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Working As A Board Of Directors Member

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $92,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Board Of Directors Member Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Board Of Directors Member Career Paths

Board Of Directors Member
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Co-Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Director
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Co-Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales And Marketing
Regional Sales Director
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Service Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Founder And Executive Director
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Public Affairs
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Public Affairs
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Music
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Advisory Board Member
Commissioner
5 Yearsyrs
Founder And Executive Director
Interim Executive Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Science Officer
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Acting Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Marketing & Development
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Marketing & Development
9 Yearsyrs
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Corporate Relations
Chief Development Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Youth Program Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Program Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Founder, Co-Owner
5 Yearsyrs
Camp Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Community Relations Director
Regional Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Communication
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Athletic Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Director New Business Development
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Executive Director 4.5 years
Board Member 3.3 years
Board President 3.3 years
Founding Member 2.8 years
Chief Of Staff 2.8 years
Vice Chairperson 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Board Of Directors Member
President 11.8%
Internship 8.2%
Volunteer 6.9%
Director 6.1%
Consultant 5.0%
Manager 4.5%
Owner 3.5%
Instructor 3.0%
Teacher 2.9%
Associate 2.7%
Top Careers After Board Of Directors Member
President 12.7%
Volunteer 7.6%
Consultant 6.0%
Director 5.6%
Owner 5.6%
Internship 3.5%
Manager 2.8%
Principal 2.7%
Instructor 2.5%

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Board Of Directors Member Demographics

Gender

Male

49.2%

Female

40.5%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.5%

French

12.8%

Chinese

4.7%

German

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Italian

3.5%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

2.2%

Hindi

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Korean

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Greek

0.7%

Persian

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%
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Board Of Directors Member Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

George Washington University

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.4%

New York University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Harvard University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

University of Southern California

4.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of California - Berkeley

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

Boston University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

American University

4.1%

Walden University

4.0%

Florida State University

3.7%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Capella University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.2%

Law

7.9%

Management

6.0%

Finance

5.5%

Marketing

5.4%

Accounting

4.9%

Psychology

4.8%

Political Science

4.6%

Communication

4.3%

Education

3.7%

Social Work

3.3%

Nursing

3.1%

English

2.8%

Economics

2.3%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Public Administration

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.2%

Sociology

2.0%

History

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Masters

30.0%

Other

15.3%

Doctorate

9.2%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Board Of Directors Member

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Non-Profit Organization
  3. Board Meetings
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  • Evaluated monthly financial statements, ensuring credit union maintained sound financial condition.
  • Developed and implemented marketing programs to increase awareness and membership for these two non-profit organizations.
  • Participated in board meetings as a voting member, recorded and maintained minutes, authorized to sign corporate documents per bylaws.
  • Develop national strategic plans, provide fund-raising initiatives, develop national/regional training advocating diminished use-of-force initiatives for communities and law enforcement.
  • Advised program and facility directors in areas including director succession, community outreach and marketing.

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