

The  Board  of  Directors  is  democratically  organized  and  values  each  of  its  members  and  their   opinions.  Serving  on  the  Board  is  part  of  a  philanthropic  process,  which  involves  learning,   empowerment,  and  commitment.

The  Twin  Cities  Pride  Board  of  Directors  sets  policy  for  the  organization;  ensures  that  it  is   operated  in  a  legal,  ethical  and  professional  manner;  represents  the  organization  in  the   GLBT  &  allied  community;  and  assists  in  raising  funds  for  continued  operation  and  fiscal   stability.  Collectively,  the  Board  has  direct  authority  over  the  executive  director,  who  works   with  a  volunteer  staff  to  implement  the  policies,  programs,  and  fundraising  plans  approved   by   the  board.   While   Board  members  do  not  typically  have  direct  involvement  in  the   planning  and  coordination  of  specific  Pride  events,  they  may  be  called  on  to  assist  as   needed  during  various  events.    Board  members  must  also  build  a  working  knowledge  of  all   events  in  order  to  set  governance  standards  that  are  in  the  best  interest  of  the  organization.     All  Board  members  report  directly  to  the  Chairman  of  the  Board.    The  Board  has  a  minimum   of  eleven  members  and  a  maximum  of  fifteen  (including  officers,  which  are  elected  from   within  the  Board).

Time  Commitment

Board  members  serve  two-­‐year  terms,  which  begin  and  end  in  line  with  the  corporation’s   fiscal  calendar.  If  a  board  member  is  elected  during  a  fiscal  year  and  serves  greater  than   50%  of  the  year,  it  will  be  considered  the  first  full  year  of  his  or  her  term.    A  board  member   may  not  serve  more  than  three  consecutive  terms.

The  Board  meets  monthly  and  may  meet  more  often  as  necessary.    Board  members  are   responsible  to  contact  the  Chairman  of  the  Board  if  they  are  unable  to  attend  a  meeting.     Missing  two  meetings  (without  necessary  approval  from  the  Chairman)  will  necessitate  the   re-­‐evaluation  of  a  Board  member’s  continued  service.    Committee  work  is  done  in  separate   meetings  or  independently  and  should  be  completed  prior  to  each  month’s  Board  meeting,   or  as  directed  by  the  committee  chair  and/or  Chairman  of  the  Board.       Board  members  are  expected  to  attend  event  produced  by  Twin  Cities  Pride.    As  the  face  of   the  organization  to  the  community,  Board  members  are  additionally  asked  to  participate  in   various  activities  and  local  events  at  which  Twin  Cities  Pride  wishes  to  be  represented.     These  may  include  various  charitable  events,  forums,  and  conferences.    Board  members   may  also  be  asked  to  represent  Twin  Cities  Pride  at  regional,  national,  or  international conferences.

Responsibilities

Administrative

• Attend  all  Board  and  committee  meetings,  special  functions,  and  Pride  events

• Understand  and  act  in  accordance  with  the  organization’s  mission  statement

• Be  informed  about  the  organization’s  rules  of  governance,  services,  policies,  and  programs

• Use  sound  judgment  to  form  opinions  &  weigh  facts  when  voting  on  issues  that  impact  the   corporation  and  the  community

• Check  Pride  email  regularly  and  respond  in  a  timely  manner  to  issues  or  questions  related  to   the  Board  or  to  committee  assignments

• Be  able  to  engage  actively  and  respectfully  in  discussion  of  issues  prior  to  voting

• Review  agenda  and  supporting  materials  prior  to  Board  and  committee  meetings

• Lead  or  participate  in  specific  projects  as  directed  by  committee  chairs  or  by  the  Chairman   of  the  Board

Fiduciary

• Be  able  to  read,  understand,  and  discuss  financial  statements  and  budget  related   documents     • Support  funding  in  advance  of  investment

• Give  annually  to  Twin  Cities  Pride  or  be  actively  &  personally  involved  in  fundraising  efforts

• Engage  in  funding  development,  strategic  planning,  and  the  creation  of  organizational  policy

• Assist  the  Board  in  carrying  out  its  fiduciary  responsibilities

Personal

• Accept  and  demonstrate  the  principles  of  equality  and  diversity  that  characterize  the  GLBT   &  allied  movement

• Maintain  the  highest  degree  of  personal  ethics  and  conduct

• Recruit  and  nominate  others  who  will  bring  strength  and  diversity  to  the  organization

Representative

• Act  as  a  good-­‐will  ambassador  within  the  community

• Keep  up-­‐to-­‐date  on  issues  impacting  the  GLBT  community  nationally  and  in  the  Twin  Cities

• Act  as  a  liaison  with  sponsors  &  vendors  during  Pride  events

• Represent  Pride  at  community  events,  meetings,  and  conferences

• Identify  and  connect  with  potential  partners  &  donors

Compensation

Board  service  is   an  excellent  way  to  get  involved  with  the  community,  build  professional   relationships,  and  gain  leadership  skills.    All  Board  members  participate  on  a  strictly  volunteer   basis.    Board  members  may  not  receive  any  financial  compensation  for  their  work  related  to   Twin  Cities  Pride,  either  from  the  organization,  vendors,  or  sponsors.