Talk:New Director Agreement

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Laurel revision

I combined some of the meeting/time commitment related items under the rubric of managing time. I also removed the specific 10 hours/month estimate, since i'm not sure it will be accurate with more frequent meetings and a more engaged board. Do we want to make a new estimate, or leave it off? We should bring this up to the council/board when proposing.

Also removed:

  1. I will participate in an area of Free Geek's work, such as belonging to or advising a working committee, coordinating an event, leading a program area or overseeing an internal function.

I think this kind of requirement needs to be revisited. IIRC, the intent was to be sure that the board members were engaged in FG operations outside of just the board. Do the vol reps help provide the perspective that we sought with this? --Ideath 00:36, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

Steve's Revisions

Hey guys. So, I have incorporated the director job description into the new director agreement. There was already considerable overlap between the two, so I tried to flesh out some of the points that were already contained in the new directors agreement. I have left the old directors job description up, just in case we decide to use it for something else. -Steve

From Jeff's email

  • Board nominees should be able to act in the best interests of Free Geek, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and it's mission of being "a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service."
  • Board nominees should possess the general qualities and qualifications of nonprofit board of directors and be able to perform the necessary governance, legal, fiduciary and other necessary functions.
  • Board members should possess a working knowledge of Free Geek, its mission and operations.
  • It is desirable for some members of the Board to possess expertise in specific areas that will be of assistance in Board functions such as nonprofit governance, financial controls public fiduciary responsibility, and record keeping.
  • Additionaly, the Board when elected will need to select from within its membership three officers; Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer with duties described in the Bylaws. The Board meets at least twice yearly with more meetings possible and at least one meeting in October.

Further Comments from Jeff

I agree completely with the intent of this new Director Contract. However, in it's present form, I would have a problem if I were a new Board member and asked to sign it. My main difficulty would be the legal and or contractual nature that it is currently worded in. I would suggest that some wording changes, while still keeping the importance of the director responsibilities in the forefront would make it more of a flexable document rather than a legal one.

For instance, in section 4 I would suggest wording similar to: As a Board member I will commit to regularly attending Board meetings (with the board meeting a minimum of twice a year and usually more often). I will commit to preparing for these Board meetings.

I would also suggest changing all places where it says "I will" to "I commit" as I think that is a little less legal in form but also keeping to the standard. The important thing to keep in mind here is that most board members should already have a high sense of responsibility and some will already have nonprofit experience. --Jkane 12:14, 13 Sep 2005 (PDT)

So in short, we should try to lighten up the language a bit -- make it less formal, so as to not scare away potential board members (Chapter 13 can do that for us). RfS 12:14, 14 Sep 2005 (PDT)
Most, if not all of these concerns should be addressed by Joe's reworking. --Ideath 18:37, 16 Nov 2005 (PST)