AAUW Board Position Description

Board Vice Chair


AAUW’s mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.aauw.org.

Position Summary

The board vice chair is responsible for performing the duties of the board chair in all cases where the
board chair is unable to serve and assist in any matters as may be delegated by the board chair or the
board of directors. The vice chair will provide support to the board chair, board of directors, and AAUW
leadership as it implements the strategic plan, furthers the organization’s mission, and supports
meaningful and sustainable impact in empowering women and girls. There is no financial compensation
for service as vice chair, but reasonable expenses associated with service in this position are
reimbursable in accordance with AAUW’s Travel and Meals Policy.


  • 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 board chair is unable to serve
  • Assist the board chair in securing participation from the board and members in order to meet
    philanthropic goals
  • Participate in the development of AAUW’s strategic plan and the board’s oversight of its
  • Oversee board liaison to state president appointments and draft board talking points for state
    president calls
  • Assist the board chair in establishing special committees and task forces of the board as
  • Treat AAUW as a top philanthropic priority by making an annual stretch financial gift based on
    individual capacity
  • Help ensure 100% board member participation in meeting philanthropic goals by actively
    encouraging annual contributions commensurate with board members’ individual capacity
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward AAUW donors, and promote a culture of
    philanthropy to fellow board members
  • Assist in such matters as may be delegated by the board chair or the board of directors


  • Leadership experience with nonprofit or for-profit boards or volunteer organizations
  • Demonstrated leadership in organizational and management skills
  • Experience with development and implementation of organizational strategic plans
  • Understanding of financial accounting and best practices for nonprofit organizations
  • Understanding of board governance
  • Ability to organize/adjust time commitment to AAUW as needed to meet organizational needs

Information on board responsibilities, expectations of board members, and how and when to apply to
the board can be found at https://www.aauw.org/resource/national-state-and-branch-leadershippositions/.

AAUW acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and seeks a
diverse membership, workforce, leadership team and board of directors. AAUW affirms there shall be
no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race & ethnicity, age,
nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, geographical location, and socioeconomic status.

Updated March 2019


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