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NASW/Texas Leadership Position Descriptions

 

Function: to promote and support the profession of social work and the mission of the social work profession through relationships with other entities such as elected officials, government agencies, universities, coalitions, and the media.


 

NASW/Texas President-Elect and President_


Term: 3 years, 1 year as President-Elect; 2 years as President. Officers of the chapter may not succeed themselves in the same office.

Duties:
  • The President-Elect is responsible for the duties assigned by the President, and assumes the duties of President after one year.
  • The President is the presiding officer of the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee, and an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • The President is to be available to consult with the staff on matters between meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • The President represents the Board of Directors between its meetings, and reports to the Board of Directors all important interim actions
  • The President, in consultation with the Board of Directors, appoint the chairpersons of all organizational branches responsible to the Board of Directors whose election is not otherwise specified in the Bylaws; and appoints all other organizational branch leadership.
  • Attends 4 quarterly Board of Directors meetings (Virtual and In Person), and other called meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the chapter in accordance with chapter bylaws and national standards.
  • Participates in the decision making process to fulfill the mission of the chapter.
  • Represents to the board the issues and concerns of constituency, and advocates in constituents' best interests.
  • Interprets board policies and decisions to membership.
  • Serves as Chair of the Delegate Assembly Chapter delegation to NASW Delegate Assembly if serving as president when the DA convenes.

Qualifications:
  • NASW membership in good standing
  • Has a solid understanding of the organization; a broad perspective on the profession and the needs and issues of social workers statewide; and is able to clearly articulate these needs and issues
  • Diplomatic
  • Willing and able to travel statewide, and nationally to represent the chapter
  • Flexible schedule, and support/sanction of employer in order to be able to participate in chapter business
  • Ability in running meetings and public speaking
  • Team work/ team commitment
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to understand and respect board process
  • Willingness to work as part of a working board
  • Willingness to take to and take from the board
  • Willingness to be prepared for meetings
  • Demonstrates leadership
  • Negotiation skills and interest
  • Able to see the big picture



NASW/Texas Vice President_


Term:
3 years. Officers of the chapter may not succeed themselves in the same office.

Duties:
  • The Vice President fulfills the duties of the President in the event of absence or disability
  • The Vice President serves on the Executive Committee, according to by-laws, and other committees as requested by the President
  • Represents to the board issues and concerns of Chapter Branch Chairs and advocates on behalf of branches
  • The Vice President leads the orientation and training of Branch Chairs at the Sandra López Leadership Institute.
  • The Vice President serves as chair of the Organizational and Leadership Development Committee.
  • Attends four quarterly Board of Directors meetings (Virtual and In Person), and other called meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the Chapter in accordance with bylaws and national standards
  • Participates in the decision making process to fulfill the mission of the Chapter
  • Represents to the Board the issues and concerns of constituency and advocates in constituents’ best interests
  • Interprets board policies and decisions to the membership

Qualifications:
  • NASW membership in good standing
  • Team work/team commitment
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to understand and respect board process
  • Willingness to work as part of a board
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to take to and take from the board
  • Willingness to be prepared for meetings
  • Able to take leadership
  • Negotiation skills and interest
  • Able to see the big picture
  • Experience at the branch level preferred


NASW/Texas Officer/Treasurer_


Term:
3 years. Officers of the chapter may not succeed themselves in the same office.

Duties:
  • Serves as an officer of the board
  • Serves as Chair of the Chapter Finance Committee
  • Responsible for oversight of budget development to ensure promotion of the programs and activities of the association to ensure implementation of the strategic plan
  • Responsible for oversight of the receipts, deposits, dispersal, and withdrawal of all funds of the Chapter, and renders quarterly fiscal statements to the Board of Directors
  • Serves on the Executive Committee, according to by-laws, and other committees as requested by the President
  • Attends four quarterly Board of Directors meetings and other called meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the Chapter in accordance with bylaws and national standards
  • Participates in the decision making process to fulfill the mission of the Chapter
  • Represents to the Board the issues and concerns of constituency and advocates in constituents’ best interests
  • Facilitates annual review of Fiscal Policies
  • Interprets board policies and decisions to the membership

Qualifications:
  • NASW membership in good standing
  • Understanding of budget development financial planning
  • Team work/ team commitment
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to understand and respect board process
  • Willingness to work as part of a board
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to take to and take from the board
  • Willingness to be prepared for meetings
  • Able to take leadership
  • Negotiation skills and interest
  • Able to see the big picture


NASW/Texas Officer/Secretary_


Term:
3 years. Officers of the chapter may not succeed themselves in the same office.

Duties:
  • Responsible for the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and for the non-fiscal records of the chapter.
  • The Secretary serves on the Executive Committee according to by-laws, and other committees as requested by the President.
  • Attends 4 quarterly Board of Directors meetings (Virtual and In Person), and other called meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the chapter in accordance with chapter bylaws and national standards.
  • Participates in the decision making process to fulfill the mission of the chapter.
  • Represents to the board the issues and concerns of constituency, and advocates in constituents' best interests.
  • Interprets board policies and decisions to membership.

Qualifications:
  • NASW membership in good standing
  • Team work/ team commitment
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to understand and respect board process
  • Willingness to work as part of a working board
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to take to and take from the board
  • Willingness to be prepared for meetings
  • Able to take leadership
  • Negotiation skills and interest
  • Able to see the big picture


NASW/Texas Board Member_


Term:
3 years. Board Members may not succeed themselves in the same office.

Duties:
  • Represent the chapter and the profession in the community with local, state and federal political leaders and/or deans or directors of schools of social work, as well as maintenance of the chapter’s relationship with other organizations, i.e., Texas Health and Human Services Commission agencies;
  • Communicate with the public regarding state, national, or global social issues with all media outlets including print: newspapers and magazines and electronic: television, radio and web-based in a manner that demonstrates how an issue effects the public, social work practice and/or chapter, including coordination with Branch Chairs located within the geographic area the board member serves;
  • Determine, develop, coordinate, and evaluate chapter strategic plan and programs including defining function and allocation of chapter resources;
  • Financial oversight of the chapter, including an annual accounting to members concerning sources and amount of income and the nature and amount of expenditures;
  • Ongoing communication about chapter activities with membership via branch chairs;
  • Represent regional membership concerns to the full board;
  • Attend 4 quarterly board meetings, Virtual and In Person, (January, April, July) including the Sandra Lopez Annual Leadership Institute (Nov) and the annual state conference (October or November), as well as encourage membership attendance to the annual state conference;
  • Participate in board committees as assigned;
  • Establish and dissolve branches under the guidance of the Chapter bylaws;
  • Create and dissolve committees and task forces, define their functions and allocation of specific assignments depending on priorities, policies of the chapter and the national association;
  • Work collaboratively with the Chapter Executive Director to manage necessary staffing patterns to meet the needs for Chapter functioning; and
  • Select, employ, and evaluate the Chapter Executive Director.


NASW/Texas Board Member MSW & BSW STUDENT Representative_


Term:
1 Year

Duties:
  • Attend 4 quarterly Board of Directors meetings (Virtual and In Person), and other called meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the chapter in accordance with chapter bylaws and national standards.
  • Participate in the decision making process to fulfill the mission of the chapter.
  • Serve on committees as requested by the President and provide input to the state conference planning committee about student affairs.
  • Represent to the board the issues and concerns of constituency, and advocates in constituents' best interests.
  • Interpret board policies and decisions to membership.

Qualifications:
  • BSW or MSW NASW student membership in good standing
  • Student nominee must have 2 semesters left before completing their educational degree as of July 1, the beginning of their term of office.
  • Students must be attending a school within the State of Texas but do not have to be a resident of Texas or an NASW/TX member (as long as they are an NASW member in their home state). Students who are Texas residents but attending school in another state are not eligible.
  • Team work/ team commitment
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to understand and respect board process
  • Willingness to work as part of a working board
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to take to and take from the board
  • Willingness to be prepared for meetings
  • Able to take leadership
  • Negotiation skills and interest
  • Able to see the big picture

 

Special Nomination Guidelines for Student Representatives to the Board of Directors:

  1. Students interested in a board position must be a student during their term in office (they must be a student starting in the summer or fall of the year of their term in office). They must also have at least 2 semesters left in their social work field of study.

  2. Students who have not yet been admitted to a program may be nominated as long as the NLIC representative has every reason to believe they will be accepted. If the student is not accepted into a program for whatever reason, they would not be eligible for the position.

  3. Ph.D. students are not eligible for a student term in office (only BSW and MSW students)

  4. Students must be attending a school within the State of Texas but do not have to be a resident of Texas or an NASW-TX member (as long as they are an NASW member in their home state). Students who are Texas residents but attending school in another state are not eligible.

  5. It is desirable that only one BSW and one MSW student per university be nominated for student representative, however, it will be up to the NLIC committee to limit the number of students per school based on the total number and composition of students who are being nominated from all programs.


NASW/Texas Branch Chairs_


Each of the NASW/Texas local branches shall have an elected or appointed Branch Chair. Branch Chairs shall serve two year terms. Branch Chairs shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Branch Chair Position Description: To develop and support NASW/Texas members through networking, legislative advocacy, and coordination of activities to support the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative (Advancing the Profession) at the local level.

Branch Chair Duties:

• Membership recruitment & retention
• Develop & promote opportunities for formal and information feedback on branch activities
• Implement activities designed to encourage member participation in legislative advocacy
• Develop and chair local steering committee
• Communicate with board member on regular basis
• Represent concerns of branch members
• Communicate local activities to regional board members and to Chapter office
• Oversight of financial activities at branch level
• Promote and attend state conferences (branches may choose to pay for part/all of this expense)
• Attend the Sandra Lopez Leadership Institute each November



Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee_


State NLIC Chair

Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (Non-voting)

Term: 3 years, elected by the membership of the Chapter at-large.
Is not eligible for re-election to the same position, or for any other chapter position within one year of the expiration of her/his term on the committee.

Duties: As chair of the committee:
  • Coordinates all aspects of the chapter elections in accordance with the NASW Standards for Chapter Elections.
  • Works in partnership with chapter staff to facilitate development of timelines, ballots, etc.
  • Works with chapter staff to ensure that NLIC representatives abide by established timelines and are responsive to requests for information
  • Problem solves and trouble shoots gaps in leadership identification
  • Participates in the identification of potential TPACE appointments
  • Participates in the identification of potential candidates for national positions.
  • Meets annually to select candidates and certify a completed ballot to the Secretary of the Chapter.
  • Receive nominations by petitions. When nominations have been made by petition, the NLIC certifies the amended ballot to the Secretary of the Chapter.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors at each of the 4 board meetings serving as an exofficio board member.
  • Works with Equity Committees to identify leadership for slating.

Qualifications:
  • Member in good standing of NASW
  • Broad perspective of the profession and state issues
  • Willingness to be active on the state level
  • Good assessment skills
  • History with and perspective of chapter
  • Previous NASW experience. Previous NLIC experience preferred.
  • Good people skills, good marketing skill


NASW/Texas Branch NLIC Representative_


Term:
3 years. Members are not eligible for re-election to the same position, or for any other chapter position within one year of the expiration of her/his term on the committee.

Duties: As a member of the committee:
  • Abides by established timelines and the NASW Standards for Chapter Elections.
  • Ensures candidates paperwork is submitted according to established timelines.
  • Reviews paperwork for position statement word count limits.
  • Presents candidates for chapter elected and appointed positions to the committee.
  • Participates in the selection of at least two candidates for each position in the regular election of Chapter Officers, Board Members, and Delegate Assembly Representatives.
  • Participates in the selection of branch chairs and local NLIC representatives for slating.
  • Participates in the identification of potential TPACE appointments.
  • Participates in the identification of potential candidates for national positions.
  • Meets annually to select candidates and certify a completed ballot to the Secretary of the Chapter.
  • Receive nominations by petitions. When nominations have been made by petition, the NLIC certifies the amended ballot to the Secretary of the Chapter.
  • Chairs a Branch level NLIC committee to select Branch steering committee members.
  • Participates in identifying nominations for Social Work Month Awards

Qualifications:
  • Member in good standing of NASW
  • Broad perspective of the profession and issues


NASW/Texas Delegate Assembly Position_


Term:
3 years, eligible for re-election. Term begins two years prior to the Delegate Assembly.

Duties:
  • Represents NASW/Texas in the decision making body of NASW
  • Make every effort to become fully informed of the duties required
  • Become familiar with the information that is posted on the NASW Web site
  • Review all policy statements for comments
  • Volunteer for participation in a hearing panel
  • Work with the chapter leadership
  • Attend meetings of chapter and coalition
  • Assist the chapter in the interpretation and implementation of decisions adopted at Delegate Assembly

Qualifications:
  • Member in good standing of NASW.
  • Knowledge of the effects of public policy
  • Knowledge of Social Work values and ethics

Planning Information:

Delegate Assembly, Mid 2017

Term of Office: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
  • Contact members of your practice area to obtain input on policies being reviewed.
  • Write articles for NETWORK about Delegate Assembly issues.
  • Your travel (mileage or airfare only) will be funded to attend the following NASW/Texas Conferences:
    • November 12-14, 2015, San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center - Galveston, Texas
    • October 6-8, 2016, Arlington Convention Center - Arlington, Texas
  • You will be funded to attend a West Central Coalition meeting. We generally begin with a 9am meeting on Saturday and end by noon on Sunday.  More information will follow.
  • You will be funded to attend Delegate Assembly for 2-3 days in Mid 2017 location TBD.
Please keep in mind that these meetings may require time off from work and child care arrangements. There's time to plan ahead!
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