CLEAR Board Member Competencies


  • Familiarity with CLEAR’s mission, vision, values, and goals (including strategic plan)
  • Understand the Board of Directors' role in proper stewardship of the organization
  • Understand corporate governance (the role of a policy making board) and the difference between governance and operations
  • Expert knowledge and experience in the regulation of professions and occupations
  • Knowledge of governance issues for membership organizations and how they differ from those of regulatory agencies
  • Knowledge of CLEAR’s products and services including the work of its committees in contributing to product development and service delivery.


Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to operate on a strategic level rather than a tactical level
  • Ability to be goal and future oriented
  • Ability to think critically, ask questions, and challenge unsubstantiated opinions
  • Ability to understand issues from different perspectives
  • Ability to understand and process large amounts of information effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to set vision and identify new business opportunities, helping the organization respond to expanding or contracting markets


  • Ability to articulate ideas, opinions, rationales, and comments in a clear, concise, and logical manner
  • Ability to interact with other board members in a group setting, both contributing to discussions, and valuing the contributions of all members
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a culturally diverse team of board members and staff
  • Ability to achieve practical consensus in group discussions

Decision Making

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify issues as well as the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Ability to make informed decisions efficiently and take action when needed
  • Ability to participate in the execution of the strategic plan, portions of which may be assigned to board members

Analytical Skills

  • Ability to understand and analyze financial reports
  • Ability to review and analyze proposed budgets in light of CLEAR resources, strategic goals, and priorities
  • Ability to analyze reports on a variety of topics (for example business development and membership; event planning; public relations, marketing and communications; cybersecurity) from committees, task forces, and other entities, and to comment on drafts of publications and other documents, as required.

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