JOIN THE OHC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Each year, the Oregon Horse Country Board of Directors have 3-4 positions up for election. Any current OHC member in good standing is eligble for submitting an application. OHC has 4 positions up for 2017-2019, applications are due by 5 pm, Friday October 21, 2016 to Brandi@OregonHorseCountry.com. A 5 person nominations committee (including 3 current board members and 2 members at large) review the application in late November for qualifications and overall fit within the current board. A slate of potential board members will be sent to all current members in early November by email for vote.
If you would like to apply for a 2017-2019 position, please download the application HERE
Oregon Horse Country Board of Director Job Description
The Board will support the work of Oregon Horse Country and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Oregon Horse Country’s Executive Director, the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
Leadership, governance and oversight
- Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements OHC’s strategic plan
- Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by OHC for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
- Approving OHC’s annual budget, reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
- Assisting the Executive Director and President in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- Partnering with the Executive Director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
- Representing OHC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
- Ensuring OHC’s commitment to a diverse board that reflects the communities OHC serves
OHC Board Members will consider OHC a philanthropic priority and may make gifts that reflect that priority. Board members are expected to utilize their contacts and connections to assist with the fundraising goals of OHC.
OHC’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held as each committee determines. Service on OHC’s Board of Directors is without compensation, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about OHC’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of OHC’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
- Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the equine industry in Oregon.
- Be a good standing member with OHC for a minimum of 1 business year.
Requirements to Serve on the Board
Once selected as an Board member, the following requirements need to be fulfilled in order to maintain active status:
- Commitment to the Advisory Board and to carry out the duties as assigned/volunteered for your full term.
- Regular attendance at all Board meetings (11 times per year, January-November). A Board member is able to miss no more then 4 meetings per year and no more then 2 consecutively with advanced notice given to the President or Executive Director. Extenuating circumstances can be considered.
- Must actively attend Oregon Horse Country membership events and programs on a regular basis—this includes Meet & Greets, networking events, education seminars, etc.
- Continually identify and solicit members, sponsorships, and opportunities to raise revenue for OHC.
- Help guide new members, assist them with questions, and engage them in OHC programs, services, and events.
- When attending any OHC event or program welcome new, current, and potential members.
- Volunteer for Oregon Horse Country Special Events.