Board of Directors Roles, Responsibilities and Qualifications

ACHA seeks to improve the quality of life and extend the lives of adults with congenital heart defects. Through education, outreach, advocacy and research, ACHA serves and supports the nearly two million adults with congenital heart disease, their families and the medical community.



The Board of Directors (Board) supports the work of ACHA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by ACHA’s chief executive officer (CEO) and staff, the Board/CEO/staff relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:


Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as s/he implements ACHA’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating impact, performance and effectiveness
  • Evaluating the work of the CEO and the Board on an annual basis
  • Reviewing agendas and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
  • Approving ACHA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Assisting the CEO, Board Chair and Nominating Committee with identifying and recruiting new Board Members
  • Partnering with the CEO and Board Members to ensure that all Board resolutions are carried out and that actions to achieve ACHA’s strategic goals are successfully undertaken
  • Serving on standing and ad hoc committees and taking on special assignments
  • Representing ACHA to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring ACHA’s commitment to a diverse Board and staff that reflects the communities ACHA serves



ACHA Board Members consider ACHA a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that ACHA can meet its strategic objectives and credibly solicit contributions from businesses, foundations, organizations and individuals, ACHA expects every Board Member make an annual contribution that is commensurate with his/her capacity. In addition every Board Member is expected to cultivate additional gifts to the organization from individuals, businesses and other contacts within his/her sphere of influence. Specifically for fiscal year 2020, every Board Member is required to make an annual financial contribution of at least $7,500, raised or contributed, and of which a minimum of $1,500 must be a personal donation.


Board Terms / Participation

ACHA’s Board Members serve a three-year term and are then eligible for re-appointment for one additional three-year term. Board meetings are held bimonthly with at least one in-person meeting each year. Committee meetings are held at regular intervals at the discretion of each individual committee. Current standing committees of the Board include Governance, Finance, Programs, and Advocacy, with additional ad hoc committees formed as deemed necessary.



This is an extraordinary opportunity for individual leaders who are passionate about ACHA’s mission and who have a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, health care or the non-profit sector. Their accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Board Members are expected to embody the following qualities:

Wealth: ACHA Board Members achieve and exceed the 2020 fundraising requirements; they have the capacity to make generous personal gifts and recruit their network to do the same.

Work: ACHA Board Members are capable and willing to attend bi-monthly Board and committee meetings, actively contribute to the discussion, and commit to participating in events.

Wisdom: ACHA Board Members bring mature judgment and analytical vision to complex matters, and are wise enough and bold enough to make difficult decisions. 

Wallop: ACHA Board Members have clout, power and leverage; they have influence within their own community; they are people who can open doors, attract others.

Will: ACHA Board Members bring the passion to commit wholly to the pursuit of the organization’s strategic objectives.

Ideal candidates will also possess:

  • A commitment to, and an understanding of, ACHA’s constituents.
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Personal qualities of honesty, integrity and credibility.
  • An appreciation for, and understanding of, the role that non-profit organizations play in meeting critical needs in the community.
  • An innovative spirit, the ability to think “out of the box.”
  • Passion for advocating in support of ACHA’s priority issues.


Service on ACHA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, in relation to Board Member’s duties.