1. What knowledge, skills and expertise would be needed for a potential board member for an organization like a homeless shelter.
2. Explain two strategies or tools you might use in your recruitment of this new board member. Be specific.
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1. Most homeless shelter agencies/organizations have non-profit status. When recruiting for a Board member, it is likely the position would be unpaid, or come with a modest stipend. The knowledge, skills and expertise (KSE) required for such a position would be varied. Board members would need to have a general understanding of finances, non-profit operations and social services. Depending on the homeless shelter need, recruitment may also require skills in target areas as fundraising, human resources, or even accounting. An example of the types of requirements for a Board member position with Sonoma County, CA may be viewed at: http://sonomacountyhomeless.org/board-opportunities. Expertise in any operation field, such as accounting or finance, assists a non-profit in having a Board member manage these tasks rather than a part or full-time paid employee. Recruiting board members whom have the requisite KSE in an area of performance where savings can be realized by not paying for personnel is definitely a bonus.
2. Two strategies in recruitment of a Board member would be via social media and word-of-mouth (WOM). With social media, the homeless shelter should advertise on all platforms it utilizes in "everyday" business; such as Facebook, Twitter and the organization's webpage. This will help to ensure people whom are involved with the homeless shelter and frequent social media will be alerted to the Board member opening. WOM is also a powerful tool, where the current personnel/volunteers of the homeless shelter can target individuals they know whom would be a "good fit" in the role. WOM may occur in "work" functions such a formal meetings and/or conferences, or even in casual settings such as family/friend outings. When an insider of the homeless shelter knows what the culture is and thoroughly understands the demands of the Board member position, they can analyze friends/family/peers to determine those who could be successful in the role. WOM adds a personal touch as well, whereas a current representative from the homeless shelter is inviting someone to apply for the position.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 11:36 pm ad1c9bdddf>