How to Recruit and Screen Board Candidates

Board Candidates are individuals who will serve on the board of directors for a non-profit organization. Having a process in place to identify and screen potential board members is essential to ensure that your board is well-staffed at all times. Board positions that are vacant can cause business problems and make it challenging for new members of the board to be able to assume their new roles.

Recruitment for board positions is typically handled by the nomination committee of the board and other interested parties. It is ideal that the committee will find candidates who have an experience of board level as well as relevant skills. In addition, the committee should consider people with a high degree of intellectual standing outside of the corporate world (such as academics, government officials or supranational institutions as well as non-governmental organizations) and who have demonstrated a track record of leadership in their field.

Once a list of possible candidates has been compiled the chair of the board can invite them to a screening interview and then to an open meeting with the entire board. The board can get to know the candidate and the candidate can gain an understanding of what it’s like to be on the board.

It is useful to have detailed profiles of candidates that voters can view on the internet during the voting process. This will enable them to make a more informed choice regarding the candidate they select. ElectionBuddy allows you to configure many other options, like an aggregate voting system or allowing voters to “abstain”.

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