Candidates are recommended to apply for NWDB membership because partner organizations have recognized an individual’s commitment to advocate for the training, employment and business needs of his/her county. An application is sent to the perspective member by NWDB staff. If interested, the candidate will return the application to NWDB staff within 10 days of receipt. The application will then be submitted to the respective county board for review and will appoint one private sector business member. The letter of appointment by the county will be sent back to NWDB staff.
Candidates can be sure that their invitation to join the NWDB is predicated on strong recommendations of ability and character that sustain their record of effective leadership.
Advisory Board Member Responsibilities
The board commits itself and its members to ethical, businesslike, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as board members. Members must represent non-conflicted loyalty to the interests of the NWDB. This accountability supersedes any conflict in loyalties such as that to advocacy or interest groups and membership on other boards or staffs. It also supersedes the personal interest of any board member acting as a consumer of the organization’s services. Members are expected to bring any instances of conflict to the attention of the NWDB chair and to recuse themselves where a conflict is deemed real in fact or in perception.
Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization except as explicitly set forth in board policies.
Members’ interaction with the Executive Director or with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals. Staff to the advisory board are hired and supervised by the Albemarle Commission.
Staff are under the direction of the Director to the board, serve as a resource to the board, and provide all administrative and financial functions as required by the feds, state, Albemarle Commission and any other funder.
Members will respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature. This includes the individuals and actions of the NWDB, the staff, clients, customers, contractors, business partners and governments that interact with the NWDB.
Members will follow the State of North Carolina’s Open Meetings Law and will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.
Members will be required to have an acceptable level of attendance.
Members must come prepared for meetings (will have read agenda packets). Members are expected to actively participate in both board and committee meetings. This entails respecting the participation of other members and guests, offering recommendations and comments, providing support for decisions as indicated, bringing personal experience into discussions, and, when called for, voting.
Members are responsible to the NWDB chairperson, and also to the chairperson of the committee(s) of which they are members. There will be only two officers- Chair and Vice Chair. The Chair must be from the private sector.
Estimates of time commitment to the NWDB can vary, but members should expect to devote up to 2-3 hours/board meeting and 2-4 hours every month in committee-related meeting work.
Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month. They begin at 6:00PM. Light dinner is provided at 5:30PM.