How to Recruit and Screen Board Candidates

How to Recruit and Screen Board Candidates

How to Recruit and Screen Board Candidates 150 150 Michael Shvarzman

Board Candidates are individuals who are members of the board of directors of a nonprofit organization. The implementation of a process to identify and screen potential board members is crucial to ensure that your board is fully staffed at all times. Unfilled board positions can lead to business setbacks and make it difficult for new members of the board to take on the role of a new member.

Board recruitment typically involves the board’s nomination committee as well as other stakeholders with an interest. The nominating committee must identify candidates who have experience as a board member and the relevant skills. Additionally the committee should be looking at individuals with a high academic standing outside of the corporate world (such as academics, government leaders, supranational institutions or non-governmental organizations) and who have a track record of leadership in their field.

After a list of potential candidates has been compiled and approved by the board chair, the candidate can invite them to an interview and then a meeting of all board members. The board can get to know the candidate, and the individual can learn more about what it’s like being on the board.

During the process of voting it can be helpful to have a detailed candidate profile that voters can access online. This will allow them to make a more informed decision on which candidate to choose. In addition, it might be beneficial to incorporate an overall voting system on your ballot or allow voters to select “abstain.” Both of these options can be easily set in ElectionBuddy.

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