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Board of Directors Position Descriptions

The SPSP Board of Directors is a 12-person board with twice-yearly meetings. The Board conducts most of its business electronically (email). The presidential trio, Treasurer and Executive Director make up the Executive Committee of the Board and have authority to act outside of the two meetings to carry out the business of the Society. The Board manages the vision of the organization and guides its strategic initiatives, while ensuring the priorities of the society are managed by appointed committees and staff. The Board focuses on initiatives and does not manage the day-to-day operations of the Society. The Board is supported by the Central Office staff for these measures and reviews routine updates of the status of projects and administration of the Society. Positions on the Board are not open to Students or Associate Members of SPSP.



Description

  • Serves 3-year term (President-elect, President, Past President)
  • Chair of the 12-member Board of Directors
  • Chair of the 5-member Executive Committee
  • Guides strategic initiatives of Society
  • Performs duties as required to represent and guide the Society
  • Provides Presidential Address at SPSP Convention and APA Convention 

Suggested Requirements

  • Willing to dedicate 1+ hours per week to SPSP
  • Previous SPSP committee or administrative leadership recommended
  • Well-networked within the field


Description

  • Serves 3-year term (President-elect, President, Past President)
  • Member of the 5-member Executive Committee
  • Performs duties of president in absence/incapacity of president
  • Guides tasks/projects assigned or approved by the Board of Directors

Suggested Requirements

  • Willing to dedicate 1+ hours per week to SPSP
  • Previous SPSP committee or administrative leadership recommended
  • Well-networked within the field


Description

  • Serves 3-year term (President-elect, President, Past President)
  • Member of the 5-member Executive Committee
  • Chairs Nominations/Elections Committee
  • Guides tasks/projects assigned or approved by the Board of Directors

Suggested Requirements

  • Willing to dedicate 1+ hours per week to SPSP
  • Previous SPSP committee or administrative leadership recommended
  • Well-networked within the field


Description

  • Member of the 5-member Executive Committee
  • Ex-officio member of the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Works with Central Office staff to ensure accurate records are kept and published; provide oversight of budget preparation; ensure appropriate audits and internal controls provide for financial security; present budgets as requested by the Board of Directors; and ensure proper financial administration of the societies short- and long-term investments
  • Approves expenses reports of Executive Director

Suggested Requirements

  • Willing to dedicate 1+ hours per week to SPSP
  • Previous SPSP committee or administrative leadership recommended
  • Experience in finance, management, and administration


Description

  • Provides input to strategic initiatives of Society
  • Performs duties as required to serve the society, including serving on special Task Forces and assisting committees guiding important initiatives
  • Oversees a portfolio of work in one of six domains listed below. While not directly in charge of any one activity, the MAL is responsible for liaising with committees and staff overseeing these tasks and providing support, guidance and input as needed. 
  • The MAL is the conduit that supports the work in each area under the domain while also recommending new activities and evaluating current activities.
    • Science Programming: Convention, Summer Forum, Small Conference Grants
    • Science Publishing: Journals, Small Research Grant
    • Education: Summer Institute (SISPP), Training Committee, Educational Resources
    • Community/Diversity: Student Committee, Diversity/Climate, Awards, Fellows, Membership
    • Application/Industry: Activities Affecting Those in Non-Academic Settings
    • Outreach/Advocacy: APA Division 8 Program, C&C Blog, Government Relations, Media/Public Affairs

Suggested Requirements

  • Willing to dedicate 1-2 hours per month to SPSP
  • Previous committee or administrative involvement recommended
  • Experience within the domain elected to oversee


*All costs for Board travel to the Summer meeting are covered. Airfare is provided for Board members to attend the Winter meeting.

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