A board of directors is a critical component of any organization, and we’re doing a series of articles exploring the board and its responsibilities. Our next article in the series sheds light on the role of the all-important board secretary.
The chief executive requires the support of staff to implement any initiatives requested by the board of directors as effectively and efficiently as possible. Staff report directly to and are managed directly by the chief staff officer, not the Board of Directors. This is a very important distinction as you build your organizational chart and develop appropriate board-staff relationships. This week, we look at the role of that support staff. Where and how they are engaged is important to understanding the dynamics of an association and how they operate. While there are differences in the responsibilities of staff depending on their roles and the needs of the society, this is an overview of that general role.
The chief executive of an Association or Professional Society is hired by and reports to the board of directors. Any other staff reports to the chief executive, not the board. This is an important feature of any Association’s organization chart, the understanding that the association’s staff is given direction by the CEO or Executive Director. Similarly, the President or Chair of the board deals directly with board related issues.
An Overview of the Roles of a Board of Directors, Chief Executive and Staff
A board of directors is a critical component of any organization, and we’re doing a series of articles exploring the board, its responsibilities as well as how it collaborates with other key people, such as a chief executive and staff. It’s important that everyone in an organization gets clear about each entity’s role and responsibilities, so our first article in the series, naturally, starts with the basics—who does what?