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Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~August 2008 ~

Duties and Responsibilities of the Committee Chairperson:

A Checklist

The person who chairs a committees need to know what is expected before he/she signs on.  Most people who organize committees—volunteer or paid staff—are good about telling the details of the work.  There are notebooks filled with details of how to manage a project or event.  There is more to being than knowing the dates when things need to be done.
This checklist provides the opportunity for someone to assess personal skills in “people” management and planning before signing on to lead a committee.  This checklist can be used with event committees or sub-committees of a board or advisory group.

DirectionsListed below are statements that reflect the characteristics and behavior of those who successfully chair committees.  Read each statement and check those you believe you currently do.  Those left unchecked are areas for additional learning and/or practice. 


Committee Chair Assessment


1. Build a team of your committee by bringing people along with you, working with them


2. Interpret the purposes and programs of the organization to the committee


3. Understand and interpret the organization, the committee and its goals to committee members


4. Be knowledgeable about services of other organizations doing related things


5. Use skills in human relations and knowledge of your committee members to help each attain the peak of performance


6. Accept and understand your committee’s goals and objectives as they come to you from the planning process


7. Guide your committee in long and short range planning


8. In the budget process, have your committee estimate costs of objectives and identify any income


9. Monitor implementation of committee objectives


10. When appropriate, decide with committee to take part in implementing objectives


11. Delegate responsibilities to committee members


12. Recognize conflicts and disagreements and use problem-solving skills to deal with them


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