AAUW Board Vice Chair Position Description

The Board Vice Chair shall assume the office of the Board Chair in the event of a vacancy in that office; perform the duties of the Board Chair in all cases in which the Board Chair is unable to serve; assist in such matters as may be delegated by the Board Chair or the Board of Directors; and serve as a member of any committee, except the Nominating Committee or Audit Committee, whenever designated by the Board Chair.

Requisite skills and experience

  • Previous service on the AAUW Board of Directors or one of its predecessor corporations
  • Leadership experience with nonprofit and volunteer organizations
  • Capability of assisting board chair in coordinating special committees of the board
  • Ability to serve in the board chair’s stead when necessary
  • Administrative ability to coordinate the work of the board
  • Proficiency in public speaking, written communication, and use of online technology
  • Understanding of board governance and member-staff relationships
  • Other capabilities as listed under director requisite skills and experience

Responsibilities of each member of the AAUW Board of Directors

  • Understand dynamics of organizational governance and role of the board in strategic thinking and policy development
  • Commit to fiduciary duties of care, loyalty, and obedience
  • Work in partnership with AAUW chief executive officer and staff in setting direction and implementing the AAUW mission and strategic plans and goals
  • Monitor AAUW programs and finances; ensure sound fiscal management and necessary resources
  • Attend all board meetings and participate in AAUW events at the affiliate level, as appropriate
  • Review all written materials in preparation for board meetings
  • Review all written material and communications between board meetings and respond when necessary in a timely manner
  • Stay informed about AAUW programs and activities, as well as affiliate and member issues
  • Identify and develop future AAUW leadership at all levels
  • Represent and promote AAUW to membership and the public
  • Provide leadership in expanding the member/donor base through role modeling and support of recruitment and development initiatives
  • Participate actively in fundraising efforts and give personally according to capacity
  • Possess basic fluency with computers, Internet, and other technologies
  • Respect the protocols of board relationship with the chief executive officer and staff
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding any board business
  • Pursue ongoing board learning and professional development
  • Work toward building an inclusive AAUW with outreach to diverse communities

Specific responsibilities of the Vice Chair

  • Assume the office of the board chair in the event of a vacancy in that office
  • Perform the duties of the board chair when the chair is unable to serve
  • Assist board chair in securing participation from the board and members in order to meet philanthropic goals

The vice chair accomplishes her or his responsibilities by completing the following tasks:

  • Attend all meetings of AAUW
  • Participate in the development of AAUW’s strategic plan
  • Work with board and staff on recommendation of qualified members for appointed office
  • Participate in the preparation of a biennial report to the AAUW National Convention and submission of a written annual report to the board
  • Assist in such matters as may be delegated by the chair or the board of directors
  • Serve as member of any committee, except the AAUW Nominating Committee and the AAUW Audit Committee, when designated by the chair
  • Maintain confidentiality of executive session

Updated December 2016

 


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