Roles & Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is tasked with setting the overall direction of the credit union. This rarely requires direct involvement in the day-to-day operations since that job falls to the credit union manager or CEO that the board hires. The credit union staff implements the policies that their board sets.

A Director’s Responsibilities
Generally speaking, the board’s job is to set direction for and control the credit union, making sure it is operated in a sound and prudent manner and that all decisions are guided by the best interests of the members. The Credit Union Board of Director’s Handbook contains a sample position description for the board of directors that breaks the director’s job down as follows:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Set policy
  • Plan the credit union’s course
  • Make sure the credit union maintains its sound financial condition
  • Keep communication open to educate members on services
  • Review the CEO’s progress in achieving goals and objectives
  • Report to the members at the annual meeting

Necessary Knowledge and Skills

  • An understanding of credit union philosophy and the desire to better the financial lives of members
  • The ability to understand basic financial statements
  • The ability to think and plan strategically

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work with the CEO and the board to develop objectives and goals for the credit union, including strategic plans
  • Make sure the credit union adheres to pertinent laws, regulations, and sound business practices
  • Make sure the credit union maintains sound financial conditions and that the credit union’s assets are protected against unauthorized or illegal acts
  • Designate depositories, authorize borrowing and investing, provide for bonding and other security factors, including internal control policies and procedures
  • Approve interest rates, dividends, and refunds, or approve policies to guide management in doing so
  • Approve loan limits and savings minimum
  • Develop personnel policies, or make sure they are developed, and then approve them for all credit union programs and activities
  • Review policies and bylaws at least one a year and update as necessary
  • Make sure new products and services are developed as needed
  • Approve the credit union budget
  • Define the scope of the CEO’s job, hire someone to fill the position, and review his or her progress in attaining goals and objectives
  • Attend monthly board meetings, exercise judgment independently from the CEO, and report to the members at the annual meeting
Donya Parrish VP–Risk Management

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