SBCA Board Roles & Responsibilities
The most important roles of every Board member include:
- Bringing ideas, opportunities and issues to the table and assist in formulating or changing existing SBCA policy.
- Focusing on policy, goals, objectives and planning.
- Teaming with/supporting SBCA staff to implement the Board approved policy and achieve goals and objectives.
- Being a mentor to staff to increase industry knowledge.
- Being the communication link between the Board and your local chapter.
- Actively seeking other members to get involved in attending SBCA Committee and Board meetings and mentoring them as Board member candidates.
Effective Boards Avoid (adapted from "Boards that Make a Difference” by John Carver):
- A personal agenda
- Boards are working for the best of the association and its members.
- To succeed as a board it takes a buy-in into the organization's mission and objectives.
- Motions made and seconded at a meeting belong to the board as a group, not just the maker and seconder.
- The board must agree the outcome was for the betterment of the organization.
- Membership should view the board as a leadership team with a clear agenda, and not a group of individuals promoting personal interests.
- Members with nothing but complaints and criticisms
- The goal is to build a team - criticism and complaint undermine that goal.
- The goal is to identify concerns and follow up with a solution.
- If a board is working as a team, criticism is acceptable so long as realistic solutions are offered.
- Leaders, members and committees that micromanage staff
- The model board-staff relationship promotes that the board focuses on governance and the future of the organization to serve the needs of the members.
- The staff is responsible for administering the daily management needs of the organization.
SBCA Duties of Board Members & Chapter Representatives
According to nonprofit corporation law, a member should meet certain standards of conduct and attention to his/her responsibilities to the organization. These are referred to as the Duty of Care, the Duty of Loyalty, and the Duty of Obedience.
Duty of Care: Members must exercise due care in all dealings with the organization and its interest. This includes careful oversight of financial matters and reading of minutes, attention to issues that are of concern to the organization and raising questions whenever there is something that seems unclear or questionable.
Duty of Loyalty: Conflicts of interest, including the appearance of conflicts of interest, must be avoided. This includes personal conflicts of interest or conflicts with other organizations with which a board member is connected.
Duty of Obedience: Obedience to the organization's central purposes must guide all decisions. Members must also ensure that the organization functions within the law, both the "law of the land" and its own bylaws and other policies.
SBCA Board members and chapter reps have a duty to:
- Embrace and implement the SBCA mission statement.
- Understand, support and advocate SBCA's positions and policies.
- Work to develop a united voice in the market that strengthens the structural building components industry.
- Be the eyes and ears of SBCA locally, and when any local issues arise that affect component manufacturers; such as legislative, building code, engineering, education/training, risk, insurance, quality, or fire performance of components; contact SBCA immediately to gain the benefit of the broad-based expertise of the entire organization. We will work together to arrive at a solution that is in synch with SBCA's policies and serves the best interest of our industry overall.
- Understand that when a member or chapter speaks or takes action on behalf of the industry, they are speaking or taking action essentially on behalf of SBCA; therefore, it is essential to have a united industry voice. This requires a good understanding of SBCA's position or communicating with SBCA to ensure that nationally, regionally and locally a consistent and accurate industry message is being conveyed.
- Bring ideas, opportunities and local issues to the Chapter, Committee and Board meetings and assist in formulating or changing existing SBCA policy if required.
- Team up with and support SBCA staff to assist them in implementing Board approved policy, goals and objectives.
- Mentor staff and provide industry knowledge.
- Chapter Board members should be the communication link between the SBCA Board and Committees and:
- the local market.
- all our members that do not attend Board and Committee meetings.
- Send Chapter agendas and minutes to SBCA for all chapter meetings, to facilitate communication.
- Work within the following organizational structure:
Roles & Responsibilities of SBCA Committees
The most important roles of every Committee include:
- Bringing ideas and focus to what goals and objectives the committee should accomplish for the year.
- Helping to develop and prioritize the tasks to be accomplished
- From these priorities help define an implementation strategy.
- From this strategy help define the SBCA budget for the year
- Assist and mentor staff in making progress on the committee strategy.