NEWS RELEASE: Expanding National Aboriginal Charity “Outside Looking In” Seeks Board of Director President
October 15, 2012
TORONTO: The Board and staff of Outside Looking In (OLI), one of Canada’s largest and only Aboriginal arts charitable organizations, is excited to announce that OLI is expanding at an unparalleled rate and the success of the program across Canada is increasing. In order to help lead OLI into this dynamic new phase, it is seeking to fill its Board of Director President position.
“We are seeking an experienced professional to lead OLI as the President of our Board. OLI is currently experiencing an exciting growth phase and we expect to triple in size in community participants by 2017,” said Founder and CEO Tracee Smith. “We are seeking an experienced candidate with previous roles as President of a charitable or not-for-profit organization to lead OLI to new heights. This is very important for us as we trail blaze new territory which no Aboriginal organization has done before. We want to ensure we continue to have solid governance from our Board so OLI is sustainable and managed effectively for the future.”
The President is responsible for ensuring that the Board of Directors and its members are aware of and fulfill their governance responsibilities; comply with applicable laws and bylaws; conduct board business effectively and efficiently; are accountable for their performance.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, and subject to the organization’s bylaws, the President presides over meetings, proposes policies and practices, sits on various committees, monitors the performance of Directors and Officers, submits various reports to the board, to funders, and to other “stakeholders”; proposes the creation of committees; appoints members to such committees; and performs other duties as the need arises and/or as defined in the bylaws.
President, Board of Directors
The President is responsible for:
- ensuring that the Board of Directors and its members are aware of and fulfill their governance responsibilities; comply with applicable laws and bylaws; conduct board business effectively and efficiently; · are accountable for their performance.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, and subject to the organization’s bylaws, the President:
- presides over meetings, proposes policies and practices, sits on various committees, monitors the performance of Directors and Officers, submits various reports to the board, to funders, and to other “stakeholders”; proposes the creation of committees; appoints members to such committees; and performs other duties as the need arises and/or as defined in the bylaws.
The President is accountable to the Board of Directors or Members as specified in the bylaws. The President may delegate specific duties to the Executive Director, Board members and/or committees as appropriate; however, the accountability for them remains with the President.
Specific Duties: Meetings
The President ensures that an agenda is planned for board meetings. This may involve periodic meetings with committee chairpersons and the Executive Director to draft annual and meeting agendas and reporting schedules.
The President presides over meetings of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, the President:
- chairs meetings according to accepted rules of order for the purposes of
- encouraging all members to participate in discussion;
- arriving at decisions in an orderly, timely and democratic manner;
- votes as prescribed in the bylaws. In boards that operate with and executive committee, the President performs the above duties for the executive committee
The President serves as an ex-officio member of board committees specified in the bylaws. In this capacity, the President’s role is
- to serve as a voting member of the committee (if specified in the bylaws);
- to negotiate reporting schedules;
- to identify problems and assist the committee chairperson to resolve them, and if necessary, to bring them to the attention of the Board of Directors.
The President is the primary liaison between the Board and the Executive Director. In this capacity, the President:
- meets periodically with the executive director;
- ensures that periodic performance reviews of the executive director are conducted;
- participates in the hiring and evaluation of the executive director.
The President ensures that the organization maintains positive and productive relationships with media, funders, donors, and other organizations. In this capacity, the President serves as primary spokesperson for the organization Duties may include:
- representing the organization to the media;
- representing the organization on governmental or nongovernmental organizations and committees;
- timely and appropriate reporting of Board decisions and actions to members and/or funders and/or donors.
The President is normally designated by the Board of Directors and/or bylaws as one of the signing officers for certain documents. In this capacity, the President may be authorized or required to sign or countersign cheques, correspondence, applications, reports, contracts or other documents on behalf of organization.
The President ensures that structures and procedures are in place for effective recruitment, training, and evaluation of board members.
Depending upon the organization’s needs and its bylaws, the President may establish or propose the establishment of committees of the Board, and may assign tasks and delegate responsibilities to board committees and/or directors.