The Directors hold the ultimate legal and managerial responsibility for the Gender Centre Inc. The Gender Centre recognises the importance of maintaining an effective and active Board. As such, clarity in the roles and responsibilities of Directors is essential.
The Board od Directors are primarily responsible for the management of the affairs of the Gender Centre, including financial management and accountability, funding agreements and contracts, administration and accountability in matters relating to incorporation. internal operational policy development and implementation, ensuring adherence to legislation and other binding rules and regulations as well as staff employment and supervision.
The Gender Centre Inc. also recognises the expertise and knowledge of each individual staff member, and believes that it is vital for staff to occasionally provide input on issues that are being considered by the Directors. Staff attendance at board meetings is primarily for the purpose of resourcing Directors and providing the board with any relevant information and advice necessary. While the Gender Centre's Executive Director is required to attend meetings, other staff may attend these meetings as required. The Board of Directors may request other staff to attend all or part of a meeting and staff may request attendance to discuss a relevant issue. The board may request that staff absent themselves from the meeting for particular sessions or agenda items. Staff members are not entitled to move or second a motion or to vote at board meetings.
In order to ensure that management committee provides adequate support to the Gender Centre's staff and manager, the Gender Centre's manager ensures that the management committee is regularly and adequately informed of the activities of the Gender Centre and of any issues facing the Gender Centre, both internally and externally and informs the committee of any situations where a judgement or decision made by the Manager is contentious or may have repercussions for the Gender Centre Inc.