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
new member recruiting, onboarding and support
governance and policy
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.