About Board Service at Southeast Uplift
Southeast Uplift is a grassroots neighborhood coalition founded in 1968. Our mission is to assist the citizens and neighborhood associations of Southeast Portland to create communities that are livable, socially diverse, safe and vital. We contract with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement to facilitate citizen participation within our geographic area comprised of 20 neighborhoods.
What is the composition of the board?
The Southeast Uplift board of directors includes representatives from our 20 coalition neighborhood associations, up to 4 business districts, and up to 5 community-based organizations, plus up to 5 at-large members.
What are the board’s main responsibilities?
The Southeast Uplift board is responsible for upholding the mission and values in all policies, programs and practices. This includes:
- Serving as emissaries to communicate with and engage neighbors in coalition programs and projects.
- Assuring that coalition services and programs are responsive to neighborhood and community concerns and interests.
- Involving coalition neighborhoods in working together on big picture vision, goals and projects to strengthen our community.
- Serving as advocates in the public policy arena concerning land use, transportation and other livability issues.
- The Board’s Executive Committee provides leadership in overseeing the coalition’s finances and organizational management.
What is involved in board service?
As a Southeast Uplift board member, you would contribute an average of 5 hours each month including:
- Prepare for and participate in board meetings (first Monday of the month)
- Participate in an annual Planning Retreat
- Stay in communication regularly with your group (neighborhood association, community organization or business district)
- Take part in board training to learn or strengthen skills relating to board service (e.g., how to read financial statements)
- Participate in committee or project work based on your interests, strengths, and talents
- Executive Committee members spend an average of 5 additional hours each month
How long are board member terms?
Terms are 1 to 2 years and may be renewed based on your organization’s bylaws.
How are Southeast Uplift board members appointed?
Southeast Uplift seeks the participation of board members from each of our 20 coalition neighborhood associations, as well as area business districts and community-based organizations. We also have at-large board seats for board members who are not directly associated with a neighborhood association or other organization.
Our process for appointing new board members includes the following steps:
- Southeast Uplift (board members and staff), neighborhood associations, business districts or community organizations may initiate the recruitment of new coalition board members.
- A prospective board member meets with the Southeast Uplift Board Chair or Vice Chair to discuss the opportunities and requirements associated with board service. This is also a time to identify how the prospective board member’s interests and abilities match up with coalition projects and committees.
- Prospective board members communicate their interest in Southeast Uplift board service to their respective neighborhood association, business district or community organization and secure the support of their organization. (At-large board members skip this step).
- The incoming board member provides a completed board nomination form to Southeast Uplift and is officially voted onto the board of directors at the next regular coalition board meeting.
- The Southeast Uplift Executive Director and/or Board Chair meets with each incoming board member to review the Board Binder, provide information about programs and operations, and facilitate additional introductions (staff, community, etc.).
What if I have to miss a board meeting or other board event?
You should inform the Board Chair immediately (by phone or email) if you are unable to attend a board meeting or other board event (contact the Executive Director if you cannot reach the Board Chair). In the case of committee meetings, communicate directly with the committee chair.
How are board member resignations handled?
To resign from the coalition board, board members are asked to submit a resignation in writing to the Southeast Uplift Chair, Executive Director and the Chair of your organization’s board and to be available for one additional board meeting (when possible) to be thanked and recognized for their service.