Board Chair - Sample Position Description

Authority for Electing the Board Chair

The bylaws of [Name of Ministry] stipulate that the board of directors shall annually elect a Board Chair. (Note: The bylaws may provide for an election cycle other than an annual election.)

Completed two years of board membership term and have an understanding of parliamentary procedures.


The Chair is elected by the board for a one-year term in accordance with the bylaws.


  • Commitment to the work of the ministry;
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of board governance: policy, finance, programs, and/or personnel;
  • Regular attendance at periodic board meetings;
  • Prepare for, and participate in, the discussions and the deliberations of the board;
  • Foster a positive working relationship with other board members and the organization’s staff; and
  • Be aware of, and abstain from, any real or perceived conflicts of interest

Major Duties:

  • Be the primary spokesperson for [Name of Ministry] to the media and the community at large;
  • Chair the Executive Committee (if there is one);
  • Report to the board on the status of major programs;
  • Signing authority on behalf of the board for financial and legal purposes;
  • Provide leadership and direction to the board;
  • Arrange for Vice Chair to chair meetings when absent;
  • In conjunction with the CEO, set the periodic board meeting agenda;
  • Ensure board members receive agenda and minutes in a timely manner; and
  • Adhere to general duties outlined in the board member job description

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