Welcome to EVA - Excellence Association Amsterdam

EVA Board 2016/17

Welcome to the Board of EVA.

A few of the things you can expect from working here.

Community

     Satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

Diversity

     Opportunity to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Management

     Development of effective decisionmaking skills.

Leadership

     Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships.

Are you up for a challenge?

Step out of your comfort zone and shape the EVA community as Member of the Board!

Are you ready to connect?

Be the connector between ambitious students, the workfield and education!

Do you want to inspire others?

Be a role model and inspire people around you as Member of the Board!

The Role of the Board within EVA.

Shaping the future of the association.

Purpose

Purpose

Determining what community need(s) the organization wishes to address and how they will fulfill it.

Progress

Progress

Setting the rate at which the organization takes on activities, programs and services to fulfill its purpose.

Continuity

Continuity

Making sure that there are enough financial and human resources in place to guarantee the existence of the organization.

Identity

Identity

Clarifying to the community the organization’s values, beliefs, and services.

The Role of a Board Member at EVA.

Being an advocate for the community.

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General Description

Authority and Responsibility

Authority and Responsibility as a Board Member

The Board is the legal authority for EVA. A member of the Board acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

Requirements

Requirements of Board Membership

  • Commitment to the work of the organization.
  • Affinity with Excellence and Honours Education
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, finance, programs, personnel, and advocacy.
  • Willingness to guide committees.
  • Attendance at weekly Board meetings.
  • Attendance at meetings of assigned committees.
  • Attendance General Member Assemblies.
  • Support of special events.

Term

Term of Board Membership

Board Members are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Board Members serve for a one year term.

General Duties

General Duties as a Board Member

A Board Member is fully informed on organizational matters, and participates in the Board’s decisions in matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.

A Board member must:

  • Approve, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received from the Board, its standing committees and the Advisory Board.
  • Monitor all Board policies.
  • Review the policy manuals, and recommend policy changes to the membership.
  • Review the Board’s structure, approve changes, and prepare necessary policy amendments.
  • Participate in the development of EVA’s organizational plan and annual review.
  • Approve EVA’s budget.
  • Support and participate in evaluating the committees.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members, and community to enhance EVA’s mission.

Benefits

Benefits as Member of the Board

  • Satisfaction of making a difference in the community
  • Opportunity to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Development of effective decisionmaking skills
  • Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships
  • Financial Reimbursement*

“Financial assistance for a member of the administrative body of a recognized student organization is designated as an administrative body membership grant“. (Students’ Charter General Section Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences/ Hogeschool van Amsterdam Articles 6.6 – 6.14)

Time Needed

Standard Time Requirements as a Board Member

Time (hours per month) Total (hours per month)
Preparation, reading and research 6
Board, committees and other meetings 18
Phone calls 2
Events 12
Meeting with members 6
Executing position (board, executive, committee chair) 6
Open development time +
Total 50+

A Board member is expected to spend and account for at least 10 hours per week on EVA. Maintaining working discipline is both an individual and group responsibility.

Evaluation

Evaluation as a Member of the Board

A Board Member’s performance is evaluated monthly by the Advisory Board based on the performance of assigned Board requirements and duties.

Responsibilities of a Board Member

Board Members need to demonstrate ethical and professional conduct to maintain the confidence of the membership and the public. This commitment includes proper use of authority and appropriate actions in group and individual behaviour when acting as Board Members.

The board is made up of individual Board Members acting together as a whole. Any Board determines and communicates the purpose and scope of the organization. Challenge, connect, inspire, this is EVA’s vision. The vision defines the boundaries within which the organization operates.

  • April 27, 2015
    Treasurer
    As the Treasurer you are responsible for the general financial policy, the accounting of the funds of the organization, its budget and expenditures. You also keep a healthy record with the EVAs creditors and debtors and deal with the day-to-day financial affairs.
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  • April 27, 2015
    Vice President
    As Vice President you are the first contact person within the association for members. Next to that the Vice President leads the heads of all committees and chairs the Executive Committee. The Vice President acts upon absence of the President.
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  • April 26, 2015
    President and Chairman of the Board
    As President you are the contact point of the board, the members, and the media and partner organizations. The President motivates the board and the members and can keep and overview of the ongoing projects and activities within the association. The goal of this function is to facilitate the board members to create a vision for the association and implement this vision.
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  • April 27, 2015
    General Secretary
    As the General Secretary you are responsible for the (member) administration and the archive. Next to that the you facilitate internal communication and file internal regulations and statutes.
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Text adapted from: Board Development – Developing Job Descriptions for Board Members of Nonprofit Organizations. The Muttart Foundation and Alberta Culture and Community Spirit