Members of the Board of Directors of Asperger Works serve an important role within the organization. The future of Asperger Works is in large part ensured through the active participation of its Board. Service as a Board Member holds certain expectations in terms of involvement, participation, support and commitment to Asperger Works’ mission. Prospective and incumbent Board Members should commit themselves to the following Board of Directors job description:
Understand and support Asperger Works’ mission, vision, and values.
Exercise the core duties of care and loyalty in a manner consistent with the best interests of the mission of the organization.
Be knowledgeable and current on the various services Asperger Works offers; follow trends in the social services and policy and legislative arenas that affect Asperger Works and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders; be familiar with Asperger Works’ history and current organizational structure.
As a Board Member, your principle responsibilities will entail fiduciary and strategic and governance activities. The expectation is that these practices will model that of the best standards of corporate and nonprofit governance.
Support the decisions of the Board. Once a decision has been made, it is the decision of the Board. Board Members are expected to engage in informed and respectful exchange of possibly differing thoughts and perspectives leading up to a vote in a matter coming before the Board. Once the Board has voted on a matter, the director’s duty of loyalty precludes the individual directors from expressing public criticism of the decision.
Make known and make available your talents, skills, and areas of expertise; serve in leadership positions and undertake special assignments. Use any special skills or training you may have to further the work of the Board and Asperger Works. If Asperger Works has staff or paid consultants in your area of expertise, treat them with respect. Express professional disagreement in a way that moves the discussion forward.
Exercise oversight with respect to the Asperger Works’ compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Develop a rapport and be respectful and encouraging with fellow Board Members; be accessible to other Board Members via phone and email between meetings as needed.
Regularly assess Board performance; suggest possible nominees to the Board who clearly are individuals of achievement and distinction and who can contribute to the work of the Board and the organization’s progress.
Enhance Asperger Works’ public standing; serve as an Asperger Works advocate and ambassador to family, friends, business associates, and other constituents; convey the significant impact Asperger Works has in the lives of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.