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Larkin street youth services board member onboarding and leadership development

Larkin Street Youth ServicesBoard Member Onboarding and Leadership Development


Larkin street youth services board member onboarding and leadership development

2010 Board Assessment Results:

Thematic Overview

Engage

Involve

Sustain

Fewer reports and more discussion at meetings

More insight into EC deliberations

Increased dialogue on potential new opportunities

Allow for/encourage more dissention

Improve on-boarding of new members

Increase/broaden Board participation

Reach out to members that are less involved

Provide more opportunities for exposure to day-to-day operations

Broaden Board diversity

Develop next generation of Board leadership

Clarify risk management practices/reporting


Skills mix planning overview

Skills Mix Planning - Overview

Past Process

  • Limited transparency into desired vs. existing skills

    • Little transparency into who will be leaving the board in coming years and how that will affect the board’s skills composition

    • Limited ability to focus on specific skills needed when looking for new candidates

  • Unclear ownership of this responsibility

Future Process

  • Board memberinformationmanaged through an Excel tool that visually shows:

    • Gap analysis: Desired skills mix vs. current skills mix

    • Attrition impact: Board skills mix in future years as members roll off

  • Owned by Board Development Committee Chair

  • Supported by senior staff administration

  • Skills mix targets determined by Executive Committee annually


Skills mix planning tool

Skills Mix Planning Tool


Skills mix planning tool additional views

Skills Mix Planning Tool – Additional Views


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Skills Mix Planning Tool – Additional Views


Onboarding overview

Onboarding - Overview

Past Process

  • Generally informal

  • Dependent on initiative of board buddy

  • No systematic process to determine if new members feel engaged, connected, and well integrated

Future Process

  • New members are still assigned a Board Buddy

  • Board Buddies are given clearer direction regarding their role and responsibility

  • Board Development Committee member(s) assigned responsibility to

    • make sure that new members are engaged

    • assure that the Board Buddy is fulfilling their responsibility


Onboarding new member onboarding template

Onboarding - New Member Onboarding Template

Purpose

  • Creates a consistent onboarding experience

  • Provides guidance to the Board Buddy on their role

  • Incorporates a periodic check in by the Board Development Committee


Larkin street youth services board member onboarding and leadership development

Board Member Engagement

  • Goal: Assure that the talents and interests of Board members are benefiting the Agency as fully as possible

  • Ongoing informal dialogue between Board Chair/EC and individual Board members, with at least one annual check-in

    • How has your experience on the Board, and on the committees or events that you participate in, been this year?

    • What has been particularly helpful in facilitating your involvement? Have there been any impediments?

    • Has your ability to contribute your time to the Agency changed?

    • Are there additional ways that you think your skills could help the Board/Agency?


Leadership development

Leadership Development

Purpose

  • Intended as a tool for the Board Chair and EC in guiding future leaders

  • NOT intended as a set of prerequisites or requirements

  • Facilitate identification of gaps in prospective leaders’ experiences vs. potentially desirable breadth of skills

Sample Screen

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Larkin street youth services board member onboarding and leadership development

Leadership Path: Board Chair

  • Board Experience

    • Experience chairing at least two committees

    • At least two years on executive committee

    • At least one year on finance committee

    • At least 6 years total experience on the board

      Leadership Ability

    • Displays strong leadership skills

    • Takes initiative when issues arise

    • Universally respected by board members

    • Fair and apolitical

    • Ability to identify and cultivate future leaders

Skills

  • Strong fundraising record

  • Familiarity with/ability to cultivate major donors

  • Productive relationship with executive management of agency

  • Engagement

  • High level of engagement

  • Displays interest in pursuing increasing levels of leadership on the board

    Performance

  • Consistently meets personalcommitments

  • Committees led by candidate consistently meet committee goals


Larkin street youth services board member onboarding and leadership development

Leadership Path: Executive Committee

  • Board Experience

    • Experience chairing at least one committee

    • At least 3 years total experience on the board

      Leadership Ability

    • Displays strong leadership skills

    • Takes initiative when issues arise

    • Universally respected by board members

    • Fair and apolitical

    • Ability to identify and cultivate future leaders

  • Skills

  • Strong fundraising record

  • Familiarity with/ability to cultivate major donors

  • Productive relationship with executive management of agency

  • Engagement

  • High level of engagement

  • Displays interest in pursuing increasing levels of leadership on the board

    Performance

  • Consistently meets personal commitments

  • Committees led by candidate consistently meet committee goals


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