Member of the Board of Directors

Job Description and Expectations

Revised March 2008

Purpose:   Advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc. so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.

MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Hickok Center for Brain Injury is to provide a safe, supportive environment that encourages people with brain injuries and other neurological challenges to design and direct their own life journey.

Major Responsibilities*:

  Adherence to mission
Strategic organizational leadership and advisement
Formulation and support of the organization’s goals and direction (strategic plan)
Governance - Organization of the board of directors, officers and committees
Determination of and participation in fundraising and public relations activities
Oversight of policies and procedures
Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
Oversight of program planning and evaluation
Evaluation of key staff and support of staff development activities
Provision of professional support to the CEO
Review of organizational and programmatic reports
Promotion of organization in the community
Committee membership

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of the Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Length of Term:  Three years, with no term limits.

Meetings and time commitment:

  The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m., at 114 S. Union Street, Rochester, New York.  Meetings typically last 2 hours.  When necessary, additional meetings may be scheduled.

  Frequency of committee meetings varies, pending each committee’s respective work agenda.

Expectations of the board:

  Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able
Participate on at least one standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary; Board members may also be asked to chair or serve as the Board liaison for committees
Support fundraising activities (prior to each fundraiser, the Board members will make a joint decision regarding each Director’s expected contribution of time and/or money)
Become familiar with Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc. finances, budget and financial/resource needs
Be proactive in identifying opportunities for further development of the organization
Ask questions; support the decisions of the Board
Understand the policies and procedures of Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc.
Financially support Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc. in a manner commensurate with one’s ability
Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by Hickok Center for Brain Injury, Inc.


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