This document is meant to be a guide and may be tweaked to fit the needs of your particular alumni community.
As a member of the board’s executive leadership team, it is expected that the vice president would understand and be familiar with the IUAA strategic plan, the mission, priorities, values, and policies of the organization. In many communities, the vice president, explicitly or implicitly, is the president-elect.
Specific tasks and responsibilities:
This is not a comprehensive list. Other tasks and responsibilities may apply.
- Participates in meetings and/or conference calls; attends to phone or email communications; reads materials relevant to the organization’s efforts
- Acts as president when the president is absent
- Serves as a member of the executive leadership team
- Assists the president with his or her specific tasks and responsibilities
- Manages special areas of responsibility, such as chairing a sub-committee or leading a particular initiative (i.e.: membership, special events, board recruitment, etc.)
- Solicits input from the board members
This role requires approximately one to two hours of work weekly that is focused on the goals and priorities of your specific alumni community. The time may vary from month-to-month depending on the frequency of activities of the group and/or requests by the president.
Additional IUAA engagement opportunities
The IUAA offers additional opportunities for our alumni volunteer leaders to participate in training, provide feedback, and connect with other alumni volunteers. Time commitments vary from as little as a few minutes to as much as a two-day conference.
We host bimonthly webinars and an annual Alumni Leaders Conference every June. We offer periodic “open ears forums” soliciting feedback on certain topics. There is an Alumni Leader Facebook page that provides a forum for idea-sharing and moderated discussions among volunteer leaders. We expect our volunteer leaders to actively participate in as many of these opportunities as possible.
Some characteristics of a successful vice president
This is not a comprehensive list: