Board Recruitment Plan

Help Empower Western New York create an actionable plan to bring on board members with the skills, experience, and commitment they need.
Empower Western New York
Niagara Falls, NY, USA
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Niagara Falls, NY, USA


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Posted November 17th

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Board Recruitment Plan

Project Details

What We Need
  • Assessment of specific Organizational needs mapped to specific board roles
  • Candidate evaluation guide for prospective board members, including suggested vetting questions and timeline
  • Marketing tools and guidance on how to execute recruitment
  • Note: This project does not include actual board recruitment on the part of the Professional
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have an inventory of board member competencies, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a strategic plan, including mission and strategic direction, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $7,822 , allowing us to sustain the funding cuts we are seeing from the State of New York.

For the past 18 months, we have been working on a restructuring/merger with two other not-for-profit organizations. We put new board member recruitment on hold because of uncertainty about whether we would exist as a free-standing organization going forward. The restructuring has fallen apart, and while we continue to explore new collaborations with other organizations, we are not pursuing a merger. Now that we know we will continue to exist, we need to engage in thoughtful board development.

Project Plan

Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager communicates existing board structure, including background on board members and specific roles and/or committees, and budget for recruitment (if applicable)
  • Volunteer Manager provides relevant materials on Organizational history, mission and goals
Goal Alignment & Discussion
  • Professional connects with Volunteer Manager and board member(s) to assess specific Organizational needs and goals for board involvement
  • Professional connects with Volunteer Manager and board member(s) to determine current vacancies in board and ideal skills and experience for new members
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager determine any additional criteria for new board member(s)
Candidate Evaluation Guide & Recruitment Tools
  • Professional provides descriptions of specific board roles to be filled
  • Professional provides outline of key criteria to guide board recruitment, including specific and relevant questions for each position
  • Professional provides guidance on potential recruiting channels
  • Professional delivers suggested timeline for process
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About The Org

Empower Western New York
Posted by
Jeff P.

Chief Executive Officer

Our Mission

Empowering people we support to live the lives they choose.

What We Do

Empower supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live the lives they choose through community residences, in-home supports, employment and day programs, and preschool special education. Empower also operates a community clinic and a social day program for frail elders. Empower is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership.