Board Member Duties
Our community council is governed by a board of volunteers. Serving on the board is a way to serve your community and help make decisions about land use and development, approaches to youth development, and building the community. A formal board member "job description" is below. For more specifics or any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.
SouthEast Community Organization is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible non-profit organization. Our mission is to share power and knowledge, to organize and to advocate for the people who live and work in our neighborhoods. We build leadership to seize opportunities and work for social and racial justice. We are founded on values of equity so that – together – we may build civic leadership to influence decisions about the social and physical infrastructure supporting community in all its complexity. Our programs focus on civic involvement related to land use, economic development, and the environment, and also on youth development. The Council expects its board to reflect the varied backgrounds and interests of its constituents.
Job Title: Board Member
Neighborhoods: Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek, and Highwood neighborhoods of St. Paul, MN
Type: Part-time - volunteer
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The board of directors of the SouthEast Community Organization is legally responsible for all activities of the organization. The board sets goals, determines organizational policies that guide staff implementation of goals, provides financial oversight and approves and monitors the annual budget. Each member of the board also sits on one of the standing committees of the Council.
Experience and Qualification Requirements:
Demonstrated interest in and support of the SouthEast Community Organization's mission. Must be at least 18 years old and reside or work in the district.The board of directors of the SouthEast Community Organization is legally responsible for all activities of the organization. The board sets goals, determines organizational policies that guide staff implementation of goals, provides financial oversight and approves and monitors the annual budget. Each member of the board also sits on one of the standing committees of the our community council.
Attend a minimum of 7 Board meetings annually (3 unexcused absences shall be grounds for dismissal) and any scheduled committee meetings.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Each board member has the following responsibilities:
Set policies, advise on the annual plan, and recommend program activities. Approve annual budget and actively participate in financial reporting and oversight.
Help the organization raise money by any or all of the following:
Public and Community Relations:
Represent and promote the purposes and activities of the SouthEast Community Organization in a positive way to the community. Participate in planning and staffing community-wide events sponsored by the Council. Understand the organizational policy regarding the use of Board member’s name in conjunction with candidates. Promote, whenever possible, the goals of the organization. Clearly differentiate in public when speaking for the Council and when representing personal opinions.
Participate in one's own leadership development, and recruitment, orientation, and development of new Board Members. Encourage the development of key volunteers to take on future leadership roles in the organization and community.
Develop a basic understanding of issues that come before the board. Utilize staff expertise whenever necessary. Board members should possess or develop the ability to be effective advocates for residents’ participation within their community and if needed, to the media.
NOTE: Each board member must sign a Code of Conduct form and a Conflict of Interest form.