HWF BOD Job Description

Humanists of West Florida

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 Humanists of West Florida so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.

The Mission of the Humanists of West Florida is to facilitate the advancement of humanist thought and action in Pensacola and surrounding areas by interconnecting groups of humanists, atheists, agnostics and non-religious. We will strive for equal participation in government and societal life through building strategic partnerships with other humanist and freethought organizations and with our religious neighbors to advance the greater good of humanity.

*Major responsibilities:

• 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 Humanists of West Florida. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Length of term: Board member positions will be elected for two (2) year terms. Officers will serve in their positions for one (1) year. The other year of their two (2) year term may be served as a member-at-large, another officer position, or the same officer position.

Meetings and time commitment:

• 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 HWF mission, objectives, and programs.

• Help communicate and promote HWF mission and programs to the community.

• Become familiar with HWF finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.

• Understand the policies and procedures of HWF.

• Financially support HWF in a manner commensurate with one’s ability.

• All board members will be required to be members in good standing with Humanists of West Florida.

A task force has been working to create this newly formed chapter of the American Humanist Association. The bylaws have been written and the first duty of the new board will be to approve the bylaws as they are or to work with the task force if it is found that the bylaws need amendment. The first set of bylaws must be approved by both the task force and the board of directors.

The Board of Directors will have a Board of Advisors which will consist of at least two members that will be available for professional advice on board matters.