The Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight for the organization. Board members share a passion for AAUW’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The work of the board is challenging and invigorating as it deals with issues central to AAUW’s long-term success nationally and internationally. It makes major decisions, provides direction to the CEO, and exercises strategic leadership. The board is not involved in day-to-day management or operations of the organization. Board responsibilities include:
- Oversight of the organization’s mission and goals, approval of the strategic plan and oversight of its implementation;
- Approval and oversight of the budget and review of finances and investments;
- Oversight and annual evaluation of the chief executive officer (CEO);
- Approval of major organization-wide policies, partnerships, and collaborations, grants, and programs, as appropriate and in keeping with the delegation of authorities;
- Oversight of legal and compliance issues;
- Approval of governance matters including the appointment of committees, review of bylaw changes, public policy priorities and other proposals to be voted on by the membership.
Collectively, members of the board bring their intellect, diverse experiences, and creativity to bear to guide or lead AAUW as an organization to effect meaningful and sustainable impact in empowering women and girls. As a complex research, education, and advocacy organization in existence since 1881 and with more than 170,000 members and supporters engaged in advancing AAUW’s mission, the board also works to ensure the organization is responsive to members’ and supporters’ needs as AAUW evolves to meet new challenges and priorities.
AAUW seeks board candidates who understand and have a passion for AAUW’s mission and work, and who:
- Understand the fiduciary duties of directors and the governance function of a national nonprofit board;
- Have demonstrated leadership experience with nonprofit or for-profit organizations, particularly national or international in scope;
- Exhibit expertise in one or more specific areas, such as diversity, equity and inclusion; financial oversight and budget planning; professional or proven volunteer fundraising; non-profit governance; or oversight of complex organizations;
- Contribute financially to AAUW annually with a stretch gift based on individual capacity;
- Devote the time and energy required to participate fully in the work of the board.