General Expectations of Executive Board Members
It is expected that Executive Board members will:
- Serve as leaders in the Social Media profession and lead by example, understanding that Board members – as recognized leaders – are held to a higher standard than the membership or public at large.
- Represent the Board to the membership and the general public in a respectful, positive and professional manner at all times, through all communication channels.
- Be Professional, Small Business, Corporate, Nonprofit or Student members of SMCHI at time of induction.
- Be present for the duration of all Executive Board meetings. Board members unable to attend should notify the president as soon as possible and provide information relevant to the meeting at hand.
- Provide a report at each Board meeting outlining the activities and/or issues of each Board member’s area of responsibility. Copies of the report should be made available to the Vice President for the minutes in an electronic format.
- Adhere to the policies and procedures adopted by the Board and provide constructive suggestions for change when appropriate.
- Be an active participant in decisions made by the Board on behalf of the members.
- Recognize and uphold all fiduciary responsibility vested in the Board.
- Pass on to their successors all pertinent records and reports within 30 days of leaving office for reasons of term expiration, resignation, removal from office or other factors preventing the Board member from fulfilling stated duties.
- Act in emergencies which do not warrant a special meeting of the Organization or on matters for which the President seeks their advice and assistance.
- Acknowledge that committee chairs, liaisons and guests may attend meetings of the Board, enter into discussions if recognized by the President, and make presentations, but shall not have voting privileges.
- All Board members commit to writing at least one post every other month on the SMCHI website or the Chapter blog on the parent SMC website. (We hope to have a volunteer board member manage the editorial calendar for reminders.)
- All Board members commit to attending our public meetings and participate in other events and tweetups as much as possible.
- Honor the responsibilities as defined by the National Social Media Club organization. Support the requests of the National Social Media club as they pertain to technology integration and administration and responsibilities.
Personal characteristics to uphold:
- Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group.
- Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself.
- Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
- Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit’s development, a sense of humor.
National Standards Responsibilities:
- Establish meaningful contact with local chapters elsewhere.
- Participate in national calls and initiatives.
- Offer writing/editing and strategy services to other chapters/national.
- Establish and manage ethics committee to provide guidance and thought leadership to membership, primarily through blog posts and various social network updates.
- Develop catalog of local resources members can use to enhance their social media experience.
- Lead chapter blog; develop editorial calendar; and assist with development of website content.
- Support president’s agenda.
- Serve as liaison to sister SMCHI organizations in the region.
- Solicit feedback from membership relevant to areas of ownership. (All board members.)