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This section contains information relation to your role as a board member:

 

-Board Culture and Duties -AATE Board Position Descriptions
-Board Expectations -Committees
-Board Meeting Schedule -Board Self Assessment
-Membership Requirement -Current Board Contact Information
-Removal of Board Members

 

Board Culture and Duties


 Thoughtful inquiry and strategic action of the AATE Board is supported within a mission driven, diverse, self regulating, collaborative, and culture of respect. Board members fulfill their roles and responsibilities for the sole purpose of strengthening the organization's mission. They understand and embrace the fiduciary duties of obedience, care, and loyalty.

  • The duty of obedience requires that board members devote themselves to furthering the organization's mission and comply with applicable federal, state, local laws; and the organization's bylaws. 


  • The duty of care requires board members to be informed and to exercise independent judgement. This includes regular attendance at board and committee meetings, reading all information pertaining to the board, communicating in a timely manner, understanding the organizations' finances and asking questions.

  • The duty of loyalty requires board members to put personal and professional interests aside, avoid conflicts of interest, disclose any actual, potential, or apparent conflicts and always maintain confidentiality. Board members are required to sign the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form annually. 

 

Under the Federal Volunteer Protection Act, board members are protected from liability due to harm caused at AATE provided that they are acting within their own responsibility, are obeying the law, are not operating a motorized vehicle and are not committing gross negligence. This includes negligence regarding things they should have known.

 

Board Expectations


The purpose of the Board is to represent and act in support of the needs and interests of the AATE membership. As a member of the board, you are responsible for working in good faith and to the best of your ability to advance the mission of AATE You will demonstrate this by:

  • Regularly attending four board meetings per year.
  • Reviewing and serving the mission of AATE.
  • Creating, reviewing and/or adapting our strategic objectives in light of current circumstances.
  • Ensuring the availability of resources in order to allow AATE to fulfill its mission.
  • Protecting current assets and other resources.
  • Reviewing existing policy and creating new policy for the organization.
  • Making a yearly contribution of at least $50.
  • Staying informed by carefully reading all financial statements, reports and board meeting minutes.
  • Accurately interpreting financial statements in order to make informed decisions.
  • Faithfully performing all committee assignments and responsibilities as determined by the board.
  • Ensuring board sustainability by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and evaluating board members.
  • Representing and advocating for the organization and mission in the public arena.
  • Collaborating on implementation of mission in concert with the executive team.
  • Hiring, supporting and evaluation of staff.
  • Contributing to an atmosphere of good will and positive rapport through tone and language during all meetings to ensure that AATE business is conducted efficiently and in the best interest of the organization.

 

Board Member Agreement


As a Director you have taken on a legal obligation to thoughtful inquiry and strategic action and to fulfill your duties of obedience, care, and loyalty. In doing so, you agree to the following:

  • Regularly attending all full board meetings.
  • Reviewing and serving the mission of AATE.
  • Creating, reviewing and/or adapting our strategic objectives in light of current circumstances.
  • Participating in selection and monitoring performance of the Executive Director.
  • Ensuring the availability of resources in order to allow AATE to fulfill its mission.
  • Protecting current assets and other resources.
  • Reviewing existing policy and creating new policy for the organization.
  • Making a yearly contribution of at least $50.
  • Staying informed by carefully reading all financial statements, reports, and board meeting minutes.
  • Accurately interpreting financial statements in order to make informed decisions.
  • Faithfully performing all committee assignments and responsibilities as determined by the board.
  • Ensuring board sustainability by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and evaluating board members.
  • Representing and advocating for the organization and mission in the public arena.
  • Collaborating of the implementation of mission in concert with the executive team.
  • Contributing to an atmosphere of good will and positive rapport through tone and language during all meetings to ensure that AATE business is conducted efficiently and in the best interest of the organization.

As a board member of The American Alliance for Theatre and Education, I agree to serve AATE and abide by the Board duties and AATE's Code of Conduct and Policies.

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