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2. Elected Officers

2.1 Constitutional Terms.

The elective officers of the National Council shall be chosen from the membership according to a schedule and in a manner to be prescribed by the board of directors. They shall include a president, a president-elect, and a vice president. They shall assume office on July 1 following their election and shall hold their respective offices for the term of one year. (Constitution, Article II, Section 1)

2.2 President

2.2.1 Constitutional Responsibilities.

The president shall have general charge of the affairs of the National Council and by virtue of the office shall chair the board of directors. It shall be the obligation of the president to promote in all suitable ways the best interests of the National Council. (Constitution, Article II, Section 2)

2.2.2 Responsibilities for Leadership of the Board of Directors

2.2.2.1 Takes the initiative in setting the agenda for the board of directors meeting which is drawn up with the executive committee and with the steering committee chair.

2.2.3 Chairperson Responsibilities

2.2.3.1 Chairs the executive committee

2.2.3.2 Chairs the house of delegates

2.2.3.3 Chairs the personnel committee

2.2.3.4 Co-chairs the current program planning committee

2.2.3.5 Chairs the defense fund committee

2.2.3.6 Chairs the executive director evaluation which is conducted every two years.

2.2.4 Appointment Responsibilities

2.2.4.1 Fills vacancies on committees, some through consultation with the chairperson of the Steering Committee of the House of Delegates.

2.2.4.2 Appoints ad hoc committees and individuals to carry out specific tasks as they are needed.

2.2.5 Communication Responsibilities

2.2.5.1 Speaks for the council

2.2.5.2 Meets with presidents of affiliated and associated groups at the annual conference

2.2.5.3 Communicates regularly with all committee chairs

2.2.5.4 Communicates to the nominations committee an estimate of the contributions to council work of current committee members and others in positions of responsibility. The president may propose other persons for nomination.

2.2.5.5 Receives annual meeting committee reports and minutes from board of directors liaisons according to the specified timeline communicated to committee chairs by the president; shall communicate to the board items from committee reports requiring board action and recommend actions to the board for the spring meeting.

2.3 President-Elect

2.3.1 Constitutional Responsibilities

The president-elect shall assume such duties as the president or the board of directors shall specify. If a vacancy occurs in the office of president, the president-elect shall become president. (Constitution, Article II, Section 3)

2.3.2 Chairperson Responsibilities

2.3.2.1 Chairs the long range planning committee

2.3.2.2 Co-chairs the program planning committee one year ahead

2.3.2.3 Is a member of the documents review committee

2.3.2.4 Chairs the intergroup relations committee

2.3.3 Committee Responsibilities

2.3.3.1 Is a member of the executive committee

2.3.3.2 Is a member of the personnel committee

2.3.3.3 Is a member of the defense fund committee

2.3.4 Appointments Responsibilities.

Appoints new members of advisory and operations committees and designates board members as liaison members by June 1.

2.3.4.1 To facilitate appointments, a notice shall appear in the November/December issue of The Social Studies Professional, calling for volunteers for committees and requesting information about the individuals' interests and experiences relevant to the committees' tasks.

2.3.4.2 The president-elect shall appoint a vice-chair for each committee from the previous year's committee. Under ordinary circumstances, this person shall become the chair in the succeeding year. The appointment of a vice-chair not currently serving on the committee, or re-appointment of a committee chair or vice-chair may occur in circumstances deemed necessary or appropriate by the president-elect. Board liaisons to committees and current committee chairs shall be requested to recommend active members to serve as chairs.

2.3.4.3 In appointing committees the president-elect should attempt to obtain balance by location, gender, and race. The president-elect shall make every effort to insure the appointment of men and women from all levels of education, all ethnic groups, and all geographic areas (urban, rural, and suburban).

2.3.5 Arranges for orientation for new board members at the time of their first board meeting.

2.3.6 Communications Responsibilities

2.3.6.1 Communicates to the Nominations Committee his/her estimate of the contributions to council work of current committee members and others in positions of responsibility. He/she is to use his/her own judgment about proposing any other persons for nomination.

2.3.7 Other Responsibilities

2.3.7.1 Shall serve on ad hoc committees and execute additional tasks upon the appointment of the president.

2.4 Vice President

2.4.1 Constitutional Responsibilities

The vice president shall assume such duties as the president or board of directors shall specify. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the president-elect, the vice president shall become the president-elect. (Constitution, Article II, Section 3)

2.4.2 Chairperson Responsibilities

2.4.2.1 Chairs the Endorsements and Special Projects.

2.4.3 Committee Member Responsibilities

2.4.3.1 Is a member of the Executive Committee.

2.4.3.2 Is a voting ex officio member of the Publications Committee.

2.4.3.3 Is a member of the Personnel Committee.

2.4.3.5 Is a member of the Annual Conference Program Planning Committee .

2.4.2.6 Is chair of the Documents Review Committee

2.4.4 Communications and Other Responsibilities

2.4.4.1 Is the board liaison to the communities and the associated groups, and therefore corresponds with their chairs regularly, meets with their chairs at the annual conference, and reports to the board on all matters related to communities and associated groups. As liaison to associated groups, the vice president reminds each new chair or president which staff person to contact for questions, whom to contact for submitting possible news articles, that only the treasurer should submit bills to the office, and only the treasurer will receive the quarterly financial statements.

2.4.4.2 Shall receive House of Delegates Resolutions from NCSS headquarters for review; shall identify those requiring board action or attention and report those to the board at the winter meeting.

2.4.4.3 Shall serve on ad hoc committees and execute additional tasks upon appointment of the president.

2.4.5 Vice President as Parliamentarian.

The vice president shall act as parliamentarian to the NCSS Board Of Directors and the Executive Committee.

2.5 Past Presidents

2.5.1 Constitutional Responsibilities.

Each past president shall serve on the board of directors for one year immediately following his or her presidency. (Constitution, Article II, Section 6)

2.5.2 Committee Member Responsibility

2.5.2.1 Is a member of the program planning committee for the meeting to be held two years following his/her presidency.

2.5.2.2 Is a member of the Audit Committee (see 4.5.8)

2.5.2.3 Is a member of the endorsements and special projects committee.

2.5.2.4 Is a member of the executive committee.

2.5.2.5 Is chair of the nominations and elections committee.

2.5.2.6 Is a member of the Documents Review Committee

2.6 Guidelines for Service on Advisory Committees or Boards of Non-NCSS Projects or Organizations

2.6.1 If the name of NCSS is to appear on letterhead or to be used in any other fashion so as to imply NCSS endorsement, then prior approval of the project's content or the organization's statement of purpose or other relevant information must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee and subsequently reported to the board of directors.

2.6.2 The advisory committee or other body on which the NCSS representative is to serve must have active involvement in influencing policy of the project or organization.

2.7 Officer Release Time Compensation

2.7.1 The incoming president in consultation with the executive director will negotiate with his or her employer for up to 50% release time to perform duties of the office. If financially feasible, release time for the president-elect and vice president shall be negotiated for up to 40% and 20% respectively.
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