Working as a Park Board Member: Being Effective

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Working as a Park and Recreation Board member can be challenging and rewarding. Success is measured in whether or not the Board is able to accomplish their goals.

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Working as a Park and Recreation Board member can be challenging and rewarding. Success is measured in whether or not the Board is able to accomplish their goals. The key to working together and accomplishing goals is to first understand your role, how you contribute to a larger decision-making process, and how you can work effectively with others. This course is designed to give you the tools and information to be an active participant on the Board, who works cooperatively on behalf of the community where you live and work.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed. This course includes the following elements.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Building Successful Boards
  • Caring and Feeding the Board
  • Working with Executives and Staff

Be able to:

  • Identify the qualities required to be a successful board member.
  • Determine factors that contribute to the success of the board as a whole.
  • Describe how effective board membership is practiced.
  • Explain how boards are nurtured.
  • Describe the relationship between the agency director and the board.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course; all are welcome. If interested, the Working as a Park Board Member: The Basics e-course provides introductory information to this course.

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