As a member of the Recognition Professionals International (RPI) Board of Directors, I assume responsibility for ensuring RPI’s long-term financial stability and integrity. Specifically, I agree to the following:
General Expectations and Responsibilities
- To prepare for, attend, and participate fully in all Board meetings, missing no more than one face-to-face meeting and no more than three total meetings in any given year. (Note: the board meets every month by conference call with three face-to-face meetings per year)
- To serve willingly and enthusiastically in leadership position, including as a member of at least one committee.
- To operate under RPI governing documents and apply a duty of care and loyalty to RPI.
- To serve until the term expiration or until a successor is secured.
- To represent the members of RPI.
- To ensure that board plans and decisions are effectively communicated to the membership
- To maintain, grow, and engage membership of individuals and organizations.
- To maintain independence and objectivity and to serve with a sense of ethics and personal integrity.
- To avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass or cause legal liability for the Board or RPI (see conflict of interest policy in the Policy Manual - pg. 35, Responsibilities of an Individual Board Member, #5. “Avoid the substance or appearance of conflict of interest,” and pg. 36, RPI Board Code of Conduct/Criteria, #11. “Board of Director members must not be serving as an acting Officer, Board Member, Advisory Board Member or in a similar position for, or have any other affiliation with (other than normal memberships or business dealings) any other association that is in direct competition with RPI, or engage in other activities which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest.”
- To disclose any possible conflicts to the Board of Directors in a timely manner.
- To participate in the development and establishment of policies through which the work of RPI is accomplished.
- To suggest appropriate policy-related agenda items for meetings and ask timely and substantive questions, while supporting the majority decision on matters decided by the Board.
- To help ensure effective organizational planning by reviewing, critiquing, and approving annual budgets and work plans, as well as long-range plans.
- To be knowledgeable about the environment in which RPI functions.
- To assist RPI in interpreting the community it serves by following trends in our field of interest.
- To identify changing stakeholder interests and build stakeholder investment.
- To identify and cultivate sponsorships.
- To ensure RPI’s long-term financial stability and integrity.
- To adopt an annual budget for RPI.
- To encourage and support management to take calculated risks and apply appropriate controls when investing RPI’s assets wisely in development activities.
- To participate actively in events undertaken by RPI and such activities approved by the Board for the purpose of enhancing RPI resources.
- To respect that responsibility for containing costs must be balanced with adequate long-term commitment to revenue enhancing development efforts.To read and understand RPI’s financial statements and otherwise assist the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibility.
- To author at least one article related to recognition for use by RPI either for its own or a partner organization’s publication.
- To contribute to ensuring that current and proposed programs and services are consistent with RPI’s stated mission, goals, and financial means.
- To encourage participation in programs and use of services.
- To set program priorities, provide fiscal oversight, and ensure that adequate resources are available and directed to priorities.
- To seek opportunities for collaborative activities with similar organizations.
- To pursue the CRP designation through courses CRP I, CRP II, CRP III, and CRP IV (completion of CRP curriculum during board term not required).
- To participate in the Board’s periodic assessment of its own performance and recommend improvements in such areas as composition, organization, tenure, retention, and responsibilities.
- To participate in selecting, supporting, and monitoring the performance of the Chief Staff Executive on an annual basis.
- To promote the Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) designation and credentialing process.
- To suggest possible nominees to the Board who are individuals of achievement and distinction and can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and RPI.
- To assist in efforts to identify and recruit new members.
- To suggest possible nominees for Board officer positions.
- To participate in Board elections.