2017 TOPS Board of Directors Position Description Tennessee Opportunity Programs (TOPS)

The agency is a 501(c)(3) chartered in 1973 that serves farm worker communities. The mission of TOPS is to promote the economic and social prosperity of low-income individuals and communities through education, work experiences, and health programs.

Current grant programs include the National Farmworker Jobs Program, a WIOA 167 Department of Labor Grant, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (afterschool program) funded by the Tennessee Department of Education, and several smaller grant programs.

TOPS has two board openings – one of which will be a finance chairperson. Interested applicants should send resume/CV to Lori.Roberts@tnopportunity.org. Board Member Position Description Members of the Board of Directors of Tennessee Opportunity Programs (TOPS) exercise ultimate authority for guiding the organization’s mission, values, goals and strategies.

Members of the Board have legal and fiduciary responsibilities and commit to honor those responsibilities.

Members of the Board are required to be familiar with and at all times abide by the governing documents and policies of the organization, including, but not limited to its Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Ethics Policy, and Conflict of Interest Policy.

The Board is specifically responsible for:

• determining TOPS’ mission and purpose consistent with its Articles of Incorporation;

• conducting effective organizational planning;

• approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services;

• fostering collaboration between TN Opportunity Programs and other organizations;

• making a personal commitment to actively participate in the organization’s resource development activities and efforts to achieve financial sustainability;

• assisting the Executive Director and other staff raise funds from foundations, corporations, governmental entities and individual donors in accordance with the development policies of the organization;

• overseeing the fiscal affairs and fiscal health of the organization;

• selecting, supervising and evaluating the Chief Executive Officer of the organization;

• working to enhance and protect the public image and reputation of the organization;

• serving and actively participating in at least one Board Committee;


The Board meets four times each year. Members may participate in person or by telephone.