Join our Board of Directors

NāTIFS Board of Directors is comprised of at least 7 members and no more than 13 members. Other legal requirements of the Board of Directors are listed in the organizational bylaws.

NāTIFS Board of Directors is the governing body, overseeing the vision, mission, and internal operations of the organization. Board members are elected for 3-year terms or shorter depending on circumstances. Board members hold overall fiscal and managerial oversight responsibility for NāTIFS. They are charged with the supervision and oversight of NāTIFS’s mission. They are responsible for making decisions, delegating work, and assuring decisions are carried out in the manner intended. Ultimately, board members serve as ambassadors for NāTIFS’s mission, inside and outside of organizational commitments.

Board Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Determine mission and purposes. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  2. Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
  3. Support and evaluate the chief executive. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.
  4. Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  5. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and monitor their effectiveness.
  6. Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to provide adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.
  7. Protect assets and provide financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  8. Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate its own performance.
  9. Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  10. Enhance the organization’s public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.


  • Be knowledgeable about NāTIFS’s mission, vision, programs, and events.
  • Serve as a leading ambassador of NāTIFS’s mission, programs, and services.
  • Stay informed about Board matters, prepare for meetings, and review and comment on issues of importance.
  • Regularly attend and prepare for Board meetings and important related meetings.
  • Actively serve on at least one Board committee/work group
  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in Board and other NāTIFS work.
  • Review and approve necessary organizational policies.
  • Understand financial statements or commit to learning about nonprofit financial oversight.
  • Commit to an annual philanthropic commitment as determined by the individual board member and fundraise/recruit members on behalf of the organization.
  • Participate in annual group and self-evaluation of personal board service.
  • Participate in hiring and oversight process of the Executive Director.
  • Participate in creation of strategic plan and conduct annual review of the strategic plan.
  • Respond to requests for feedback or decisions between meetings in a timely manner.
  • Get to know other Board members and NāTIFS stakeholders and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.

Qualifications for Service

  • Past or current engagement with NāTIFS related activities and organizations
  • Passion and willingness to support NāTIFS’s goals and objectives
  • Collaborative
  • Commitment to open and honest communication
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Analytical ability
  • Sensitivity and awareness
  • Leadership
  • Sound decision-making ability
  • Ability to easily use email and other technology such as cloud services

To Apply or Inquire for Further Information

please complete the following application and send to, with the subject line as follows: BoD_(last name)_(first name)