The President of NAEYC leads the board its policy-making and governance functions. The term consists of one year as President-elect—with the primary responsibility of learning the policies and procedures of the Association in preparation for the office of President, two years as President, and one year as Past President—to provide continuity in transition. Specific responsibilities and functions of the President and the associated qualifications include:
- Demonstrated ability and time to provide the vision and leadership required to guide the Board in positioning the Association for the future;
- Breadth of knowledge and experience to lead the Governing Board in making responsible, mission-driven decisions regarding the Association’s policies and allocation of resources to meet its goals and priorities;
- Ability to serve as advisor and counsel to the Executive Director – and confer with the Executive Committee – to implement policies and decisions authorized by the Board and in the planning of meeting agendas;
- Ability to preside at all Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings and the annual Business Meeting; strong interpersonal skills and understanding of NAEYC’s commitment to an open, participatory Board culture that welcomes diversity of perspectives and fosters knowledge-based, strategic thinking in building consensus and taking action;
- Ability to interpret NAEYC policies and activities and communicate these to members and nonmembers.
- Ability to provide leadership by appointing Committees of the Board and Panel members (in consultation with appropriate officers and staff and approval of the Board) and serving as an ex officio member of all Panels and Committees.
The Vice President must have the ability to assume the functions and responsibilities of the office of President in the absence or incapacity of the President through a broad understanding of NAEYC’s purpose, goals, priorities and activities. Additionally, the Vice President serves as the primary Board liaison to the Affiliate Council and sits on the Executive Council of the Affiliate Council. Qualifications therefore include extensive knowledge and working experience with the current NAEYC affiliate structure.
The Secretary works with staff to record proceedings of Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings and the Association’s annual Business Meeting, and to track action/discussion items from minutes for future meeting agendas. The Secretary also confirms, with the President, prepared minutes and present the minutes of the immediate past meeting for approval by the Governing Board. Qualifications include high level organization and communication skills, with the ability to synthesize and conceptualize in a variety of meeting environments.
The Treasurer works with staff in the review and analysis of NAEYC’s financial status and communicates financial data to the Governing Board. Additionally, the Treasurer chairs the Finance and Fund Development Committee. This committee prepares and presents recommendations to the President and Governing Board in the areas of fiscal policy and procedures. Qualifications include knowledge of fiscal policy, experience in analyzing large budgets, and the ability to effectively communicate financial information to the Board for its effective use in knowledge-based decision making.