A board of directors has many roles and responsibilities in nonprofit organizations, from setting strategy to fundraising and hiring key employees. Board recruitment is the process of sourcing great and qualified people to fill the board, assessing them, and bringing them into the organization to serve. It is a difficult process because each individual on the board must have the required skills and commitment needed for the nonprofit, and a mindset that aligns with the organization’s goals and objectives.
First, you want to clearly define the job description of the board member and what skills are needed for the role. Create a document describing the responsibilities of the board member, what authority he has over what situations, and how long he is required to serve as a board member. You also want to state what commitments the board member has to the organization, such as a monthly or weekly time commitment, and any legal or financial commitments.
Next, you need to find candidates to fill the seats. This can be done in many ways, but typically, nonprofits use their existing networks and promote the roles of their board members via word of mouth. After that, public announcements and promotions occur, as well as online advertising on sites such as LinkedIn and BoardMatch.org.
The final step, before actually on-boarding the person as a board member, is the screening and selection process. Usually, just like with a corporate position, candidates must fill out various applications and get background checks. Then a series of interviews occur and sometimes even examinations and intellectual evaluations. This is not any different than the for-profit sector, but based on the individual nonprofit organization, special legal considerations during the screening process may need to occur.