The Board as Employer
Section 7 (Items 61-70) of the
Annual Checkup: A Board Governance Self-Assessment
Annual Checkup: A Board Governance Self-Assessment
61. If you have staff, you need to have a personnel policies manual. Here's a great checklist from The HR Department on the essential elements. NEW! This BoardSource handout on the Board's Role in HR Management is a great primer. As our society grows in its awareness of sexual misconduct in the workplace, it's worth a look at this BoardSource document on Preventing Harassment and this Nonprofit Quarterly article about getting the board to talk about sexual misconduct.
62. Looking for a template for an Executive Director Position Description? Here it is! Be sure to modify it for your group's unique needs and circumstances. For those who love BoardSource products, here's a streamlined position description, template CEO contract and article about 6 Core Competencies of a CEO from them. NEW! This position description for an administrator might suit some better.
63. Every volunteer board member likes to see a good template of a performance evaluation tool for the director. This one developed by the Colorado Nonprofits Association wraps in achievements based on the Strategic Plan. NEW! BoardSource did a great How To do the CEO Evaluation handout with 10 steps.
64. The CEO's salary and benefits package should be reviewed regularly by the board. The National Council of Nonprofits has a great sample policy that is IRS-compliant. NEW! Many communities have local compensation studies that boards can use to make sure the packages they offer are comparable. Guidestar also published a national Nonprofit Compensation Report. BoardSource also provides help on this with an article on CEO Bonuses, a checklist for CEO Compensation Planning, and their Elements of a Contract.
65. What goes in your personnel files? All situations are different, but the checklist in this blog from The Balance is a good place to start.
66. Thank you, BoardSource, for this great infographic laying out a timeline for an executive succession plan. NEW! They also have one on How to Succession Plan for CEO. BoardEffect did a great blog on the Benefits of Succession Planning for Your Nonprofit.
67. Federal laws make a clear distinction between employees and independent contractors. Double check to make sure you have classified your staff correctly with this article from the National Council of Nonprofits. NEW! A consulting firm called Benefactor Group put together a wonderful infographic on What to Expect When Hiring a Consultant. The business of having unpaid interns can be dicey. Be sure to check out this guidance from the Federal Wage and Hour Division as well as this Guidestar article written by the Venable law firm.
68. The strength of the relationship between the board chair and the CEO/Executive Director is crucial. Fellow consultant Julia Classen at Aurora Consulting has developed a great worksheet for talking through the things that matter. BoardSource outlined the separate and shared responsibilities of CEO and board in this graph. Associations Now chimes in with a blog on The Right Way to Kick Off the Board-CEO Relationship.
69. The complexities of real-world interrelations between board and staff is being increasingly studied. Here's a great analysis on Shared Leadership from Emily Davis of BoardSource. They've also got ideas for CEOs who want to improve their relationships with their board by Practicing Self Management. NEW! In 2018 BoardSource rounded out their flight of resources in this area with a Board Chair - CEO Relationship FAQs and an article on Receiving Criticism.
70. Many national, state and local organizations have nonprofit capacity building as their mission. Most offer workshops, training programs, conferences, sometimes with certificate programs. Make sure your budget provides some funds so your director can take advantage of these opportunities. For a primer on executive coaching, check out this article from Nonprofit Quarterly.
- An executive transition can lead to great growth or cause great harm. CompassPoint and their partners at Raffa issued this extensive study. BoardSource Senior Governance Consultant Katha Kissman, from Indian River County, provides this great blog on Being Interim. Other BoardSource products include 5 Types of Leadership Transitions, the difference between Acting, Interim and Transition CEOs, handling Emergency Transitions, getting the most from Exit Interviews with departing CEOs, and Exit Planning for a Retiring CEO.NEW! Sometimes a executive transition provides an opportunity to explore strategic alliances with other organizations. Here's a discussion guide from the Power of Possibility.
- CEOs are often elevated from the ranks of staff, and board members are often close with their directors. Here's an article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy on How to Be a Boss When You're Supervising Friends. BoardSource helps out with an FAQ on Board-Staff Interactions.
- NEW! Hiring the CEO is a key board responsibility. Let BoardSource help you avoid mistakes with this 5 Ways to Mess up CEO Hiring. BoardEffect adds some thoughts on the ins and outs of CEO Onboarding.