It’s a fact of life that people will lose their jobs. Some of those people might be your board members, who may think it’s a good idea for your nonprofit to hire them.

This is a bad idea, but if the board member insists, you need to have a way to handle it. Here’s what The Board Doctor recommends you propose to the board chair or full board if a trustee places you in this position:

  1. The board member should resign from the board.
  2. Apply a lengthy waiting period. Before a former board member can apply for a position, he should be off the board for at least one year.
  3. The board member should recognize that his application will be treated just like any other applicant. It’s a competitive process, and the best applicant will get the job.

Cover yourself from the eventuality that a board member will need a job by suggesting a board policy to this effect.