A nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors is the governing body of the institution. The responsibilities of the board include discussing and voting on the highest priority issues, setting organizational policies, and evaluating the Executive Director. Board members are not required to know everything about the management of the Symphony, but they are expected to act in the best interests of the organization. They approve operating budgets, establish long-term plans, and participate in fundraising. Member come from varying backgrounds, including doctors, lawyers, business, nonprofits, and education.
In the same vein, the NHSO has created a Junior Board, which strives to provide a similar experience to greater New Haven college students, all coming from different educational and geographic backgrounds. Over the course of a season, Junior Board members come together at monthly meetings to help answer the question “How should the NHSO better engage with the Junior Board’s peer demographic?” Projects are created off this question, and then carried out throughout the season.
An opportunity to network with our true Board of Directors comes at the end of the season, when the Junior Board presents its work and discusses options for future projects.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.