Member of the Board of Directors
Job Description and Expectations
Purpose: To advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of AERO so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.
AERO’s purpose: AERO is a grassroots nonprofit membership organization dedicated to solutions that promote resource conservation and local economic vitality. AERO nurtures individual and community self reliance through programs that support sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and environmental quality.
AERO is based in Helena, Montana, and serves the High Plains and Northern Rocky Mountain region of Montana and surrounding states. AERO is a widespread community of people creating social, economic and environmental health—one farm, one neighborhood, one community at a time. Organized in 1974, we work toward a vision of a sustainable, community-centered society. Renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, local food systems, resource conservation, and community self-reliance are the areas in which we focus our pro-active work.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about AERO’s mission. Board members receive exceptional leadership opportunities and become an integral part of the AERO community.
Ideal qualifications: (these are subject to change, depending on the make-up of the current BOD)
- Experience in the non-profit sector, specifically serving on a board of directors
- Extensive financial and accounting knowledge
- Human resource experience (interviewing, hiring, training)
- A commitment to and understanding of AERO’s mission, preferably based on experience
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for promoting and improving renewable energy and/or sustainable agriculture solutions in Montana.
- Organizational leadership and advisement
- Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees
- Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
- Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
- Oversight of program planning and evaluation
- Personnel evaluation and staff development
- Review of organizational and programmatic reports
- Promotion of the organization
- Fundraising and outreach
*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of AERO. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.
Length of term: Two years, which may be renewed by member election at the annual membership meeting.
Meetings and time commitment:
- The Board of Directors meets during four regular meetings a year
- Typically, two board meetings are via conference call and two board meetings are in-person, including a meeting that follows the annual membership meeting
- Additional conference calls may be scheduled as needed
- Committees of the board also meet throughout the year, pending their respective work agenda.
Expectations of board members:
- Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
- Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
- Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by AERO mission, objectives, and programs.
- Help communicate and promote AERO mission and programs to the community.
- Become familiar with AERO finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.
- Formulate fundraising goals and participate in fundraising events.
- Understand the policies and procedures of AERO.
- Financially support AERO in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.
- Be involved and accountable to other board members, AERO staff, and the AERO community