As a board member, you play a very important leadership role within the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. And board leadership is a way for you to have a lasting, personal impact on an organization and mission that is important to you.
Board leadership is very different from the staff leadership roles with which most board members are accustomed. More specifically:
As a board member, you have a legal commitment and responsibility to the organization. Referred to as a “fiduciary responsibility,” board members — both individually and as a group — can be held responsible when things go wrong at an organization. This means that the stakes are high in terms of making sure that the board is taking financial and legal oversight seriously; something in which each individual board member is expected to be engaged.
Unless a nonprofit organization doesn’t have staff, the day-to-day leadership is provided by the Executive Director /CEO. The board works in partnership with the executive to set the overall strategic direction of the organization, but leaves the staff and operational leadership to the executive. This can be a challenging balance to get right, but is critical to the success of the partnership (and the source of a lot of board challenges when it goes wrong).
Unlike staff leadership roles where a particular position may have individual decision-making power, boards have decision-making power only as a group. That means that the most effective board members know how to discuss and debate issues thoughtfully and respectfully, contributing their expertise and perspective as a part of a group decision-making process, and supporting the group decision regardless of the outcome.
Board members provide the critical intellectual capital and strategic resources to power nonprofit success and strengthen communities.
Serving on a board is a wonderful way to support a cause that you care about. But it also can be a powerful way to build your own skills and expertise. Individuals who serve on a board have the opportunity to develop and grow as leaders, cultivate new skill sets, and expand their network of peers, professionals, community leaders, and community thought leaders.
Click below to review each positions "job description"
In addition to board positions, APRA has several committees that need support throughout the year. Here are a list of those committees:
Conference Finance Marketing
Annual Awards Program Membership
Young Professional SPARK Student Conference
APRA Board Nominations
Each year, the Board shall nominate a Slate of Candidates to fill open positions, which arise because of term expiration. To be eligible for nomination, an individual shall have been a member in good standing of APRA for at least one year preceding his/her nomination. Otherwise, nominations shall be administered in accordance with the Manual of Procedures.
In addition to each board position APRA has several committees that need volunteers to serve in supporting roles. If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving in a supporting role use this form.
Complete one form per name/nomination.