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The structure and purpose of the Board of Directors is governed by the Bylaws of COMMON. The Board of Directors delegates the authority and responsibility for day-to-day activities to COMMON’s Executive Director. The primary duty of the Board is to concentrate their activities on issues of strategic importance to the future well being of COMMON.

  • Must be able to commit time required to the term of office set by the election procedures
  • Must be able to attend the Annual Meeting, plus two (2) days before and one (1) day after each Annual Meeting to attend Board meetings
  • Must be able to attend to participate on monthly conference calls
  • Must be able to attend one (1) Strategic Planning/Board Meeting per year, totaling three (3) days
  • Must be able to attend special meetings called by the President
  • Must be available to participate in conference calls as designated by the President 
  • Reports to COMMON Membership
  • Sets policy and strategic direction for COMMON
  • Has fiduciary responsibility for all COMMON Activities
  • Provides direction to the Executive Director
  • Approves the annual budget
  • Maintains communication channels with IBM and all levels of the COMMON organization
  • Participation in strategic planning sessions held by Users Groups, IBM and/or other organizations that require non-disclosure
  • Acts in accordance with COMMON’s Bylaws and Code of Ethics
  • Represents COMMON to other users groups
  • Votes on issues presented to the Board
  • A Director has the opportunity to meet with key personnel in IBM, Users Groups and other organizations
  • A Director has the opportunity to interface with key personnel throughout the COMMON organization and to discuss current technology
  • A Director develops policy and procedures that contribute to making COMMON a dynamic and highly effective organization, through interaction with COMMON’s membership
  • A Director can experience personal growth through the interchange of ideas with IBM and peer groups, and can expand their knowledge of planning and managing a large organization
  • A Director has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to COMMON’s future
  • Leadership
  • Team player
  • Experience with budgets and business planning
  • Financial management and process management
  • Change and quality management
  • Participation in two (2) conferences over the last two (2) years
  • At least five (5) years of experience in a system (software, hardware or applications) and/or management environment 
  • Inability to attend the COMMON Annual Meeting
  • Unable to attend Board meetings and conference calls on a regular basis
  • Failure to attend a Strategic Planning meeting on a yearly basis
  • Unable or unwilling to act in a capacity designated by the Board of Directors
  • Failure to fulfill the responsibilities of the office
  • Failure to act in a way consistent with COMMON’s Code of Ethics and Bylaws