Board Service Opportunity: Now Accepting Applications
Board Member Responsibilities
Board members are expected to:
- Bring broad-based knowledge of issues affecting high-quality early learning and the early childhood profession;
- Carefully prepare for meetings by reviewing and synthesizing the provided background materials;
- Fully participate in group discussions by respectfully offering and listening to diverse points of view; and
- Make thoughtful decisions that are in the best interests of the entire Association.
Additionally, individually, and collectively, Board members are expected to reflect:
- High-quality leadership with the commitment and ability to make meaningful contributions that will help the Association further its mission and vision;
- Understanding and commitment to FLAEYC’s vision, mission, core values and beliefs, strategic priorities, and FLAEYC Board Code of Ethics and Conduct;
- Broad knowledge and awareness of issues facing the early childhood field and ability to conceptualize the appropriate role for the Association as guided by its vision, mission, core values and beliefs, strategic direction, and policies;
- Demonstrated commitment to the Association’s desire to be a high–performing, inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from its commitment to diversity, as embodied by its core beliefs;
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to objectively consider diverse perspectives to guide major policy decisions of FLAEYC;
- Expertise in special areas needed by the Association, including knowledge of FLAEYC’s structure, and/or knowledge, and experience in nonprofit governance and organizational development;
- Commitment of time and other resources to provide vision and leadership as an effectively contributing Governing Board member;
- Ability to be an ambassador and public spokesperson on behalf of FLAEYC and its principles; and
- Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience, including fiduciary and fiscal responsibility, necessary to fulfill the specific responsibilities of their potential Board role.
Finally, Board members have a crucial role to play in raising funds for this organization and are expected to:
- Support FLAEYC by making a meaningful financial gift of at least $120.00 each calendar year;
- Solicit the financial, in-kind, and political support of others and strive to obtain at least $100.00 in contributions made to FLAEYC each fiscal year in addition to his or her personal contribution; and
- Attend as many FLAEYC program and fundraising events as possible.
In addition to carrying out the responsibility’s incumbent on a member of the Governing Board and its Executive Committee, responsibilities and functions of the Secretary include:
- Work with staff to record proceedings of Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings and FLAEYC Annual Business Meeting, and to track action/discussion items from meeting discussions and minutes for future meeting agendas; and
- Confirm, with the President, prepared minutes and present the minutes of the immediate past meeting for approval by the Governing Board.
At-Large Board Member
In addition to carrying out the responsibility’s incumbent on a member of the Governing Board and its Executive Committee, responsibilities and functions of the At-large Board Member include:
- Attend regularly scheduled board meetings;
- Participate in committee work;
- Become informed about the policies and programs of FLAEYC;
- Participate in fundraising activities and special events sponsored by FLAEYC;
- Participate in board orientation activities; and
- Act as an informed advocate of FLAEYC.
In addition to carrying out the responsibility’s incumbent on a member of the Governing Board and its Executive Committee, responsibilities and functions of the SECA Representative include:
- Read and become familiar with the SECA Vision, Mission, History, By-Laws and Policies;
- Keep current on the financial status of your state affiliate and SECA;
- Serve as liaison to the SECA office and the SECA Board of Directors from the state affiliate by:
- Transmitting information to the SECA office and the SECA Board of Directors;
- Serve as contact point for information release by forwarding SECA news to state affiliate boards or by forwarding state affiliate new to SECA;
- Coordinate SECA activities at state affiliate annual conference;
- Maintain contact and visibility with state affiliate’s local chapters and generate membership by connecting personally as their SECA Representative;
- Serve as a member of a SECA Commission as appointed by the President;
- Attend meetings of the SECA Board of Directors;
- Submit a written report prior to each SECA board meeting as directed by the SECA President;
- Become familiar with the SECA policy manual;
- Inform FLAEYC Board of students grants available;
- Inform FLAEYC Board of the requirements of the SECA Representative (Please note that this position requires a full week commitment during the SECA annual conference.); and
- Inform FLAEYC Board of SECA election and campaign procedures.