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Board Chair

Our boardBoard members are expected to be fully informed on organizational matters, to contribute todebate on issues and to contribute to the Board’s policy deliberations. They are expected tounderstand and support the NERDS’s mission statement and strategic plan. Board member duties include the following: Attend meetings and show commitment to Board activities; Be well informed on issues and agenda items in advance of meetings; Participate on one or more committees or in an ad hoc manner, as requested by the Board President, Vice-President or Executive Director;Monitor public response to the work and policies of the NERDS Participate in Board orientation meetings to ensure organizational and fund development knowledge and to participate in volunteer and donor recognition events;Provide candid, open and honest feedback and evaluation when appropriate; Take initiative in informing the organization about opportunities for funding or program development;Identify individuals in the community for volunteer participation or funding support; Support the organization and its officers in times of crisis or controversy; Provide sensitivity and support to staff member and other Board members as they perform their duties;Exercise loyalty to the NERDSand respect confidentiality regarding internal affairs; Provide leadership within the Board and in the community on behalf of the NERDS and its programs;Serve as an informal advocate for the NERDSin the community. Although not required for Board membership, members are encouraged to support theNERDS financially, and to assist in the identification and solicitation of potential donors,wherever possible. 
PositionVice Chairman of the Board - Volunteer Board of Directors Link to MissionNERDS addresses the need for more focused efforts in giving underprivileged and underdeveloped students opportunities to grow, learn, and have a better chance at overall success by facilitating inspirational learning experiences beyond the classroom. The Vice Chair will support and sustain the work of NERDS, and provide governance leadership and strategic fundraising support.  That enables ongoing mission delivery and clarity on where we have been to ensure we are going in the right direction. Position: Vice Chair Responsible to: Board of Directors (Membership) Preamble: The Vice Chair is the secondary volunteer leader of the organization and assuch, discharges the duties of the Chair as required in the Chair’s absence. The Vice Chair supports the activities of the Chair including sharing responsibilities as appropriate  Duties Specific to the Board ChairmanIn Chair’s absence: Presides at meetings of Board of Trustees Serves as ex officio member of standing committees Recognizes his or her responsibility to set the example for other board members by contributing financially at a level that is meaningful to him/her and by playing a major role in fundraising activities. Works with the Chair to assist in developing the agendas for Board of Trustees meetings.  Advises the Chair on appointing volunteers to key leadership positions, including positions as chair of board committees and task forces. Assists the Chair by taking on responsibility as necessary for communication with Committee Chairs. Supports and challenges the Chair in all his/her responsibilities to ensure organizational priorities and governance concerns are addressed in the most effective and efficient manner. Represents the board in the community, especially at events at which the chair cannot attend. Other duties as delegated by the Chair. Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per month for 2 years.Evaluation: Self and by the Board annually.
Desired skills
Management, Strategy Consulting, Board*
Commitment7+ hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsAttend all board and committee meetings (remote attendance is acceptable). Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs. Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings. Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments. Make a personal financial contribution to the organization. Inform others about the organization. Advocate for the organization. Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization. Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field. Follow conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies. Refrain from making special requests of the staff. Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s financial statements.
On-boardingMeet with the Executive Director, shadow a meeting, meet committee chair. We are currently working to develop New Board Member On-boarding Handbook
Our missionNERDS strives to provide an affordable, hands-on, interactive learning environment for students of all ages, focusing on students in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Arts & Culture, Children, Education, Poverty