Expectations of Directors of the Board of the Social Justice Co-operative

 

The Board of Directors of the Social Justice Co-operative is responsible for ensuring the fiscal, legal, political, operational and administrative health of the organization. While non-board volunteers and members have come to take a strong role in organizing and activism, the board still has an important role to play in oversight and administrative duties.

 

Key responsibilities that our board fills on a monthly basis:

 

- keeping up to date financial records

- reviewing, discussing and approving new spending decisions or financial commitments

- hosting monthly membership meetings

- reviewing and approving membership applications

- discussing any issues arising from our organizing activities that could have legal implications

- overseeing the work of the SJC staff and supporting SJC staff in their work

- reviewing and discussing proposed partnership with other organizations

 

While contributing to these collective responsibilities, there are individual expectations on each board member. Generally, it is expected that each board member:

 

- Participate in a monthly board meeting. This usually requires reading agendas ahead of time, and preparing for any topics to which you will be required to speak

- Participate in e-mail conversations on a weekly basis. In between monthly board meetings, the board does conduct some important conversations and decisions over e-mail. Board members can expect to have to reply to such e-mails 2-3 times per week.

- Attend monthly general membership meetings. These are open to all members, and a key opportunity for members to raise and discuss matters of importance to them. Board participation in these meeting gives board members a full understanding of the issues and realities of our volunteers and members, ensuring board activity is representative and supportive.

- Assume at least one ongoing board responsibility. Each board member should take on some responsibility, outside of participation in meetings, in at least one of the following areas:

  • treasury and finance administration

  • fundraising

  • staff support

  • new member recruiting, onboarding and support

  • governance and policy

  • external communications

  • board coordination

  • diversity and inclusion initiatives

 

Altogether, board members can expect the time commitment of all of the above to be at least 12 hours per month. This is not a hard rule, and rather an estimate to help board members set expectations.