AAUW Board Director Position Description

AAUW board directors participate in strategic thinking to provide organizational direction linked with sustainable resources and measurable outcomes. The elected and appointed directors shall facilitate and promote the purpose and mission of AAUW. (AAUW Bylaws, Article VI, Section 2)

Requisite skills and experience

  • Board leadership or service with AAUW at the affiliate or national level preferred, but at least a minimum of board leadership or service with one or more nonprofit organizations
  • Ability to dedicate adequate time to board responsibilities
  • Demonstrated organizational and management skills
  • Experience with organizational strategic planning
  • Ability to understand financial reports and budgets
  • Understanding and passion for AAUW’s mission and work
  • Ability to access online information and to communicate via e-mail and other avenues
  • Communication skills in presenting AAUW’s message to members and public
  • Specific skill set or area of expertise to augment the board’s work that may include finance and budgeting, membership development, fundraising, communications and public relations, advocacy and public policy, knowledge of new technologies, or familiarity with research addressing women’s equity issues

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

Directors accomplish their responsibilities by completing the following tasks:

  • Work with the AAUW board and staff in a manner consistent with the direction established by the AAUW board chair and the chief executive officer
  • Participate in strategic thinking to provide organizational direction linked with sustainable resources and measurable outcomes
  • Maintain avenues of communication with members at all levels
  • Approve the annual budget and audit
  • Review financial statements on a regular basis
  • Review and approve programs and research proposals
  • Appraise and recommend Public Policy Priorities
  • Recommend and review AAUW Bylaws changes and resolution proposals
  • Seek and encourage qualified candidates for appointed positions, particularly members from underrepresented groups
  • Appoint members to AAUW standing committees
  • Contribute to planning and implementation of the annual meeting and biennial AAUW National Convention
  • Serve as a committee liaison
  • Serve as a liaison to state presidents
  • Attend state conventions or meetings
  • Serve, as requested, on working groups, task forces, or special committees
  • Participate in leadership training opportunities
  • Participate in the annual chief executive officer and board evaluation processes
  • Participate in the hiring of the chief executive officer, as needed
  • Demonstrate integrity with staff and other board members, speaking with one voice on decisions reached through majority vote or consensus
  • Maintain confidentiality of board deliberations and the executive session

Updated December 2016



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