Term of Service: One-year term prior to Presidency

Appointment: Elected position

Board Status: Voting member

Major Function or Purpose of the Position: The President-Elect represents NSELA at the direction of the President, promotes NSELA, and provides continuity to the NSELA Executive Committee and the NSELA Board. S/he advises the President and assists in matters aligned with personal areas of expertise.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Executive Board Duties
    1. Serve as a voting member
    2. Review information requiring Board approval
    3. Prepare articles for the association newsletter
    4. Other duties as assigned by the President
  3. Executive Committee Duties
    1. Work with the President and Retiring President to review the annual budget
    2. Serve as cosignatory on bank accounts with the President, Treasurer, and Executive Director
    3. Assume the presidency at the annual business meeting at the end of the term as President-Elect
    4. Assume the presidency if the President is unable to complete his/her term of office
    5. Participate in monthly Executive Committee (Officers) teleconference.
    6. Maintain communication among the Presidents
  4. Other Required Job-Specific Duties
    1. Represent the NSELA President at Area Conferences and other events as directed by the President
    2. Serve or appoint annually a member of NSELA to serve on the NSTA Committee on Professional Development
    3. Appoint committee chairpersons as aligned with committee cycling, prior to taking office at the National Conference
    4. Work with the President to notify all candidates of election results prior to the Annual Membership Meeting
    5. Participate in the selection of NSELA program presentations for the NSTA area and national conferences

Term of Service: One-year term prior to Retiring Presidency

Appointment: Elected position

Board Status: Non-voting member, unless needed as a tie-breaker

Major Function or Purpose of the Position: The President serves as the leader of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In this capacity, s/he is the primary "face" of the organization, facilitator of Board decisions, and liaison to government, education and business organizations.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Oversee the work of the Board of Directors
    2. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    3. Submit reports as required of all board members
    4. Facilitate monthly conference calls
    5. Notify the President-Elect if unable to fulfill these duties so that s/he may assume them
  2. Executive Board Duties
    1. Chair the Executive Board
    2. Facilitate all Board communications
    3. Review information requiring Board approval
    4. Supervise the publication of the Newsletter and prepare articles
    5. Other duties as they arise in the course of the organization's work
  3. Executive Committee Duties
    1. Work with the President-Elect and Retiring President to review the annual budget
    2. Serve as cosignatory on bank accounts with the President-Elect, Treasurer, and Executive Director
    3. Monitor, with the Treasurer, Association revenues and expenses
    4. Participate in monthly Executive Committee (Officers) teleconferences
    5. Maintain communication among the Presidents Chain
    6. Pass on the presidency at the annual business meeting
  4. Other Required Job-Specific Duties
    1. Act as the Association spokesperson in response to science leadership inquiries from the federal, state, and local governmental agencies, the media, and other interested parties
    2. Represent or appoint a representative of the Board to meet all responsibilities of the position
    3. Set the agenda for annual business and membership meetings
    4. Serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee
    5. Serve as an ex-officio member of all other NSELA committees
    6. Appoint Board members as required when unexpired terms arise
    7. Attend or designate someone to attend events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Association such as area conferences, regional workshops, national conferences, and judging of competitions
    8. Work with the President-Elect to notify all candidates of election results prior to the Annual Membership Meeting

Term of Service: One-year term after the Presidency

Appointment: Elected position

Board Status: Voting member

Major Function or Purpose of the Position: The Retiring President provides experienced leadership to NSELA, represents NSELA at the direction of the President, and promotes NSELA. S/he advises the President, President Elect, and Executive Director on policy matters and provides continuity for the organization.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Executive Board Duties
    1. Serve as a voting member
    2. Review information requiring Board approval
    3. Prepare articles for the association newsletter
    4. Other duties as assigned by the President
  3. Executive Committee Duties
    1. Work with the President and President-Elect to review the annual budget
    2. Participate in monthly Executive Committee (Officers) teleconference.
    3. Maintain communication among the Presidents
  4. Other Required Job-Specific Duties
    1. Serve as the President's designee on the NSTA Alliance of Affiliates (AoA) if the term as Retiring President coincides with the end of the previous representative's three-year term on AoA
    2. Serve as a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee
    3. Represent the NSELA President at Area Conferences and other events as directed by the President
    4. Participate in the selection of NSELA program presentations for the NSTA area and national conferences

Term of Service: Three-year cycle

Appointment: Elected position

Board Status: Voting Member

Major Function or Purpose of the Job: The main function of the Secretary is to record the proceedings of the organization, both face to face and via electronic means of communication, maintain these records for the duration of the term of office, and facilitate the transition of records to the successor.

Job Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1.  Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors.
    2.  Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls. Contact President if unable to record conference call minutes.
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Executive Board Duties
    1. Serve as a voting member
    2. Review information requiring Board approval
    3. Prepare minutes summary for inclusion in the Navigator in the issue following meeting.
    4. Other duties as assigned by the President
  3. Executive Committee Duties
    1. Read and respond in timely manner to all board communication
    2. Prepare documents as needed by the Presidential chain or the Executive Board
    3. Review proposals, organizational documents, or other materials as needed by the Presidential chain
    4. Conduct duties as outlined in the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of NSELA
    5. Maintain a copy of all approved minutes
    6. Assist the President in preparing documents for the Executive Board Meeting held during the NSTA Annual Convention if needed.
  4. Job-Specific Duties
    1. Participate in NSELA Spring Board Meeting, record and distribute minutes from annual Spring Board Meeting for comment, within 30 days of the meeting. Distribute corrected minutes along with the Spring Motion Matrix to the board within 60 days of the meeting
    2. Prepare and deliver a report to the membership at NSELA's Annual Spring Business Meeting in conjunction with NSTA's National Conference.
    3. Take minutes at annual membership business meeting.
    4. Participate in NSELA Fall Board Meeting, record and distribute minutes from Fall Board Meeting for comment, within 30 days of the meeting. Distribute corrected minutes along with the Fall Motion Matrix to the board within 60 days of the meeting.
    5. Attend monthly officer calls as scheduled.
    6. Record and distribute minutes from monthly conference calls. Add any motions made during conference calls to the Motion Matrix in place at the time. (Fall or Spring)
    7. Record and distribute minutes and motion matrix from special sessions e.g. work days, strategic planning sessions, or other organizational meetings.
Term of Service: Indefinite

Appointment: Elected position

Board Status: Voting member

Major Function or Purpose of the Position: The treasurer must have in-depth knowledge of the mission and programs of the organization as well as its financial condition, and knowledge of financial accounting for non-profit organizations. The treasurer bears special responsibility for working with the Finance Committee to ensure that the organization is financially sound and that its assets are being used effectively to meet its tax-exempt purpose. The treasurer is the chief financial officer of the organization and must inform the board as to its fiduciary responsibilities.

Job Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Executive Board Duties
    1. Serve as a voting member
    2. Review information requiring Board approval
    3. Other duties as assigned by the President
  3. Executive Committee Duties
    1. Work with the President, President-Elect and Retiring President to review the annual budget
    2. Serve as cosignatory on bank accounts with the President, President-Elect, and Office Manager
    3. Participate in monthly Executive Committee (Officers) teleconference.
  4.  Job-Specific Duties
    1. Chair the Finance Committee
    2. Establish a communication plan among the finance committee, the executive committee, the office manager, the PD coordinator, and the Board of Directors.
    3. Provide necessary training and guidance for the Board of Directors to increase their knowledge of the financial processes in the organization and the fiduciary responsibility of individual board members
    4. Present financial reports to the Board of Directors and the general membership
      1. Annual summary presentation to the Board of Directors on the financial health of the organization
      2. Budget summary presentation for the previous fiscal year at the annual spring meeting
      3. Submit the proposed budget for the following fiscal year at the annual fall meeting
    5. Reconcile grant budgets with the overall NSELA budget
    6. Prepare and maintain budgets for the PDI and SLI
    7. Manage bank checking account and money market account
      1. Record monthly deposit/expense updates
      2. Contribute financial updates on monthly conference calls as requested
    8. File taxes in a timely manner

Elected or appointed & length: 
Elected position, three-year term

Major function or purpose of office:
Represents science leaders of a region at the NSELA Executive Board Meetings.
Serves on NSELA’s Board as a representative of science leaders from one of NSELA’s six regions.


Other Duties:

1.    Executive Committee

  • Serves as voting member
  • Carefully reviews information requiring Board approval, including the budget
  • Attends fall and spring meetings
  • Participates in monthly teleconference meetings
  • Submits reports of activity to the President and Executive Board
  • Other duties as assigned by the President


2.    Communication to the region from NSELA and from the region to NSELA

  • Prepares articles about regional activities, awards and affiliates for the association newsletter
  • Maintains a current contact list for the region on the NSELA website
  • Communicates with local supervisors, state science supervisors, science teacher associations, NSTA District Directors, and affiliates in their region


3.   Communication within the region director group

  • Utilize and update the Region Director toolkit
  • Maintain contact with NSELA mentors or mentee


4.  Recruitment

  • Assist the membership committee chairperson by recruiting and retaining potential members for the Association
  • As part of the Election committee, make recommendations for elected officers

 

Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The main function of the Membership Committee is to maintain and grow the membership of the organization. The committee actively seeks ideas for retaining current members and increasing membership numbers within the organization. The Chairperson organizes efforts toward this end and also works with committee members to ensure that membership records are current and accessible to the Executive Board and Regional Directors. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2.  Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter in order to promote and maintain organization membership
  3. Specific Membership Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Solicit ideas and suggestions for the purpose of increasing membership and providing more and better services to NSELA members
    2. Ensure the continuity of membership in the organization through the performance of tasks related to the maintenance and growth of the membership
      1. Maintain and update the organization's membership records
      2. Submit membership budget and records to the Executive Board and Regional Directors on a regular basis
      3. Work to recruit new members by personal contact or by utilizing state lists, professional journals, and other science publications
      4. Work with the Public Relations chair and the Office Manager to disseminate membership materials to potential new members
      5. Work with the Webmaster to disseminate membership information on the NSELA website

Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The main function of the Nominations and Elections Committee is to work to ensure there is a full slate of qualified nominees for each year's election. The chairperson organizes efforts toward this end. The Nominations and Elections committee consists of the Chairperson, one Regional Director, the Retiring President, and two NSELA members who are not serving on the NSELA board.  

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Work with President-Elect to replace committee chair as 3-year appointment ends
    2. Maintain regular communication with the Board.
    3. Ensure that the ballot is organized and submitted to the Webmaster in a timely manner
    4. Maintain records of nominees for the ballot, successful candidates, and voting percentages
    5.  Write an article for each edition of the Navigator newsletter to announce offices open for election, to encourage nominations, and to acknowledge incoming and outgoing officers and directors
  3. Specific Nominations and Elections Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Notify the board and membership of the positions open each year
    2. Perform tasks that ensure the leadership related to the Officers and Regional Directors in the organization
      1. Work to recruit nominees for the ballot by personal contact, working with the board, contacting individuals in other organizations, and by submitting articles soliciting nominations in the newsletter and on the website
      2. Work with the Webmaster to disseminate Nominations and Elections information as needed on the NSELA website
Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The function of the Informal Science Committee is to strengthen and support the link between informal science learning institutions and schools. The chairperson identifies and facilitates opportunities for science education leaders to collaborate with and learn from informal science learning programs through NSELA. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4.  Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter related to informal science learning opportunities and issues
  3. Specific Informal Science Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Provide the Board with information about informal science opportunities that would benefit the overall membership
    2. Facilitate connections and collaborations between informal science education institutions and NSELA members
    3. Encourage diverse approaches to professional development within the organization that are not traditionally utilized by school leaders and educators
Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Position: The safety compliance officer provides assistance/support for the organization's Board of Directors and the NSELA membership relative to safety in the science classroom/laboratory/field. He/she helps the organization stay current with regard to legal standards and professional best practice. This includes but is not limited to assistance in writing safety position papers, safety columns for the newsletter, safety review of programs by presenters at NSELA leadership conferences, review of NSELA photos for publications relative to safety, etc.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend annual meetings of the Board of Directors (annual meeting only save special request by President for other Board of Directors meetings)
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls, when needed as requested by the President.
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Specific Safety Compliance Officer Tasks
    1. Assist the Board with writing safety position papers
    2. Submit safety columns to the Navigator newsletter
    3. Perform safety reviews for programs presented at NSELA leadership events
    4. Review photos and publication materials for safety and legal concerns
    5. Advise the Board of Directors on other matters related to safety as they arise
Term of Service: Suggestion: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The major function of the Public Relations Committee is to promote favorable relationships that support the growth and visibility of the organization. This includes identifying potential sponsors, facilitating communication with existing sponsors, and working with the Webmaster and publications positions to generate positive and relevant information about the organization for distribution to current and potential members of the organization. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter in order to promote positive perceptions of NSELA and highlight the accomplishments of the organization
  3. Specific Public Relations Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Generate publicity brochures, announcements, and/or flyers that promote the organization and can be distributed to current, new, and potential members
    2. Seek out avenues for distribution of publicity information about the organization beyond the website (list-serves, other organizations, state and national networks, etc.)
    3. Create and disseminate press releases related to core NSELA professional development activities and election results
    4. Identify sponsors and sponsorships for the organization and professional development activities. Facilitate communication between potential and existing sponsors, the Board of Directors, and the Professional Development Coordinator
Term of Service: Three Year - Renewable

Appointment: Appointed

Board Status: Non-voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of the Navigator Editor: The Navigator Editor is responsible for producing the newsletter for NSELA. The editor is responsible for soliciting articles for the newsletter from the membership or other relevant sources and organizing them into a coherent and readable document for publication on the NSELA website.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit quarterly reports to the Executive Board
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Specific Newsletter Editor Duties
    1. Produce the Navigator newsletter a minimum of three times annually
      1. Stay informed of events and developments in the organization in order to create and/or solicit relevant news stories. Make arrangements to obtain photographs from major NSELA events.
      2. Solicit articles from the Board, general membership, or outside sources via email or other communication tools
      3. Establish deadlines and send multiple reminders to Board members and others submitting articles for the newsletter
      4. Provide assistance to people needing help with writing articles
      5. Edit articles for content, spelling, grammar, and format
      6. Organize the newsletter articles into a logical progression
    2. Work with the webmaster to publish the Navigator online
      1. Create a consistent and readable online newsletter format
      2. Coordinate opportunities for advertising or sponsorship from outside organizations or companies
  3. Correlation of Navigator Editor Duties with other positions
    1. Consult with the Executive Committee about information that needs to be included in each issue
    2. Work with Webmaster to publish the Navigator
    3. Communicate with Board members to stay informed about relevant news in the organization. Encourage Board members to assist with article solicitation from organization contacts and committee members
Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The function of the Affiliates Committee is to encourage collaboration among and coordinate communication with potential and existing affiliates of the Association. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2.  Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4.  Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter in order to promote communication with affiliates and facilitate opportunities for potential affiliations
  3. Specific Affiliates Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Develop, update, and coordinate the affiliation process
    2. Maintain ongoing communication with existing affiliates
    3. Identify potential new affiliates and communicate the benefits of affiliation
    4. Coordinate collaborative efforts between NSELA and its affiliates, as well as among NSELA affiliates
    5. Collaborate with the Membership Committee on ways to enhance membership through affiliates
Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The Professional Development Committee is one of the highly visible 'faces' of NSELA. The committee sees that the organization serves the needs and interests of those who participate in professional development provided through NSELA. The Chairperson is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the PDI, SLI, and sessions at NSTA conferences, including overseeing such tasks as: program development, communication with presenters and facilities, coordination with the Office Manager and Public Relations chair, and communication with the board. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Coordinate tasks of the Professional Development Committee
    2. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    3. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    4. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    5. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    6. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter related to professional development opportunities
  3. Specific Professional Development Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. PDI - Completes all tasks as outlined in the toolkit related to:
      1. Pre-planning
      2. On-site coordination
      3. Post-event responsibilities
    2. SLI - Completes all tasks as outlined in the toolkit related to:
      1.  Pre-planning
      2. On-site coordination
      3. Post-event responsibilities
    3. NSELA sessions at NSTA
      1. Coordinate NSELA-sponsored events at the NSTA National Conference
      2. Work with the officers to coordinate the NSELA-sponsored sessions at the three NSTA Regional Conferences
Term of Service: Undesignated

Appointment: Appointed by the Board

Board Status: Non-voting Board Member

Major Function and Purpose of the Journal Editor: NSELA will publish a scholarly journal at least twice a year. The journal is considered a membership service. The editor will be responsible for soliciting articles, setting up a panel of referees, publishing, and distributing the journal.

Duties:

  1.  Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2.  Submit quarterly reports to the Executive Board
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Specific Journal Editor Duties
    1. Publish two editions of the Science Educator annually
      1. Solicit articles for publication in the Science Educator from both inside and outside the Association
      2. Select an editorial board that will be responsible for reviewing articles submitted to the journal
      3. Distribute articles to the editorial board for review and communicate with the editorial board throughout the selection process
      4. Communicate with the authors of articles that have been submitted for publication and/or have been accepted for publication.
      5. Perform final edits to articles selected for publication
    2. Print and distribute the Science Educator in the fall and in the spring each year.
      1. Make procedural and fiscal arrangements for the design, printing, and distribution of the Science Educator
      2. Work with printers and vendors to ensure that fiscally responsible decisions are made with regard to the printing and production of the Journal.
  3. Correlation of Journal Editor Duties with other positions
    1. Work with the Executive Board to maintain the quality of the Science Educator and to communicate the publication status of the Journal
    2. Work with the treasurer on expenses related to production and maintenance of the Journal
Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The function of the Diversity Committee is to enhance membership and leadership to reflect the diversity of the country and to support the needs of our diverse science education constituency, including teachers and students. The chairperson facilitates this work, identifies potential projects that address these goals, and completes aligned tasks assigned by the President. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1.  Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter related to opportunities to support diversity within the organization and inform the membership about ways to meet the needs of diverse learners
  3. Specific Diversity Chairperson and Committee tasks
    1. Identify and recommend individuals to run for office and/or serve as committee chairs/members who would enhance diverse representation in our leadership
    2. Work with the Public Relations and Membership Committees to identify ways in which to enhance the diversity of the membership
    3. Identify and/or develop materials for use on the website or at conferences that support leaders working with diverse populations
    4. Work with the Professional Development Committee to identify potential presenters and/or presentations for NSTA Area and National Conferences, as well as the PDI, that are aligned with the committees goals

Term of Service: Three-year cycle, with option for reappointment

Appointment: Appointed by President-Elect

Board Status: Non-Voting Board Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The function of the Awards Committee is to nominate and select recipients for awards sponsored through NSELA that reflect NSELA standards of leadership such as the Prentice Hall/NSELA Outstanding Leadership in Science Education (OLISE) and the Kendall Hunt/NSELA Outstanding Administrator Support Award (OASA). The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communication with committee members
    4. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Submit relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter related to award descriptions, nominations, and recipients
  3. Specific Awards Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Solicit nominations, provide application materials, and complete the selection process for awards sponsored through NSELA
    2. Update/prepare and distribute materials including award description and nomination forms; instructions, checklist, and ranking forms; letters and certificates
    3. Maintain communication with award sponsors regarding award program planning, selected awardees, and attendance at the awards events

Term of Service: Indefinite

Appointment: Elected (NSELA Treasurer serves as the Finance Committee Chair)

Board Status: Voting Member

Major Function or Purpose of Committee: The major function of the Finance Committee is to facilitate a finance committee which provides a system of checks and balances that supports the authority, functions, and responsibilities of the treasurer and ensures NSELA of sound fiscal oversight. This includes forming and convening the finance committee, meeting regularly with the treasurer to review monthly income and expenses, reviewing and providing input on major expenses, budget development, stipends, and contracts, and making recommendations to the board on these activities. The committee is composed of the Chairperson and committee members who serve in a three year cycle.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    2. Submit reports as required of all board members
    3. Participate in monthly conference calls
    4. Notify the President if unable to fulfill specific board duties
  2. Chairperson Duties
    1. Identify potential committee members and encourage online application for committee membership
    2. Work with President-Elect to replace committee members as 3-year appointments end
    3. Maintain regular communications with committee members
    4. Identify, organize, and facilitate committee tasks
    5. Facilitate and encourage submission of relevant articles to the Navigator newsletter related to the fiscal health and status of the organization
  3. Specific Finance Chairperson and Committee Tasks
    1. Review all financial matters and make recommendations to the Board
    2. Establish and ensure the operation of a system of checks and balances
    3. Provide assistance to the treasurer in the fulfillment of duties as outlined in the NSELA by-laws and Standard Operating Procedures.
      1. Budget development and reporting
      2. Routine monthly reviews
      3. Taxes
      4. Stipends
      5. Contracts
      6. Other financial tasks as may arise.
Term of Service: Three year contract based on annual review

Appointment: Contracted Position

Board Status: Non Board Member

Major Function and Purpose of the Webmaster: The Webmaster sets up and maintains the official NSELA website. The Webmaster manages posts to the website and works with other members of the NSELA Board to upload information at designated times or as needed. Communication within the organization that is conducted through the website is managed by the Webmaster.

Duties:

  1. Board Duties
    1. Board of Directors meetings are optional for the Webmaster
    2. Participation in monthly conference calls is recommended but not required for the Webmaster
    3. The Webmaster works closely with the Executive Board to ensure that the website reflects the most current information for the organization and that the information is presented in a manner that will represent the professional mission and vision of the organization.
  2. Correlation of Webmaster duties with other positions
    1. Works closely with the Executive Committee to ensure effective communication and to post accurate information to the website
    2. Works closely with the Professional Development Coordinator to post information about the PDI, SLI, and other PD events as it becomes available
    3. Works closely with the Office Manager and Professional Development Coordinator to set up registration forms and collectors for online registration, and make arrangements for online payment options
    4. Works closely with the Membership Committee to maintain current membership information on the website
    5. Works closely with the Navigator newsletter editor to upload the newsletter
  3. Specific Website Duties
    1. Keep Leadership Team list and contact information up to date
    2. Keep online membership list and information up to date
    3. Set up and promote online elections
    4. Establish and maintain online registration and payment capabilities for the organization
    5. Format and load the Navigator Newsletter
    6. Establish and maintain internal email capabilities
      1. Set up distribution systems and lists that allow Board members to send email to one another and to association members as individuals and groups
      2. Send emails to membership promoting NSELA events as requested by the Executive Committee
    7. Establish and maintain online document sharing capabilities (Google Docs, DropBox, etc.) for Board collaboration and communication
    8. Write tech support column for the Navigator newsletter
    9. Maintain other website content as needed or directed by the Board
      1. Announcements and general information
      2. Regional map and links
      3. Calendar
      4. Discussion Boards
      5. Resource links
      6. Online networking platforms