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Board Chair Role Description

Position: Board Chair

Reports To:  Board of Directors


Term: Three years, Renewable




Role Overview:

The Board Chair is a key leadership role within VISION Inc. is responsible for providing strategic guidance, leadership, and oversight to ensure the effective functioning of the Board of Directors and the organization as a whole. The Board Chair serves as a liaison between the board, executive leadership, and external stakeholders, representing the organization's mission, values, and interests.


Key Responsibilities:


1. Leadership and Governance:

  • Provide visionary leadership to the Board of Directors, setting clear goals and objectives for the organization in alignment with its mission and strategic plan.

  • Ensure the board operates within the organization's bylaws and adheres to best governance practices.

  • Foster a culture of transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior within the board.


2. Board Development and Engagement:

  • Collaborate with the Nominating and Governance Committee to recruit, orient, and mentor new board members.

  • Promote board diversity and inclusivity to reflect the community and stakeholders served by the organization.

  • Encourage active participation and engagement of board members in committees and organizational activities.


3. Meeting Facilitation:

  • Prepare and lead board meetings, ensuring an efficient and productive agenda.

  • Promote open and constructive discussions among board members.

  • Encourage collaborative decision-making and build consensus when necessary.


4. Strategic Planning:

  • Work with the executive leadership team to develop and implement the organization's strategic plan.

  • Monitor progress toward strategic goals and regularly update the board on performance.

  • Identify emerging trends, risks, and opportunities that may impact the organization.


5. Advocacy and Representation:

  • Serve as a primary spokesperson and advocate for the organization in the community.

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, partners, and government agencies.

  • Represent the organization's interests at relevant events and conferences.


6. Financial Oversight:

  • Collaborate with the Finance Committee to ensure the organization's financial stability.

  • Review financial reports, budgets, and audit findings to ensure responsible financial management.


7. Succession Planning:

  • Work with the Nominating and Governance Committee to identify and groom potential future board leadership.

  • Facilitate a smooth transition of leadership at the end of the term.




  • Demonstrated commitment to the organization's mission and values.

  • Prior experience serving on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization.

  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and build consensus among diverse stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of nonprofit governance best practices.

  • Understanding of financial management and strategic planning.

  • Availability to fulfill the responsibilities of the role, including attending board meetings and participating in organizational events.


Time Commitment:

The Board Chair role requires a significant time commitment, including regular board meetings, committee participation, and engagement with the organization's leadership team. The specific time commitment may vary depending on the organization's needs and the term length.


Term Limitations:

The Term Limitations for VISION Inc. Board of Directors is three years.



This is a volunteer position and does not come with monetary compensation.


Application Process: 

Interested individuals should submit our Board of Directors Interest Form. Candidates may be interviewed by a board nominating committee, and final selections are made by a vote of the existing board members.


VISION Inc. is an equal opportunity organization and encourages individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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