AIR Board Committees

The AIR Board of Directors may appoint committees to assist with their governance duties of the association.  The establishment of Board committees is guided by two Board policies: “Board Committee Principles” and “Board Committee Structure,” which are listed below.

BOARD COMMITTEE PRINCIPLES

Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to reinforce the wholeness of the Board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from Board to CEO.

Accordingly:

  1. Board committees are to help the Board do its job, not to help or advise the staff. Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for Board deliberation. In keeping with the Board’s broader focus, Board committees will normally not have direct dealings with current staff operations.

  2. Board committees may not speak or act for the Board except when formally given such authority for specific and time-limited purposes.  Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the CEO.

  3. Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff. Because the CEO works for the full Board, he or she will not be required to obtain approval of a Board committee before an executive action.

  4. Board committees are to avoid over-identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a Board committee that has helped the Board create policy on some topic will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.

  5. Board committees will be used sparingly and ordinarily in an ad hoc capacity.

  6. This policy applies to any group which is formed by Board action, whether or not it is called a committee and regardless whether the group includes Board members. It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the CEO.

BOARD COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

A committee is a Board committee only if its existence and charge come from the Board, regardless whether Board members sit on the committee. The only Board committees are those which are set forth in this policy. Unless otherwise stated, a committee ceases to exist as soon as its task is complete.

STANDING COMMITTEES

1. Nominations and Elections Committee

a. Product: A slate of candidates, properly screened, as stipulated per the Constitution and Bylaws.

b. Authority: To use no more than 120 hours of staff time per annum.

AD HOC COMMITTEES

Note: Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed from time to time. Their charge and timeline will appear in the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors.