Governance

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.

Association Board Governance

Below is a broad overview of the work of the board. The bylaws that govern the board’s work are here. 

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 three types of board members.

1. Directors elected by the association clusters

Each of the following association-designated clusters nominates an individual to serve on the board of directors. Each cluster also nominates an alternate.

  • 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. If a cluster nominates someone other than that, a rationalization for the nomination must be provided.

  • The nominations are submitted to the board president.
  • If no nominations are submitted, the board president may make recommendations to the board.
  • The board takes formal action on the cluster nominations. If no nominations are submitted, the board takes formal action on the president’s recommendations.

These positions are two-year terms, elected in the spring in odd-numbered years.
The election in spring 2019 will be for the term beginning July 1, 2019 and concluding on June 30, 2021.

2. Directors who represent Head Start staff, parents and friends of Head Start

The bylaws allow for the appointment of directors to represent:

  • Head Start agency staff – 3 positions
  • Head Start Parents – 3 positions
  • Friends of Head Start – 2 positions

Any cluster, or individual agency member in good standing, can nominate someone for these board seats.

  • The nominations are submitted to the board president.
  • The board president reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the board.
  • The board takes formal action on the president’s recommendations.

These positions are two-year terms, elected in the spring in odd-numbered years.
The election in spring 2019 will be for the term beginning July 1, 2019 and concluding on June 30, 2021.

3. Officers

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Past-President (not elected)

Any director may nominate any member in good standing for any of the positions President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer by submitting the nomination to the board Secretary by established deadlines. The membership elects the officers.

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?