This document serves to outline the roles of each member of the board of Open Source Matters Inc.

The Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. as required by the bylaws of the Corporation, is made up of 6 (six) Department Coordinators and 4 (four) Officers. 

The Board of Directors is tasked with and responsible for providing holistic organisational, legal and financial support to the Joomla! Project.

The role descriptions laid out below have been written by the current officers collectively from their viewpoint of the roles. These role descriptions will change over time as new people come and go and the roles expand, contract or change over time.  

In short this is an ever evolving document, just like the Joomla project.


The Officer roles are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Three of these positions, President, Secretary and Treasurer, are required by New York State law. 
The Officers of the Corporation have fixed roles which span the entire organisation, the directors are responsible for the departments over which they oversee.

Overviews of the Officer roles are as follow.

Department Coordinators / Directors

  • Department Coordinators are Board Members of Open Source Matters.
  • Being on the board of directors is a significant responsibility.
  • Board Members will be expected to be able to give at least 20 hours per week to the project.
  • When on vacation or otherwise unavailable due to other temporary commitments, they must provide proxy votes for anything tabled in their absence and be able to make themselves available within 24 hours should an urgent matter arise.
  • Outwith periods of absence as mentioned above, members should warrant the ability to read and answer emails within 24 hours.
  • Board Members must be able to commit to this for an entire one year term, unexpected changes in circumstances excepted.
  • They are responsible for calling regular department meetings with all the Team Leaders of the Department in attendance.
  • They are also responsible for seeking advice from the Team Leaders on agenda topics and how to vote in Board Meetings.