Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions
40Plus Board of Directors
Introduction Letter to Board Candidates
Thank you for your interest in joining the 40Plus Board of Directors.
The 40Plus of Greater Washington Board of Directors has dedicated itself to ensuring our organization’s continuity and growth. Most of the directors have lived through the ambiguity and trauma of career transition, are veterans of the training program, and want to ensure that 40Plus is around for others to receive critical career transition training and peer group support.
The board's strategic priorities include: Ensuring financial stability, strengthening program offerings, increasing public awareness, and supporting organizational continuity.
Our mission is to empower and connect experienced professionals, managers, and executives for successful career transitions. 40Plus is a non-profit, self-help organization offering a proven system of hands-on training, peer support, networking, volunteering, and talks by career experts.
As you consider joining the board, this document outlines member roles and responsibilities. In addition to submitting a resume, we ask that you respond briefly to two simple questions:
40Plus Board Responsibilities and Role
What the Board's Responsibilities Are:
The Board sets the direction of the organization through the strategic planning process and reviews the mission on an annual basis. The Board also approves a budget that is linked to fulfilling the goals as laid out in the annual work plans that are based on the strategic goals of the overall organization.
Members of the Board should be well-versed on the purpose, goals and objectives of the organization so that individuals can serve as ambassadors or connectors to their spheres of influence. To the extent that individual board members can provide support or guidance for individual programs, they are encouraged to do so. Active participation by Board members in programs and activities raises the profile of the organization and can help to secure resources to ensure ongoing operations.
In addition to setting the goals and direction of the organization on at least an annual basis, the Board has traditional responsibilities for ensuring the organization meets legal requirements and is operating in accordance with its mission and for the purpose for which it was granted tax-exemption. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the organization is well-run. It has the power to hire, evaluate, advise and remove the executive director.
Board Members will actively participate in one of the following committees. Committee Chairs may be Board Officers and will report at all Board meetings.
How (Board membership includes the following expectations)
It is expected that Board members attend at least a majority of Board meetings, serve on a committee and participate in 40Plus events where possible.
(excerpted in part from bylaws)
The Board of Directors has the responsibility and authority to:
The Operations Council makes recommendations to the Board regarding programs and fees. The Board shall weigh heavily such recommendations in their deliberations.
The Board of Directors may create and elect one or more committees, such as an executive committee, to perform duties at the discretion of the Board and, in some circumstances, act with the full authority of the Board. The Board will determine the quorum required for such committees.
The nominating committee is responsible for describing the available seats on the Board, the eligibility criteria for nomination to such seats, the process by which candidates are nominated and elected to the Board, and for communicating this information to the general membership each year at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting.