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Become A Board Member

Growth and Development Services (GDS) is looking for board members who believe in our mission and are interested in being active in their governance roles. We are seeking to bolster the skill sets, experience and professions in the boardroom. Drawing from the expertise of new members, we hope to achieve better governance and increase the human and financial resources we have available for achieving our mission. Our staff and Board at GDS will share their experience and long history of success, along with the ingredients which make us the quality organization that we are today: consistency, communication, transparency and openness.

Responsibilities of a GDS Board Member:          


  • Determine mission and purpose. Revise and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, programs, and communities served. Monitor and strengthen programs and services and their effectiveness.
  • Ensure effective planning. Actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources and oversight. Help secure adequate resources and funding for the organization to fulfill its mission. Assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  • Select, support and evaluate the Executive Director. Reach consensus on the Executive Director’s responsibilities, ensure that he/she has the moral and professional support they need to further the goals of the organization, and evaluate performance on an ongoing basis.
  • Board Development. Help articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own and each other’s performance.
  • Advocacy and Outreach. Board members are diplomats and advocates for our cause. Members enhance the organization’s public standing by clearly articulating the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.


How to apply:

To apply or to learn more information about becoming a GDS Board member, please contact: Dr. Gary Altheim, President/Executive Director at drgaryaltheim@excelgds.org.

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