Questions for Board Members

  • Informally, describe your career track.
    • How did you get from point A to point B in your organization?
    • What brought you to being a board member?
  • What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first job hunting?
    • When you’re looking for someone when hiring new members of the board – what are you looking for?
  • Describe a representative workday?
    • How does your board operate? Working board? Strategic board? Etc.
    • How do you balance your “day job” with board duties? Do you bring any skills from your “day job” to the board?
  • What misconceptions do people have about your job? What’s the reality?
    • What expectations did you have when you joined the board compared to what actually happens? Which expectations were similar?
    • How does your board work together? How do different communication styles gel during board meetings?
  • What do you love about your work?
    • Did your passion change any when you became a board member, for better or worse?
  • What advice would you give to someone interested in a career similar to yours?
    • How would you go about getting your name out there to become a board member? Market yourself?
    • What does your committee structure look like other than just the board? How is the communication between committees?
  • What resources might help someone interested in your field and job function?
    • What kind of training do you provide?
    • How would you make yourself a marketable potential board member?
  • What do you look for when hiring a new employee?
    • What do you look for as a board member in other board members?
    • What do they bring to the table?
    • How do you predict how people will work together?

One thought on “Questions for Board Members

  1. Marjorie McLellan Post author

    What should we add or change to elicit more of a response about how the nonprofits have faced challenges and a changing environment in recent years and how they have adapted or changed?

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