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SHRM Board of Directors Position Descriptions

Basic Function

Directors work with the Chair of the Board, the President/CEO and other members of the Board to provide leadership for SHRM. Directors are expected to understand, support and fulfill the responsibilities set forth below and in the description of the Role of the Board of Directors and the expectations in the organization's Governance Principles.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Actively participate in regularly scheduled Board and Board Committee meetings. Read materials distributed prior to the meetings and share experience and expertise during Board discussions. Support decisions that are arrived at by the Board. Ensure that confidential information shared at the meetings is held in confidence.

  2. Serve on at least one Board Committee, if requested. Attend scheduled Committee meetings and participate actively, providing advice and feedback on an on-going basis.

  3. Listen to members served by SHRM and provide candid and constructive feedback, advice and comments on the services and products to SHRM's leadership team. Provide candid and constructive feedback, advice and comments on other aspects of SHRM consistent with the Role of the Board.

  4. SHRM relies on its Directors to be its most active and vocal supporters, telling the SHRM story in their communities and organizations. This role of support and advocacy is distinct from the role of the President/CEO as SHRM's official spokesperson. No Director shall speak officially on behalf of SHRM, unless he/she is so authorized.
  1. Have an active interest in the human resource profession, a willingness to assist in setting and achieving the organization's goals, and the ability to devote the time necessary to attend and participate in Board and Committee meetings.

  2. Have a history of professional achievement and success within an organization or within SHRM, which would enable the Director to provide context and perspective to SHRM's Board. If not a member of SHRM prior to election to the Board, all Directors are expected to become members upon joining the Board. Be willing to apply one's experience to the Board's decision-making process.

  3. Have a professional reputation that enhances SHRM's reputation and strengthens the role of the Board in supporting the vision, purpose and values of the organization.

  4. Have sufficient knowledge of management of a complex organization in a rapidly changing environment to provide substantive advice.

  5. Have a clear understanding of governance (ideally including experience serving on another board) and the importance of a shared understanding with management about accountabilities and decision-making processes.