All board members, regardless of their position or role, will be expected to perform certain duties and fulfill certain expectations, both individually and as a group. These responsibilities ensure the association’s successful functioning and continued relevance to our members and our profession.
- Manage Board human resources:
- Strategic selection of board members
- Board member development
- Set EBAA’s strategic direction
- Ensure adequate resources:
- Conduct performance oversight:
- Advise and support President & CEO
- Approve termination and hiring of President & CEO as needed
- Represent and make decisions based on the best interests of the association and the profession, rather than those of a specific eye bank or constituency
- Be informed and knowledgeable about the association’s mission, services, policies, and programs
- Arrive prepared for Board meetings, having reviewed and understood background materials
- Review and understand organization’s financial statements
- Attend and participate in all Board meetings and functions
- Serve on assigned Board committees
- Promote the organization within and outside the association
- Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
- Balance of strategic and analytical thinking
- Strong leadership/motivational skills
- Facilitation capabilities to encourage all to participate in discussion
- Deep understanding of EBAA’s mission, vision and values
- Openness to alternative viewpoints
- Broad perspective on all aspects of eye banking and corneal transplantation
Board Position Descriptions
This position will automatically succeed the Chair, so the Chair-Elect’s primary responsibility is to prepare for the role of the Chair. The Chair-Elect should use his/her term to become familiar with any aspects of the association or the profession in which he/she lacks experience.
The Secretary-Treasurer ensures that the Board of Directors’ administrative aspects are in order and clearly presented to the board and membership. Because EBAA employs a professional and capable staff, many of these duties will be performed by staff, with the Secretary-Treasurer assuming a supervisory or consultative role.
Speaker of the House
The Speaker of the House serves as the House of Delegates’ representative on the Board of Directors. The Speaker communicates Board action to the membership, and solicits and shares with the board the members’ responses and concerns.
At-Large directors do not have a specific list of duties, although specific duties may be assigned from time to time by the Chair. At-Large Directors serve the Board’s strategic needs at any given time. Their diverse experience, background and knowledge is a collective asset on which the entire Board, as well as staff and committees, can draw. At-Large Directors have the same responsibility to shape and promote the association’s mission as any of its officers.