PSIA-AASI’s Policy Governance Structure and its Policy Governance Manual are like an operating system for PSIA-AASI’s Board of Directors. Similar to operating systems for computers, the system isn’t the board’s work, rather the system gives the Board a framework on which they can build agreements and activities.
The structure includes Governance Process Policies, Ends Policies, Board-Management Delegation Policies, and Executive Limitations Policies to achieve organizational goals. By helping the Board and operational staff understand their roles and responsibilities, this structure empowers everyone at PSIA-AASI to deliver on the organization’s shared vision and Ends (aka strategic plan), as understand how to work with each other and create accountability.
- Governance Process: These describe how the Board functions and its responsibility, as representative of the membership, not to “manage” the PSIA-AASI’s day-to-day operations, but to govern them (e.g. ensure they are well managed).
- Ends: These describe the desired organizational outcomes that PSIA-AASI wants to produce for and on behalf of its members.
- Board-Management Delegation: These describe the way Board delegates authority to the organization (through the CEO and the staff that report to the CEO), and how the Board monitors and evaluates PSIA-AASI’s operational performance.
- Executive Limitations: These describe where the Board authority ends and the CEO’s picks up, by creating scopes of authority in which the CEO must operate.
For additional information on Policy Governance and the structure of this model check out, “The Ten Principles of Policy Governance” article.