ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRESIDENT/CHAIR
The President/Chair is the Chief Executive Officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. As such, the President/Chair has certain responsibilities.
- Provide a good role model for League members, board members and staff.
- Be knowledgeable about League procedures and program.
- Take a lead role in fundraising and special events.
- Be available for interviews with the press.
- Encourage leadership development among other board members; enable individual growth and learning.
- Promote and foster team building and a positive working relationship between board and staff.
- Support, reward and acknowledge board members.
- Support, reward and acknowledge staff members.
- Provide a constructive transition for successor.
WORK OF THE BOARDS
- Understand clearly the roles, responsibilities and duties of a board.
- Demonstrate good leadership skills.
- Delegate effectively; support board leadership teams.
- Appoint committees, task forces, and special event leadership at appropriate times.
- Chair board meetings, executive committee meetings, the board retreat, and Convention and Council.
- Come to meetings prepared and manage agendas within the allotted time frames.
- Practice good facilitation skills; share power and decision-making appropriately, handle conflict, and make sure all views are heard.
- Establish board and executive committee agendas with input from board members and Executive Director.
- Serve ex officio on all board committees except the nominating committee.
RELATIONSHIP WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- Act as a partner in carrying out the mission and vision of the organizations.
- Strive for a positive working relationship with the Executive Director, share expectations, make yearly work plan, understand roles and responsibilities of each position.
- Ensure that the annual appraisal process of the Executive Director is conducted by the boards.
REPRESENTING THE ORGANIZATION
- Serve as the chief spokesperson.
- Communicate mission and organizational philosophy well; be visible at appropriate functions (or delegate responsibility).
- Meet with media.
- Network with government officials and other organizations.
- Visit Leagues.
TRAINING AND ORIENTATION
- Provide for one-time and ongoing orientation of new board members.
- Encourage on-going training opportunities for board members individually and for the boards as a whole.
Policy US-EF 94-02
Revised February 2004 Adopted January 1994