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Governance: Role Descriptions

Role Descriptions

Board of Directors
Board Liaisons to Committees and Councils
Executive Committee
President
Finance Committee
Search Committee
Accreditation Council Governing Body
Education Council Governing Body
Certification Council Governing Body
Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth
Conference Committee
Membership Committee
Approved Provider Unit (ANCC)
International Development Task Force
Journal of Perinatal Education Editorial Board
Executive Director and Staff

Role Description: Board of Directors

Makes Decisions/Approves

  1. Strategic plan and vision statement
  2. Annual budget
  3. Executive director/management
  4. Board policies
  5. Date and location of Lamaze International annual conferences
  6. Membership categories and dues
  7. New or retiring programs or services, including fundraising initiatives and activities
  8. Trademark and licensing activities
  9. General Counsel
  10. Auditor
  11. Investment manager
  12. Sets policy on transfers from operating to investment fund, and from short term to long term investment fund
  13. Definition of relationship with strategic alliances and endorsements
  14. Committee/task force establishment
  15. Appoints Emeritus Director(s)

Makes Recommendations

  1. Bylaws (Membership)
  2. Mission and philosophy of birth (Membership)

Provides Input

  1. Policies related to Accreditation, Education and Certification Councils

Monitors

  1. Financial performance and trends
  2. Status of strategic plan
  3. Member, industry needs
  4. Lamaze programs and services 
  5. Association industry trends
  6. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends
  7. Relationships with regional, state, and local maternal/child health associations
  8. Performance of all contracted services (i.e. management, legal)
  9. Performance of Board members 
  10. Performance of Executive Director
  11. Performance of General Counsel

Role Description: Board Liaison to Committees and Councils

The Lamaze Board of Directors, in carrying out its policy and program responsibilities effectively, must maintain strong and active interaction and communication with committees and other groups within the organization. Board liaisons are assigned to facilitate this commitment.

Makes Decisions/Approves

N/A

Makes Recommendations

  1. On behalf of committees/council (Board)

Provides Input

  1. Committee/council activities, budget, work plans and reports
  2. Advise, support issue resolution to advance success

Monitors

  1. Committee/council relations with the Board
  2. Progress on strategic priorities
  3. Future volunteer leadership potential

Role Description: Executive Committee

The Bylaws of Lamaze International authorizes the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board of Directors is not in session.  The Executive Committee usually is restricted in its scope to act only to the extent that it knows how the Board of Directors would act on any given topic.  If the Executive Committee does not know how the Board would act or if it is unsure, then the matter under consideration would be deferred to the Board of Directors. In unusual cases, usually due to the time constraints, the Executive Committee may act on a matter when the Board’s position is not clear.

Makes Decisions/Approves

  1. Annual awards selection with input on nominations from the Membership, Board and Conference Committee
  2. Whistleblower Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy compliance

Makes Recommendations

  1. Annual Budget/Plan of Work (Board of Directors)
  2. Management company and General Counsel contracts (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Counsel to Executive Director on management of association
  2. Alliances with other organizations

Monitors

  1. Board of Director’s positions on issues
  2. Execution of Annual Budget/Plan of Work
  3. Execution of Strategic Plan
  4. Performance of Executive Director
  5. Performance of General Counsel

Role Description: President

Makes Decisions

  1. Appoints council/committee chairs in collaboration with the Executive Committee and the Executive Director
  2. Acts as a spokesperson for the organization consistent with established positions and policies of the organization
  3. Other decisions as authorized by the board with input from the Executive Director

Makes Recommendations

  1. Annual Budget/Plan of work (Board of Directors)
  2. Management company and General Counsel contracts (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Counsel to Executive Director
  2. Alliances with other organizations

Monitors

  1. Board of Director’s positions on issues
  2. Execution of Annual Budget/Plan of Work
  3. Execution of Strategic Plan
  4. Committees and task forces  work in line with the strategic plan
  5. Performance of Executive Director
  6. Performance of General Counsel

Role Description: Finance Committee

Makes Decisions

N/A

Makes Recommendations

  1. Annual budget, including management fees and staff time budgets (Board of Directors)
  2. Budget amendments (Board of Directors)
  3. Selection of financial audit firm (Board of Directors)
  4. Financial policies including investment policy (Board of Directors)
  5. Investment manager selection (Board of Directors)
  6. Transfers from the operating to the investment fund in accordance with policy guidance (Board of Directors)
  7. Transfers from the short term to the long term investment fund in accordance with policy guidance (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Financial management and reporting
  2. Investment strategies, objectives and policy
  3. Financial benchmarks

Monitors

  1. Monthly financial performance and reports
  2. Association income and expense benchmarks
  3. Investment performance
  4. Investment instruments and strategies
  5. US and global economic and market activity

Role Description: Search Committee

Makes Decisions

  1. Candidates qualified to run for elected positions

Makes Recommendations

  1. Search process and policy (Board of Directors)
  2. Slate of qualified candidates for the Board of Directors slate (Board of Directors)
  3. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, prepares a slate of candidates for elected positions (Members)
  4. Candidates for other key council/committee chair positions (President)

Provides Input

  1. Selection of Candidates

Monitors

  1. Skills and leadership qualities required for board service
  2. Leadership potential of Lamaze members
  3. Volunteer utilization and support needs for committee/council work

Role Description: Accreditation Council Governing Body

Makes Decisions

  1. For accreditation of Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program set standards, guidelines, policy and program activities, consistent with policies, budgetary and fiscal considerations established by the Board of Directors, and the philosophy, mission and goals of Lamaze International
  2. Council chair makes governing body/committee chair appointments
  3. Conduct of Accreditation Council meetings

Makes Recommendations

  1. Accreditation program budget (Board)
  2. Selection and evaluation of the Council’s chief staff position (Executive Director)

Provides Input

  1. Policies related to board, education and certification matters
  2. Strategic plan
  3. New or retiring program or service initiatives
  4. Product and service marketing, pricing
  5. Accreditation program administration
  6. ANCC Approved Provider Unit  
  7. International Development Task Force

Monitors

  1. Program Directors and Trainers communications
  2. Education and Accreditation Council communications
  3. Perinatal education trends both consumer and professional

Role Description: Education Council Governing Body

Makes Decisions

  1. Standards, guidelines, policy and program activities for providing high quality, evidence-based training and continuing education for aspiring and current Lamaze certified educators, health care professionals and parent education, consistent with policies, budgetary and fiscal considerations established by the Board of Directors, and the philosophy, mission and goals of Lamaze International
  2. Council chair makes governing body/committee chair appointments
  3. Conduct of Education Council meetings

Makes Recommendations

  1. Education program budget (Board)
  2. Selection and evaluation of the Council’s chief staff position (Executive Director)

Provides Input

  1. Policies related to board, accreditation and certification matters
  2. Strategic plan
  3. New or retiring program or service initiatives
  4. Product and service marketing, pricing
  5. Education program administration
  6. ANCC Approved Provider Unit
  7. International Development Task Force

Monitors

  1. Program Directors and Trainers communications
  2. Accreditation and Certification Council communications
  3. Perinatal education trends both consumer and professional

Role Description: Certification Council Governing Body

Makes Decisions

  1. Standards, guidelines, and policy for the certification of Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators; all policy decisions relating to certification matters are the sole decision of the Council and not subject to approval by any other body.
  2. Certification examination development, administration and fees
  3. Candidate eligibility and cut-off scores
  4. Dissemination of certification information to candidates and LCCE educators
  5. Contractual arrangements for exam administration
  6. Appeals based on due process
  7. Council chair makes governing body/committee chair appointments
  8. Conduct of Certification Council meetings

Makes Recommendations

  1. Certification budget (Board)
  2. Selection and evaluation of the Council’s chief staff position (Executive Director)

Provides Input

  1. Policies related to board, accreditation and education matters
  2. Strategic plan
  3. ANCC Approved Provider Unit
  4. New or retiring program or service initiatives
  5. Product and service marketing, pricing
  6. Exam administration

Monitors

  1. Program Directors and Trainers communications
  2. Accreditation and Education Council communications
  3. Exam Development Committee
  4. Recertification
  5. Certification Research
  6. Perinatal education and certification trends

Role Description: Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth

Makes Decisions

  1. Collaboration, research and advocacy activities within approved public awareness and social marketing plans

Makes Recommendations

  1. Public awareness and social marketing initiatives and related budget (Board of Directors)
  2. Lamaze Institute for Safe and Healthy Birth policies (Board of Directors)
  3. Content and delivery of consumer education programs (Education Council)

Provides Input

  1. Research and evidenced-based information to be published via Lamaze publications and communications
  2. Collaborative efforts with sister organizations
  3. Opportunities for cross linkage with other Lamaze publications/communications
  4. Media opportunities for dissemination of information related to safe and healthy birth  
  5. Appointment of blog editors (President)

Monitors

  1. Lamaze media and social media initiatives
  2. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends
  3. Research pertinent to the field of childbirth and perinatal education

Role Description: Conference Committee

Makes Decisions

  1. Annual Conference educational content and speakers
  2. Annual Conference theme and objectives 

Makes Recommendations

  1. Dates and locations for Annual Conference (Board of Directors)
  2. Conference related policies (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Conference schedule and events
  2. Conference abstract management process
  3. Conference design and promotion plan
  4. Conference exhibitor product promotion/sponsorship plans
  5. Conference registration pricing
  6. Conference evaluations
  7. Awards nominations

Monitors

  1. Association trends
  2. Conference and exhibit trends
  3. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends

Role Description: Membership Committee

Makes Decisions

  1. Membership outreach efforts
  2. Membership survey content

Makes Recommendations

  1. Membership benefits/programs and related budget (Board of Directors)
  2. Membership policies (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Development of new products and services
  2. Dues and membership categories/requirements
  3. Membership recruitment and retention programs
  4. Web site developments and features
  5. Member/non-member pricing of products and services

Monitors

  1. Membership satisfaction
  2. Membership reports and trends
  3. Needs of membership
  4. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends

Role Description: ANCC Approved Provider Unit

Makes Decisions

  1. Approved provider application process to maintain status as a provider of nursing contact hours through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the California Bureau of Registered Nursing (CBRN) and other providerships, such as with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs)
  2. Contact hours awarded to Lamaze professional education and continuing education programs for Lamaze, nursing and IBLCE contact hours (i.e. conference, workshops, Webinars, home studies, etc.)
  3. Contact hour application review for continuing education credit from organizations seeking contact hour approval from Lamaze International (i.e. Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Programs and other organizations)
  4. Ensures educational marketing materials are in compliance with ANCC criteria

Makes Recommendations

  1. Related to maintaining continuing education program accreditation standards (ANCC, CBRN, IBCLE) and associated budget (Education Council)
  2. Continuing education accreditation policies (Education Council)

Provides Input

  1. Lamaze-sponsored continuing education programs to be approved by other appropriate organizations to expand the reach of these offerings
  2. Continuing education program development

Monitors

  1. Approved provider status deadlines and application processes
  2. Lamaze continuing education program evaluations
  3. Trends in continuing education and accreditation
  4. Trends in curriculum development and adult learning

Role Description: International Development Task Force

Makes Decisions

  1. International mini-grant/ scholarship award recipients, as supported with budget funds from year to year

Makes Recommendations

  1. Strategies to promote international development (Board of Directors)

Provides Input

  1. Accreditation, education and certification programs and policies related to international development 

Monitors

  1. Growth of international LCCE educators
  2. International education and certification trends

Role Description: Journal of Perinatal Education Editor-in-Chief

Makes Decisions

  1. Editorial content consistent with the vision of the Journal, adopted by the Board of Directors
  2. Manuscript acceptance, reviews and revisions
  3. Appoints associate editor(s) and columnists

Makes Recommendations

  1. Journal editorial policy (Board of Directors)
  2. Journal editor appointment (President with Board consultation)
  3. Continuing education content (ANCC Approved Provider Unit)

Provides Input

  1. Editorial issues and review of manuscripts as requested
  2. Quality and effectiveness of the Journal to maintain it as a quality reference source
  3. Design and promotion plan for the Journal
  4. Journal pricing
  5. Journal publisher

Monitors

  1. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends
  2. Research pertinent to the field of childbirth and perinatal education
  3. Peer-reviewed journal publishing trends

Role Description: Executive Director

Makes Decisions

  1. Management and operations
  2. Employs, directs, evaluates staff and independent contractors
  3. Whistleblower Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy compliance management
  4. Other decisions as authorized by the Board of Directors and in accordance with policy guidance

Makes Recommendations

  1. Agendas for board and council meetings (in collaboration with President and Council Chairs)
  2. Task force and project advisory teams with specific charge and timeframe (Board of Directors)
  3. Legal council and auditors (Board of Directors)
  4. Membership structures and dues (Board of Directors)
  5. Annual budget, including pricing (Board of Directors)
  6. Financial impact of proposed initiatives (Board/Council)
  7. Trademark and licensing activities (Board of Directors)
  8. Dates and locations for Annual Conference following recommendation of Conference Committee (Board of Directors)
  9. Other recommendations as requested by the Board of Directors

Provides Input

  1. Policies
  2. Strategic plan and budget/annual plan of work
  3. Committee/task force formations and members
  4. Volunteer recruitment, training, performance, evaluation and recognition

Monitors

  1. Financial performance and trends
  2. Status of strategic plan
  3. Alignment of council/committee work with strategic plan
  4. Member needs and association trends
  5. Maternal/child health and perinatal education industry trends
  6. Conference and exhibit trends
  7. Products, programs and services

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