Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership

The Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership (“Board Leadership Award”) celebrates a Board Chair who has shown excellence in leading the Board of Directors of an arts organization. The Board Chair leads through the effective relationship they have with the rest of the board, executive director, artistic director, members, funders and public AND through the effective practices they put in place.

 

The Rozsa Foundation defines the Board Chair (who is sometimes called the President of the board) as the individual who is the head of the executive of the board. The Board Chair does not just lead the board meetings but leads the board within the organization. The Board Chair is not to be confused with the staff roles of CEO or Executive Director.

 

*In the case where an individual is active in both roles, please apply for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.

 

There are two stages in the nomination process. In Stage One, nominations are reviewed by Rozsa Foundation staff to approve eligibility and in Stage Two, nominations are reviewed by the Board Leadership Award Jury to evaluate outstanding achievement in each of the Award Criteria. 

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Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership

Award Eligibility Criteria

 

Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership
 

Stage One Eligibility Criteria

Please note that a potential nominee who does not meet one (1) of the stage one eligibility criteria (eg. 500K operating budget or have been volunteering with the organization for three years) may still be eligiblePlease contact us prior to nominating.
 

The nominated Board Chair Individual (“nominee”) must:
 

  • Be a person, not an organization.

  • Be a Board Chair of an Alberta registered charity with a budget of at least 500k.

  • Have been volunteering with the affiliated arts organization for a minimum of three years and been in the leadership position as Board Chair of the affiliated arts organization for at least one year.

  • Be available for an interview by the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership Jury (“Board Jury”) and/or Rozsa Foundation staff.

  • Be available to become a member of the Board Leadership Award Jury and attend the award deliberation sessions in the year following their selection.

  • Be willing to address public sessions on keyboard leadership practices throughout the year following their receipt of the Board Leadership Award, and announce their selection in their season’s brochure and/or on their website.

 

The affiliated Arts Organization (“organization”) must:
 

  • Be a not-for-profit with a charitable registration number.

  • Have been in business for a minimum of three years.

  • Have a well-defined cycle of activities, the content of which must have a distinct arts focus.

  • Be an individual company, offering presentations of work by artists or creators of art to the public, either to participate in or to experience: that is, have exhibitions, staged performances, workshops, publications of works, or other programming.

  • Be deemed to make a meaningful contribution within the arts sector and to the artistic life of their community.

  • Employ business processes and practices that reflect ethical principles and values.

 

The nominators (“nominators”) must:
 

  • Be a board member of the nominee's organization (first nominator) and be the Executive Director or Artistic Director (or equivalent) of the nominee’s organization (second nominator).

  • Both sign and submit the online nomination form. Associated organizations and businesses can prompt the nomination, but the board member and executive director/artistic director (or equivalent) must sign and submit the online nomination form. 
     

Not Eligible:
 

  • Organizations must not nominate both a Board Chair (for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership) AND Executive Director (for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management) in the same year.

  • Organizations that are directly affiliated with and receive the majority of their funding from any single level of government may not be nominated.

  • Board Chairs of post-secondary educational institutions may not be nominated for their work with students and/or faculties that offer Arts performances or exhibitions.

  • Nominators must not be a family member of the nominee.

  • Past recipients of the Rozsa Awards (both the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership) cannot be nominated again for the same award for three years.

  • Nominees and nominators must not have a formal association with the Rozsa Foundation or any of the Rozsa Award partners.

 

Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership


Stage Two Award Criteria

The Board Chair nominee (“nominee”) will be chosen for outstanding achievement in the eight Award Criteria as outlined below. All nominations for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership (“Board Leadership Award”) must meet all eight (8) Award Criteria.
 

The nominators including the Board Nominator (first nominator) and Executive Director or Artistic Director or equivalent (second nominator) are to provide a written paragraph addressing each of the eight (8) Award Criteria along with supporting documentation. Additional supporting documentation including letters from other individuals who are not the two nominators are also to be provided.

 

  1. Board Chair leads productive board meetings that address required business and allow for generative discussion in which all board members are actively engaged.
     

  2. Board Chair ensures suitability and accountability of all board committees, policies & procedures, committee reports, and that the strategic planning is current and regularly reviewed.
     

  3. Board Chair ensures there is a process for board recruitment and training, terms of reference, succession planning for board members and Executive Director/Artistic Director, and that the board reflects the diverse communities the organization serves.
     

  4. Board Chair shows passion for the organization internally ensuring that the artistic mission is being prioritized and not drifted from, and externally by being involved in fund development and advocacy efforts.
     

  5. Board Chair leads the board in self-evaluation (eg. they are working together effectively as a team and are meeting the strategic goals & objectives).
     

  6. Board Chair meets regularly with the Executive Director or Artistic Director and they have a strong and engaged working relationship with productive tension.
     

  7. Board Chair manages external challenges/risks and knows when to step in/step out of operational concerns.
     

  8. Board Chair promotes transformational impact within their organization by serving as a role model. They inspire board and staff to work together towards a common vision.

 

Rozsa Award For Excellence in Board Leadership

Nomination Process

Please send an email to Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director at geraldine@rozsafoundation.org BEFORE June 7, 2019, to indicate that you will be submitting a nomination for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership.
 

STAGE 1 SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

Nominators submit an application via our online nomination form by June 7th, 2019. 

The Stage 1 Submission determines the nominee and organization’s eligibility for the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership. All applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt and will be told in the week of June 17th if they are eligible to move to Stage 2.


 

 

 

STAGE 2 SUBMISSION AWARD CRITERIA 

 

If successful in the Stage 1 Submission, the Board Nominator and Executive Director/Artistic Director (or equivalent) (“nominators”) will provide a written paragraph addressing each of the eight (8) Award Criteria along with supporting documentation. Nominators of affiliated arts organizations will receive a direct link to the Stage 2 application.
 

Please be advised Stage 2 will be due July 12, 2019. 

 

In the Stage 2 submission, the nominators will highlight through qualitative and quantitative examples any specific projects, initiatives, or activities in which the nominee has been notably successful. The nominators will explain how the nominee exceeds their organization’s expectations with respect to all criteria, and describe the overall transformational impact of the nominee’s work.

PLEASE NOTE
 

  • Late submissions will not be considered.

  • If you have any existing printed materials (strategic plans, program brochures, etc), please contact us to submit them.

 

If you have any questions about the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Board Leadership, please contact Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director at the Rozsa Foundation by phone at 403-245-6063 or by e-mail at geraldine@rozsafoundation.org

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