Powers of the Board
(condensed from our current Bylaws)
Briefly, the Board has the authority to run the organization, but does so on behalf of its members. Members can vote to remove people from the Board, and appoint others to it.
Board members are accountable for enforcing laws and ensuring solvency of the Lab. The business affairs of the Lab shall be managed, and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board. The Board may delegate the management of Lab activities, but all corporate powers shall be exercised under the ultimate direction of the Board. The Board shall have the power to appoint and remove all officers, agents, and employees; change the location of the Lab; and borrow money and incur debt on the Lab's behalf. No more than 49 percent of the persons serving on the Board may receive compensation for services rendered, or be a relative of someone who does.
Expectations of Board Members
- Dedicate a substantial amount of time, effort, and financial contributions to the Lab
- Be involved in the Lab by attending or volunteering at activities, projects, and/or classes
- Actively participate in board meetings; establish and serve on committees; serve as Officer, if so appointed
- Read and understand the Lab’s bylaws, financial statements and other documents
- Avoid and disclose anything that could potentially pose a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest
Tasks That Need Doing
- Lead community projects
- Interface with scientists, universities, colleges, national labs, etc.
- Finance: spreadsheets, budgets, forecasting, targets, quickbooks (or similar), and reporting
- Panel of biosafety experts that Lab members can ask for advice
- Lab manager who handles logistics: ordering & restocking, arranging for waste disposal, calling a plumber when needed, scheduling regular lab cleanups, etc.
- Volunteer coordinator (training, scheduling, social events, make volunteering a win-win)
- Community manager (make sure we have a happy and vibrant community - may include organizing social events, playing ombudsperson, dealing with personality problems)
- Public outreach/pr/marketing; assure good relationships with the community around us
- Write policy, assess needs for policy, get word out re: need to vote or opinion poll
- Legal help, advice, liaison, dealing with contracts
- Grant writing!
- Fund raising - through crowdfunding campaigns, and/or corporate and individual donors
- Run orientation sessions for members and volunteers
- Curriculum and instructor development (lab and non-lab, including corporate classes)
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, science calendars, monthly newsletter)
- Website and mailing list management
- Media liaison - respond to queries and approach/engage media