The Board of Directors meets four times per year.
The following items listed below have been placed on our website to provide our members and the public with more information.
- CHSA By-Laws
- California Head Start Cluster Map
- Legal & Tax Documents
Association Board Governance
Below is a broad overview of the work of the board. The bylaws that govern the board’s work are posted above.
What are the board’s powers and authority?
As a corporate board, the board “may exercise, any and all powers which are necessary and convenient to carry out the mission and purposes of the Corporation. All corporate power shall be exercised by the Board, except as otherwise expressly required by law, the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws.” [Bylaws Sec IV.4] Generally, the board:
- Hires and approves compensation for the Executive Director.
- Adopts the budget and conducts oversight of association finances.
- Adopts policies to guide association operations.
- Determines the strategic direction of the association, working with the Executive Director
- Assists with policy advocacy
How often does the board meet?
- Traditionally the board meets four times a year, usually connected to conference events.
- The board is empowered to meet electronically.
- Agency employers of board members bear the cost of board travel.
What are the expectations for board members outside of meetings?
1. Participate in board subcommittee meetings and work.
2. Encourage all agencies within their cluster to be members of the association.
3. Promote attendance at events critical to association revenue goals.
4. Assist in identifying and recruiting new corporate partners.
5. Actively promote the Power of 2 campaign to fund advocacy efforts.
6. Serve as ambassadors of the association.
How is the board structured?
There are two types of board members.
1. Directors elected by the association clusters
Each of the association-designated clusters nominates two individuals to serve on the board of directors.
- Clusters 1-9
- Migrant Seasonal (statewide)
- Tribal (statewide)
Any member agency executive director, director, administrator or other person with authority over Head Start or Early Head Start program operations may be nominated. If a cluster nominates someone other than that, a rationalization for the nomination must be provided.
2. At-large Directors appointed by the board.
Directors-at-Large are recruited and selected to attract individuals with experience and expertise in a variety of non-profit leadership skills, such as Governance, Advocacy, Fundraising and Philanthropy, and Workforce Development.
Beginning in 2020, Board positions are three-year terms, elected in the spring on a three- year cycle so that about 1/3 of board members are elected each year.
Beginning in 2020, the board elects its own officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Officer positions are two-year terms, elected in the spring in even-numbered years. The election in spring 2020 will be for the term beginning July 1, 2020 and concluding on June 30, 2022.
Where can I learn more about non-profit governance?