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How to Recruit and Screen Board Candidates

Board Candidates are the individuals who will serve on a nonprofit organization’s board of directors. The implementation of a process to screen and recruit prospective board members is vital to ensure that your board is adequately staffed at all times. Board positions that are vacant can lead to business setbacks, and make it difficult for new board members to take on the role of a new member.

Board recruitment usually involves the nomination committee of the board and other stakeholders who are interested. The committee that nominates will find candidates who have an experience at the board level and relevant skillsets. The committee should also take into consideration those who are of high academic standing outside the corporate world, such as academics, government officials, supranational institutions or non-governmental organisations as well as those with an established track record of being at the top in their field.

Once a list of possible candidates is compiled and approved by the board chair, the candidate can invite them to an interview and after that, a meeting with all board members. This gives the board to meet with the candidate and to experience what it is like to be a part of the board.

During the election process It can be beneficial to have a complete candidate profile that voters are able to access online. This will allow them to make a better informed decision on the candidate they want to vote for. In addition, it could be beneficial to have a cumulative voting system on your ballot or allow voters to choose “abstain.” Both of these options are easily set up in ElectionBuddy.

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