Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Board member needed for Options for Independence

OPTIONS for Independence Board of Directors, has an opening for an additional board member. For more information contact Board President, Gordon Richins, at 435-797-2832 or

Purpose: The OPTIONS for Independence Board was formed to increase public awareness concerning the abilities, problems and needs of people with disabilities, to facilitate individuals with decisions and control of daily life, and to be responsible for the establishment of overall goals and basic policy. OPTIONS’ Board ensures that adequate resources are available to carry out program needs, approves all budgets and undertakes long range planning. The Board monitors the achievement of goals and compliance with policies.

Functions & Responsibilities: At least 51% of the members of OPTIONS’ Board of Directors must be persons with various types of disabilities. Members must be individuals with varying experience, abilities and community leadership capabilities. The Board of Directors is expected to contribute to the continuity of programs, community support and quality of activities.

From the time new members are elected to the board, they are expected to undergo a continuing education on matters affecting their roles in OPTIONS. Board members are expected to keep abreast of developments in the disability and social service fields as well as in the business and industrial community and the community at large.
One important function of board members is to interpret independent living philosophy and OPTIONS’ policies and programs to the public. This should be done positively while being aware of any complaints or problems developing within the community.

Basic Responsibilities include:  
1. Attend and participate in scheduled Board meetings for approximately an hour and a half (3 consecutive absences without a good excuse will result in a vacated seat). Become familiar with the purposes, goals, objectives and activities of the Board. Read all materials distributed and become knowledgeable about the programs, financial status and various transactions of the Board.
2. Formulate and approve long range goals, policies and procedures, actively participate in the formulation and final authorization of the organization’s long range direction. Approve annual objectives and priorities established to achieve long range goals.
3. Select, employ, provide periodic performance appraisals, provide for salary review, and if necessary, dismiss the executive director.

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