CLEAR Board Member Competencies & Duties


  • 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.


Duties of the Board of Directors
  • Establish and interpret the governing bylaws, policies and procedures for the management and operation of CLEAR
  • Develop policies and strategies for CLEAR
  • Adopt an annual operating budget for CLEAR
  • Meet at least twice during each calendar year, including at the annual conference and at the midyear business meeting
  • Direct the use of the CLEAR name, logo or other indicia
  • Grant awards in categories as determined by the board for outstanding achievements in the field of professional and occupational regulation
  • Oversee a nominations and elections process for members of the Board of Directors and its President-Elect
  • Develop financial policies and directives for staff implementation
  • Promote the development and maintenance of effective liaisons with external organizations
  • Hire the Executive Director
  • Exercise such other powers as are generally consistent with these Bylaws
Duties of a Board Member
  • Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies and programs
  • Participate fully in board meetings
  • Support and promote the Board's policies and procedures
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Participate fully in committee meetings
  • Participate fully in the annual conference and related events
  • Carry out special assignments as requested by the board president
  • Observe the legal responsibilities of duty of loyalty and duty of care to the organization
  • Understand the responsibilities of the board (see board duties)
  • Promote CLEAR membership and offerings within own jurisdiction
  • Be prepared to answer questions about CLEAR and its programs
  • Complete all assigned tasks in a timely fashion
  • Recognize, participate in and promote opportunities to further CLEAR's mission
Duties of the President
  • Report to the membership at the annual conference on the accomplishments of CLEAR during the preceding 12 months
  • Appoint chairs, vice-chairs and members of all standing committees, subcommittees, special interest groups and working groups
  • Preside over meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Provide strategic leadership to the organization
  • Represent or delegate representation of the organization
  • Conduct annual performance review of the Executive Director
  • Maintain positive relationships with staff and among board members, the CLEAR membership and external partners.
Duties of the President-Elect
  • Perform such duties as may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors
  • Serve as President during the membership year following his/her term as President-Elect
  • Succeed the President and complete the President's term of office in the event the President should resign or otherwise be unable to serve
  • In the case of temporary disability or absence of the President, perform and be vested with all the powers and duties of the President
  • In the event the President-Elect becomes the President pursuant to the provisions of Article IV Section 2(a), s/he shall also serve the full term of office to which s/he was initially elected