State STEM Chair Position Description

The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) chair serves on an AAUW state board. The purpose of the role is to champion women’s representation in STEM by encouraging women and girls to pursue these educational and career fields. Chairs are expected to initiate and participate in local STEM events and be effective communicators for AAUW’s STEM research and programmatic efforts.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the State Board

  • Align strategic direction of AAUW affiliates in your state with each other and with AAUW national
  • Identify and connect branches with resources, opportunities, and training that will empower branches to meet their goals most effectively
  • Create and maintain structures that facilitate interbranch and branch-to-state communication and collaboration

Specific Responsibilities of the State STEM Chair

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Develop an action plan for STEM education outreach and events that includes specific, measureable goals
  • Ensure that STEM education outreach and events are included in the state or branch budget
  • Serve on local Tech Trek or Tech Savvy state or branch committees, if applicable
  • Volunteer at national AAUW Tech Trek, AAUW Tech Savvy, and AAUW branch STEM events that occur in your state
  • Attend local STEM conferences, distribute information about AAUW programs and research, network with local STEM-focused groups, and explore other opportunities to collaborate at the local level
  • Speak to community groups about AAUW research and STEM programs
  • Encourage branch and state organizations to promote local STEM events on national social media outlets by tagging and sharing with the AAUWFacebook page and Twitter feed
  • Bring successful STEM branch events to the attention of the AAUW national office via social media
  • Publicize AAUW STEM activities at your state convention
  • Familiarize yourself with AAUW STEM educational programs and materials and be prepared to discuss the benefits of STEM engagement with branch and state organizations and community members

Responsibilities to Branches in Your State

  • Establish a communication schedule with other STEM chairs in your state; regular contact will help support branch efforts and ensure that branch programs stay on track
  • Assist AAUW branches in implementing STEM events as a leader volunteer
  • Publicize successful STEM events via state and national social media

Responsibilities to AAUW

  • Notify AAUW national staff of STEM programs conducted at either the local or state level via social media
  • Speak to AAUW branches about AAUW programs and research, and encourage branches to promote local STEM events via AAUW national social media outlets

Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position

  • A good candidate will be skilled in planning and goal setting, program planning and development, communications, team building, coalition building, public speaking, thinking outside the box, and consensus building. Candidates should also have a passion for STEM education and equity for women and girls.

Time Commitment

Approximate time required for this position will differ with each state. Attendance at state board meetings and conventions is required. Attendance at the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.



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