The Steps to Success Board of Directors is vested with the responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of the organization. The Board is comprised of community partners, educators, parents, Brookline residents, and STS students/alumni. The board generally meets 6 times per year. The Executive Director reports to the Board. Members of the Board have a passion and connection to the STS mission and the overall Brookline community.
- Duty of care - you must act with such care as an ordinarily prudent person would employ in your position
- Duty of loyalty - you must act in good faith and in a manner that you reasonably believe is in the best interest of the organization
- Duty of Obedience - Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.
- Hire, evaluate, and set compensation for Executive Director
- Provide counsel, advice, and guidance to the Executive Director.
- Ensure the current operations and any proposed undertakings of STS serve the mission of the organization and are financially prudent.
- Formulate and approve long-range goals and objectives necessary to achieve the organization’s’ mission
- Serve as ambassadors for the organization
- Represent STS’s interests in the community and report any conflicts of interest.
- Actively engage in fundraising
- Members should develop a 2-minute elevator speech on the mission/purpose of STS to share with prospective donors, friends, colleagues, etc.
- Make a personal financial contribution annually to ensure 100% board giving
- Participate in fundraising campaigns and open doors for staff to raise funds
- Adhere to legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Approve the budget and understand financial basics
- Oversee legal requirements
- Develop and monitor tools to evaluate the general financial health of STS which will guide management and board decision making
- Comply with all policies and procedures as detailed in the By-laws of the corporation.
- Plan for successors
- Recruit a diverse group of volunteers and potential board and committee members.
- Ensure the board’s continuity through long-range planning and continual recruitment.
- Understand the mission, goals, and objectives of the organization.
- Attend all board meetings, committee meetings, and ad hoc meetings, as necessary. Board members may be removed from the board if he/she misses more than two full board meetings in a fiscal year.
- Sign up for one or more committees. The Board Chair may create standing and special committees to serve the best interests of the organization.
- Participate fully and openly in meetings, sharing insights, ideas, and suggestions.
- Make decisions on issues, policies, goals, and objectives based on careful consideration of facts and relevant data.
- Stay informed on board and organizational matters, by reading board materials, attending programs and events, and attending board and committee meetings.