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Board of Directors
The NSDA Board of Directors is a volunteer board that is elected annually by NSDA Members at the AGM in December of each year. Directors may hold multiple terms but must be re-elected annually. The role of each Director is to serve a minimum of a one year term by leading, advising and supporting the activities of the NSDA. Board composition is not limited to the doula profession but rather includes a variety of individuals who are passionate about birth and postpartum support.
As representatives of NSDA Members, the Board of Directors is the primary force guiding the NSDA to the realization of its opportunities for service and the fulfillment of its obligations to the membership, to the association as a single entity, and to the doula profession overall.
Responsibilities of the Board include:
- Approves the NSDA’s mission and reviews the association performance in achieving it.
- Annually assesses the ever-changing environment in which the association functions and approves the association's strategy in relation to it.
- Annually reviews and approves the association's plans for funding its strategy.
- Reviews and approves the association's program plans and directions.
- Annually reviews the performance of the Board of Directors and takes steps to improve its performance (including recommendations for its composition, organization, and responsibilities).
- Follows outlined procedure for nomination and appointment of new Board members.
- When necessary, follows procedures outlined in the Statement of Disciplinary Action.
- Reviews the results achieved as compared with the association's mission and the association's Strategic Plan.
- Ascertains that the financial structure of the association is adequate for its current needs and the implementation of the Strategic Plan by approving the association's annual budget.
- Provides candid and constructive criticism, advice and comments to other members of the Board of Directors.
- Approves major actions of the association, such as capital expenditures on all projects over authorized limits or major changes in programs and services.
- Is assured that the Board of Directors and its committees are adequately and currently informed through reports and other methods.
- Is assured that published reports properly reflect operating results and the financial condition of the association.
- Ascertains that appropriate policies to define and identify conflicts of interest throughout the association have been established and is diligently overseeing the enforcement of those policies.
- Approves independent auditors.
- Reviews compliance with relevant material laws affecting the association.
Each Director is committed to the NSDA mission and participates by:
- Attending all board meetings and other important related meetings, prepared to further the success of the association and to support the association's mission statement and goals.
- Preparing themselves well for meetings, volunteering for and willingly accepting and completing assignments thoroughly and on time, and providing critical, thoughtful feedback as required.
- Actively monitoring and mentoring committees as assigned and on an as needed basis providing advice, encouragement and a voice for the committees to the Board.
- Getting to know other Board and committee members to build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
- Remaining current with the activities of the association by following its issues and interests and related publications. Actively participating in the association’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
- Participating in fundraising for the association.
- Acting as a role model, change agent and professional exemplar.
Personal Characteristics to Consider:
- Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group.
- Willing to ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, and open doors in the community.
- Develop certain skills such as cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, reading and understanding financial statements, learning 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, and concern for your nonprofit's development.
Reference: content adapted from materials on www.boardsource.org.
For information about specific Board positions or for information on how to apply for a position, please contact the current Chair, Coburn Maclean.