Board of Directors
We are proud to be one of the few organizations in the area to have members with Asperger’s serving as active board directors. We also have some very dedicated people from the community serving on our Advisory Board.
Members of the Board of Directors of AWorks serve an important role within the organization. The future of AWorks is in large part ensured through the active participation of its Board. Service as a Board Member holds certain expectations in terms of involvement, participation, support, and commitment to AWorks’ mission.
Asperger Works (AWorks) is always on the lookout for potential Board members who are creative, understand complexity, are open to new and challenging concepts, view change as necessary and positive, and have the ability and time to meet the needs of AWorks. Additionally, AWorks desires individuals who reflect diversity including – but not limited to – race, age, gender, sexual orientation, geography, economic status, disability, and ethnicity.
We would also like to note that our meetings are held virtually on ZOOM. This allows people, who have difficulties attending in-person meetings for various reasons, to participate fully in the governance of our organization.
The following general qualifications are essential for a member of
Asperger Works’ Board of Directors:
Governance Skills and Abilities
Ability in providing strategic direction, monitoring organizational effectiveness, overseeing financial and budgetary issues, and determining critical programmatic policies and directions.
Capacity & Propensity to Give
Ability and willingness to contribute financially (in the form of donations from outside sources or personal contributions) and to provide personal contacts and influence to help the Organization achieve its mission and goals.
Dedication to AWorks’ Mission & Goals
Demonstrate genuine interest and/or experience in the field of Autism – especially Asperger’s – and the vision, mission, goals, values, and beliefs of AWorks.
AWorks is committed to diversity and inclusion in all our policies, plans, programs, services, relationships, and operations.
Work in partnership with staff with varying viewpoints and backgrounds to reach consensus on complex problems and issues.
Represent AWorks to the Public.
Act as a representative to AWorks’ membership, volunteers, public, press, the philanthropic community, and other groups in articulating our organization’s mission, goals, and activities.
Representative duties of Board Members
AWorks’ Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the finances and activities of the organization.
The Board determines, demands, and assures appropriate organizational performance. This includes fulfilling the mission of the organization, determining its future direction, and assuring the organization’s fiscal health. A Board Member is expected to attend all Board Meetings and to participate in committees and other activities as needed.
Some of the major responsibilities of an AWorks Board Member are to:
- Ensure appropriate linkage between the work of the organization’s programs and the mission and goals of Asperger Works to its constituents;
- Ensure that the highest ethical and professional standards are being applied in the handling and use of funds raised for programmatic activities;
- Provide philanthropic support drawing on sphere of influence or through personal giving to benefit AWorks;
- Ensure appropriate controls are in place in compliance with all laws governing 501(c)(3) organizations;
- Approve budget and monitor finances;
- Act as representative in articulating AWorks’ mission and goals;
- Evaluate the AWorks President’s and Executive Director’s performance (keeping in mind that he/she may be on the Spectrum needing special allowances and aid).
We meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM virtually on Zoom and welcome visitors. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact the Board secretary so that she can send you the login information.
Asperger Works, Inc. values diversity and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds, including people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Please contact us directly with any questions you may have.