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Governance: Board of Directors Position Descriptions

Purpose

Outlined below are the primary responsibilities of the elective officers and members of the Lamaze International Board of Directors.

President

As the elective head of Lamaze International, the President shall:

  • Preside at all meetings of the members of Lamaze International, of the Board of Directors, and of the Executive Committee.
  • Be an ex-officio, non-voting member of all committees, except she or he shall be a voting member on the Executive Committee.
  • Oversee governance of Lamaze International and ensure the programs and activities advance the organization’s mission, vision and strategic plan. Appoint committee chairs, members of council governing bodies, Ad Hoc committees, and Regional Leaders/State-Area Coordinators.
  • Support and communicate regularly with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Prepare agendas for all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and membership in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Represent the organization to other organizations, the media, and the public-at-large.
  • Prepare quarterly "President’s Message" for the membership newsletter.
  • Prepare the next President for the responsibilities of the presidency.
  • Review mail, communications, reports, and proposals of the staff.
  • Assume such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.

President-Elect

The President-Elect shall:

  • Perform such duties as may be delegated by the President or the Board of Directors.
  • Perform all the duties of President in the absence of the President or in the event of the President’s inability to serve, and shall succeed to the presidency when a vacancy occurs.
  • Be familiar with the responsibilities of the President, the activities and positions of the organization, and functioning of the executive office.
  • Serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Represent the organization at the request of the President.
  • Chair and serve on committees as appointed.

Past-President

The Past-President shall:

  • Perform such duties as may be delegated by the President or the Board of Directors.
  • Serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Advise the President as appropriate on board governance matters.
  • Represent the organization at the request of the President.
  • Chair or serve on committees as appointed.

Secretary/Treasurer

The Secretary/Treasurer shall:

  • Oversee the funds and records of Lamaze International, subject to the control of the Board of Directors;
  • Give notice and attend all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors, keep a record of all such proceedings, and attest documents.
  • Shall have the care and custody of all of the funds and securities of Lamaze International, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, and shall cause accounts to be kept of all receipts and disbursements, an annual budget to be prepared and approved by the Board of Director, an annual financial statement, which shall be certified by a public accountant, to be published for review by members.
  • Serve as chairperson of the Finance Committee.
  • Serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Prepare the next Treasurer to carry out their responsibilities.
  • Represent the organization at the request of the President.
  • Chair or serve on committees as appointed.
  • Perform such other duties as are usual for such official or as may be duly assigned by the Board of Directors. Such duties of the Secretary/Treasurer as may be specified by the Board of Directors may be delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.

Directors

Members of the Board of Directors assist elective officers in overseeing the health and direction of the organization.

Directors shall:

  • Attend Board of Director meetings and participate in conference calls.
  • Attend any annual business meeting of the organization.
  • Participate actively in organizational strategic planning.
  • Vote on organizational policy and program issues.
  • Serve as a resource of knowledge and counsel to the Chief Executive Officer, committees, and other board members.
  • Assist in locating and developing funding sources for the organization.
  • Review and respond to all action and information requests from the Executive office.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and committee chairs.
  • Represent the organization at the request of the President.
  • Chair and serve on committees as appointed.

Approved: November 1995
Revised: September 2005