Board Control & Responsibility

Boards are responsible to the membership for the organization. If the organization identifies and acts on strategic opportunities, it is a credit to the board. If the organization meets goals set to achieve those strategic opportunities, again, that is a credit to the board. If there is no strategic direction and only fuzzy goals, the board is obviously at fault. If the board set clear strategic direction and goals but staff fails to implement adequately, it is still the fault of the board. Why? Because the staff work for the organization and the board is responsible for the organization.

Board control over staff work operates through the transfer point of the board chair and the senior staff officer. All direction to the staff from the board goes through that two person conduit, not around it. That conduit also acts for all staff issues with the board except for specialized reporting such as assigned project support.

The board hires and fires the senior staff officer who in turn is responsible for the rest of the staff. That senior staff officer needs a job and role description and annual performance goals and review which are set and conducted by the board. So, if the implementation side is sub-standard that must come up in the board's review of the senior staff officer, result in discipline and eventually termination if not corrected expeditiously.

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