Section 1.4

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

I. PRESIDENT

A. Scope of Position

As the chief elected officer of the Society, the President shall be primarily concerned with promoting the advancement of the Society and the safety profession, and representing the Society before members, other professional societies and governmental agencies.

B. Major Responsibilities

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the Society in fulfilling the Society’s purpose and in carrying out the Society’s Strategic Plan.
  • Serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, HOD and Membership meetings.
  • The President is the line management authority over the Executive Director.
  • Presides at Member, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, House of Delegates and other meetings called by the membership, the Board and the Executive Committee.
  • Oversees the functions of the President-Elect, Senior Vice President, Vice President of Finance, and the Executive Director.
  • Establish the salary for the position of Executive Director within the salary ranges set by the Executive Committee.
  • Represents the Society at other safety, health or environmental society meetings where appropriate.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of Society Councils and committees and task forces.  

C. Additional Responsibilities

The President and the Executive Director will mutually agree upon management objectives to be accomplished by the Executive Director. An on-going dialog between the President and the Executive Director will take place throughout the year and will include a review of the achievements of the Executive Directors objectives.
The President will prepare a written performance review for the Executive Director based upon achievement of objectives mutually agreed upon at the beginning of the fiscal year or as revised during the year. The written review will be provided to and discussed with the Executive Director no later than August 30th, and compensation will be established.

II. PRESIDENT ELECT

A. Major Responsibilities

The President-Elect supervises the Council Vice Presidents for Professional Affairs, Professional Development, and Practices and Standards, and also serves as Chair of the Congress of Councils. In this capacity, the President-Elect:

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Provides guidance, oversight and coordination of programs and projects of the Councils on Professional Affairs, Professional Development, Practices and Standards, and coordinates efforts between the Council on Member and Region Affairs and the other Councils.
  • Assists the President in the administrative functions of the Society and acts for the President when requested by the President or the Board of Directors.
  • The President-Elect serves a one-year term, preparing to move up to the position of President in the subsequent year. The President-Elect provides leadership through service as:
  • A member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Congress of Councils
  • A member of the House of Delegates
  • Chair and member of the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member of the Nominating Committee, and an ex-officio member of all Society Councils, committees and task forces

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the President
  • Chair, Congress of Councils
  • Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Nominations and Elections Committee
  • Ex-officio Member of all Society Councils, committees and task forces

III. SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

A. Major Responsibilities

The Senior Vice President provides leadership to members, Regions, Areas, Chapters and Sections and Chairs the Council on Member and Region Affairs. In this capacity the Senior Vice President, supervises the Regional Vice Presidents and directs the Council on Member and Region Affairs to ensure effective Chapter and Section operations .

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Lead the Council on Member and Region Affairs in carrying out its assigned responsibilities
  • Oversee the policies and operating procedures for Regions, Areas, Chapters and Sections, and the means to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Develop and enhance growth and retention of membership, including efficient and supportive member services.
  • Ensure effective governmental and intersociety affairs activities at the Region, Area and Chapter levels.
  • Resolve conflicts between Regions, Areas, Chapters and Sections.
  • Responsible for overall regional affairs
  • Oversee the functions of the Regional Vice Presidents.
  • Accept invitations to attend and participate in Regional Operating Committee meetings, Area Operating Committee meetings and chapter functions, per SOG 6.2.
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Council Vice Chair in overseeing policies operating procedures and responsibilities/outcomes of council committees.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the President
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Ex-officio member on council committees
  • Member, Congress of Councils

IV. VICE PRESIDENT - FINANCE

A. Major Responsibilities

The Vice President - Finance serves as Treasurer of the Society. The Vice President - Finance chairs the Finance Committee. In this capacity, the Vice President - Finance is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society and a member of the Executive Committee. Specific duties include:

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Recommends and oversees implementation of the Society’s financial policies, with the assistance of professional staff.
  • Recommends the annual budget to the Board of Directors, and provides oversight of adopted budgets and investments.
  • With the support of the Society’s financial staff, develops short and long range financial plans, and monitors their implementation.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with quarterly financial reports.
  • Provide the membership with an annual financial report as audited by the Society's independent accountants.
  • Appoints members of and supervises Finance Committee sub-committees and task forces.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the Society President
  • Member,  Executive Committee
  • Member,  Board of Directors
  • Treasurer of the Society
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Member,  House of Delegates
  • Member,  Congress of Councils

V. PAST PRESIDENT

A. Major Responsibilities

The most recent Past President who is available to serve shall:

  • Chair the Nominations and Elections Committee. In this capacity, the Past President has direct responsibility for candidates for offices constituting the Board of Directors and oversees Practice Specialty Administrator and Area Director elections.  

VI. REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

A. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

As Directors of the Society, Regional Vice Presidents shall:

  • Work to advance the safety profession.
  • Work to improve the member experience.
  • Work to grow membership.
  • Work to add value to membership in ASSE.

Regional Vice Presidents provide leadership, assistance and consultation to Area Directors and Chapter Presidents within their respective Region. Regional Vice Presidents chair the Regional Operating Committee (ROC) and supervise the functions of Chapter Presidents, Area Directors, Deputy Regional Vice Presidents, and Assistant Regional Vice Presidents.
Functions include:

  • Maintains ongoing communication with Area Directors, Chapter Presidents and Assistant Regional Vice Presidents.
  • Assures that expected levels of participation are achieved and that all activities, including documentation, are accomplished.
  • Attends meetings and conducts periodic visits, assuring that each chapter is visited every two years.
  • Evaluates Area Director and Chapter President performance and submit report to Senior Vice President.
  • Assures the collection of chapter annual reports including officers, financial, annual performance and IRS filing.
  • Oversees Region Governmental Affairs.
  • Administers the ROC Schedule and presides at Regional Operating Committee meetings, a minimum of two each year.
  • Conducts election of Deputy Regional Vice Presidents and appoints Assistant Regional Vice Presidents and other region, committee chairs as necessary
  • Review submissions of Chapter annual performance report and supports council recognition program requirements.
  • Ensures annual updating of the Region Strategic plan
  • Facilitates region participation in the Leadership Conference, PDC and the House of Delegates meeting.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the Senior Vice President
  • Member,  Council on Member and
  • Region Affairs
  • Member, Board of Directors.
  • Member,  House of Delegates
  • Chair of the Regional Operating Committee
  • Serves on Society or Council committees and task forces as appointed

VII. VICE PRESIDENT, COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS

A. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Leads, oversees and administers the Council On Professional Affairs. In this capacity, the Vice President, Council On Professional Affairs serves as chair of the Council on Professional Affairs and supervises the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee and other assigned committees and task forces. Responsibilities include:

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Visionary guidance and management in the development and implementation of programs to place the Society in a leadership position in the management of the Safety Profession, including but not limited to recognition of the Safety Professional and enhancement of the Safety Profession.
  • Effective direction in the development of professional, educational and academic standards.
  • Supervision of the process to set standards of professional practice and maintain the Society's Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Oversight of programs for the Fellow Honor, and other awards and honors.
  • Direction of programs to establish standards on competency for, and maintaining mechanisms to monitor and be proactive in issues of domestic and international practice.
  • Participates in cultivation of relationships with other professional societies and colleges or universities.
  • Ensures active involvement in governmental, legislative and regulatory affairs, with contacts and commentary to convey and bring attention to ASSE views and member interests.
  • Assures operation of a continuous program which promotes the recognition for and advancement of the Safety Profession, to the public, government, employees and others.
  • Appoints Council members with Board approval.
  • Appointment and supervision of Council committee and task force chairs and members.
  • Prepares and submits periodic reports of activities and accomplishments.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Elected by the ASSE membership
  • Reports to President-Elect
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member,  Congress of Councils
  • Member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Professional Conduct Committee
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee

C. Operational Procedures

Attends following meetings:

  • Board of Directors
  • House of Delegates
  • Council On Professional Affairs
  • Congress of Councils
  • Governmental Affairs as needed

VIII. VICE PRESIDENT, COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Leads, oversees and administers the Council On Professional Development. In this capacity the Vice President, Council On Professional Development serves as chair of the Council on Professional Development, and oversees the planning and execution of the Professional Development Conference and Exposition, continuing education programs, and publication of the professional journal and technical books. Responsibilities include:

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Leadership in the development and distribution of current, modern and effective methodology, media, products and services for the interchange and acquisition of professional knowledge.
  • Ensures development and operation of a continuous member needs assessment, with dissemination across Society units.
  • Supervises publication of Professional Safety Journal and technical publications.
  • Appointment and supervision of Council committee and tasks force chairs and members.
  • Prepares and submits periodic reports of activities and accomplishments.
  • Appoints Council members with Board approval.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Elected by the ASSE membership
  • Reports to President-Elect
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member,  Congress of Councils
  • Member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee

C. Operational Procedures

Attends the following meetings:

  • Board of Directors
  • Congress of Councils
  • House of Delegates
  • Council On Professional Development
  • Professional Development Conference Planning Committee as needed

IX. VICE PRESIDENT, COUNCIL ON PRACTICES AND STANDARDS

A. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Leads, oversees and administers the Council On Practices and Standards. In this capacity the Vice President, Council On Practices and Standards serves as the chair of the Council On Practices and Standards, supervises the Practice Specialty Administrators and oversees the operation of the Standards Development Committee.
In concert with the Council, responsibilities include:

  • Works to advance the safety profession.
  • Works to improve the member experience.
  • Works to grow membership.
  • Works to add value to membership in ASSE.
  • Leadership in the development and implementation of programs placing the Society in the lead in caring for the field of safety, including but not limited to: the safety body of knowledge, safety research, development of safety standards, and development of safety position statement.
  • Guides programs to define and identify safety professional practice specialties.
  • Plans and executes programs to establish knowledge/skill standards of practice, including unique professional development needs.
  • Appointment and supervision of Council committee and task force chairs and members.
  • Identifies technical information related to international practice.
  • Coordinate the Society's participation in standards making activity.
  • Serves as, or appoints representatives as liaison with Standards Development organizations and represents the Society on standards management boards (i.e. ANSI, NFPA).
  • Directs development of procedures and practices for standards implementation.
  • Ensures operation of programs for technical recognition of members.
  • Prepares and submits periodic reports of activities and accomplishments.

B. Organizational Relationships

  • Elected by the ASSE membership
  • Reports to President-Elect
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Member,  Congress of Councils
  • Member, House of Delegates
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Board liaison to ASSE Foundation

C. Operational Procedures

Attends following meetings:

  • Board of Directors
  • Congress of Councils
  • Council On Practices And Standards
  • House of Delegates
  • Practice Specialty meetings as needed
  • Standards Committees as needed
  • Standards Development Committee

Approved By/Date: Board of Directors 02/11/12

Replaces Edition Dated: Board of Directors 2/10/96 (Updated in accordance with Bylaws 9/00)

Next Revision Due: 02/15

 
 

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