ISEA BOARD OF DIRECTOR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

ISEA BACKGROUND

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a 501-c-3 organization established on April 30, 1979. The ISEA currently has an eleven (11) member Board of Directors of whom four Directors serve as Officers - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers are elected for one-year terms by the Board of Directors. Board Directors are elected to 2-year terms either by Appointment or ISEA Member Voting in accordance with ISEA bylaws.

ISEA's mission is to educate and advocate for solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy to the people of Illinois.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS' FUNCTION

As representatives of the membership of ISEA, the Board of Directors (Board) is the primary force advancing ISEA's fulfillment of service to its membership, to ISEA as a single entity, and to the nonprofit community at large.  


DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Directors bring a diversity of talents and capabilities to ISEA, as well as a passion to materially fulfill its mission.

ISEA is seeking Directors who represent various aspects of the solar, wind and other renewable energy fields, as well as individuals in potentially impacted industries, such as legal, finance, education, environment, real estate, and manufacturing.  Candidates should have innate leadership, management, and well- developed interpersonal skills, as well as patience and good humor, and be able to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.

 Election candidates must be ISEA members to be eligible for a Director position. The Candidate can be an Individual, Senior/Student or Family Member or part of a Business Member category.  


DIRECTOR'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

ISEA Directors are expected to lend their knowledge, skills and abilities to assist ISEA in executing its mission through fundraising, advocacy, education, marketing and related activities. Fundraising, through direct or leveraged actions, is key to the continued growth and success of ISEA.

The role of each Director is to serve a two-year term by leading, advising, and supporting the activities of ISEA.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend Board meetings prepared to further the success of ISEA and to support the ISEA’s mission and goals.

  • Monitor and mentor standing Committees as assigned and on an as-needed basis providing advice, encouragement and voice for the Committee to the Board.

  • Identify and nominate candidates for vacant Board positions.

  • Accept special assignments designated by the President.

  • Remain current on the activities of ISEA by following its publications (includes electronic, print and virtual), issues and interests.

  • Remain current on issues affecting the non-profit sector as it relates to the mission of the Association, its members and community at large.

  • Inform the Board and remain proactive to assist ISEA with supporting its members and enhancing its funding sources.

  • Act as a role model, change agent and professional exemplar.


RESPONSIBILITIES BY CATEGORY

1. Planning

  • Approve ISEA’s mission and review management (Board & ED) performance in achieving it. 

  • Annually develop, review and approve the ISEA strategic plan and budget.

2. Organization

  • Work with the Executive Director to create a strategic direction for the Association and to set short and long term goals.

  • Ensure management continuity is properly provided.

  • Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.

  • Identify candidates and determine the eligibility of candidates for the nomination of officers and directors.

  • Actively participate in Board meetings and Committee assignments.

  • Support sponsoring donor and community-building events as designated by the Board.

  • Identify potential funding sources and assist with securing organizational funding.

  • Annually evaluate the performance of staff and determine any bonus awards or increases in salary.

  • Be an active member of both ISEA and (ASES).

  • Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps (including recommendation for its composition, organization, and responsibilities) to improve its performance.

3. Operations

  • Review results achieved by management in comparison to ISEA’s mission, program plans, and strategic plan, as well as similar metrics for like organizations.

  • Ascertain that the financial structure of the ISEA is adequate for its current needs and the implementation of the strategic plan by approving an annual budget.

  • Provide advice, comments, and direction to the members of the Board and Executive Director.

  • Approve major actions of ISEA, such as capital expenditures on all projects over authorized limits and major changes in programs, services, office location, etc.

  • Review monthly and annual financial results for the organization and ensure, through the oversight of the Finance Committee, that reports are accurate and in accordance with accepted accounting principles.


BOARD TERM AND MEETING SCHEDULE

Board members serve a two-year term and will meet monthly as follows:

  • Quarterly meetings in-person (2 upstate and 2 downstate) will serve as strategic sessions and will last 3-4 hours.

  • Non-quarterly monthly meetings will last 2 hours and will be facilitated online.

Board members are required to travel to in-person meetings.  Note that these meetings may be several hours away and will require some travel.  Illinois is a long state! Additional meetings (i.e committee, or special circumstance) may be scheduled with advance notice.  As active Board member participation is critical to the success of the Association, it is expected, that each Board member will participate in no less than nine (9) of the eleven (11) annual Board meetings in order to maintain their position on the Board.



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