Chapter President

The Role of Chapter President

The TU chapter president sustains the work of the chapter by providing governance, leadership and strategic direction. The president is expected to review and understand the organization’s bylaws, policies and procedures, financial and legal situation, and strategic plan. As the board ambassador, the president acts as a spokesperson to the larger community. By modeling appropriate behavior, the president sets high standards for board conduct and intervenes if conflicts arise. Anyone taking on this role should have demonstrated community leadership, feel comfortable delegating, have good group dynamic skills and have the ability to communicate well, listen and seek input from others. This simple checklist is intended to help new presidents understand the key functions of the role, but please keep in mind that every chapter is different so it’s critical to cater a comprehensive checklist to those realities. Specific responsibilities include:

When first taking over as chapter president:

  • Ensure the outgoing chapter president lists you as the president in the Leaders Only Tools section of tu.org.
  • Review the position description in advance of discussing your role with the board
  • Confer with the chapter president to ask for lessons learned.
  • Make sure the signatories on the chapter bank account are current.

Set the Vision, Culture and Expectations of the Board

  • Develop and/or implement the chapter’s strategic plan
  • With the Executive Committee, develop, approve and track a budget of chapter expenses and revenues each fiscal year.
  • Assist the nominating committee in recruiting board members and aid in new board orientations.
  • Appoint committee chairs and serve ex officio on committees.
  • Periodically consult with board members on their roles, help them assess their performance, and plan for leadership development and succession.
  • Mentor and train your chapter vice president. Consider delegating projects like organizing a leadership recruitment committee, leading the strategic planning process or other projects of interest to build and foster leadership with your support.
  • Lead by example and prepare an agenda for each month’s board meeting and distribute it out to the board well in advance of each meeting.
  • Review outcomes and metrics created by the chapter for evaluating progress against its strategic plan

Serve As the Face and Voice of the Chapter

  • Serve as the spokesperson for the chapter at public gatherings and hearings.
  • Develop and manage relationships and communicate with partners, the media and other stakeholders.
  • Represent the chapter on the state council, attending regular council meetings.

Manage and Delegate the Administration of the Chapter


EVENTS & TRAININGS

TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following in-person and online events:

In-Person Trainings:

2020 Annual Meeting
TBD Online Event Planned

2021 Northeast Regional Rendezvous
June 26-28 – Connecticut

 

Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at www.tu.org/training. Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

May 5 – Generating & Prospecting Leadership Leads (8PM)

May 7 – Keeping Conservation Going this Summer (8PM)

May 14 – Outreach to Military & First Responder Communities (8PM)

May 19 – Innovations Driven by COVID – Tactics & Technology (8PM)

June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)

CONTACT VOLUNTEER OPERATIONS

Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations


Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning