Society Offices to Be Filled
The following Society-level offices will be filled in STC’s 2021 election:
- Vice President
- Director (two positions to be filled)
- Nominating Committee (two positions to be filled)
Vice President (three-year commitment)
The Vice President serves as both a Director and an Officer of the Board. The Vice President’s duties include supporting the strategic objectives of the Society, as well as any other responsibilities assigned by the President. These responsibilities may vary from year to year. The STC Bylaws specify that the Vice President automatically progresses to President, and then to Immediate Past President. Each of these offices has a one-year term, so the person who becomes Vice President is committing to a total of three years of service.
Candidates for Vice President must be passionate about and experienced in our industry; have in-depth knowledge of Society-level processes and practices; and be experienced in implementing large business, policy, or educational initiatives outside of STC. They must have extensive leadership experience, preferably in prior positions at the Society level, community level or in other organizations; should be aware of STC’s accomplishments and opportunities; and should have good ideas about future actions needed in response to trends in the profession and the needs of our members.
Treasurer (two-year term)
The Treasurer serves as both a Director and an Officer of the Board. The Treasurer may run for a second consecutive term of office. The duties of this position include familiarity with managing a budget, attending monthly financial calls or meetings, preparing financial documents for monthly deadlines in advance of each meeting or conference call, and interpreting the trends in the financial data for the rest of the board members.
Candidates for Treasurer should have some business experience, familiarity with managing a budget, a sense about the financial impact of initiatives, expectation of inevitable expenses, and comfort with spreadsheets. A good candidate is willing to advocate for fiscal responsibility and champion a different viewpoint from the rest of the Board of Directors. The candidate must be willing to engage in and maintain the debate over the prudent use of funds. In addition, the candidate must have sufficient time to devote to the position. Experience in one of the following areas is also helpful: accounting, law, business ownership or treasurer for another organization.
Director (two-year term)
Every Director represents all members of the Society and serves as a communication link between the Board and members, communities, and any programs for which the Director has been assigned. Directors are voting members of the Board.
Each candidate for Director should have a history of successful leadership in STC or with another organization. Leadership can be in various areas of the Society, such as local or Society-level communities and committees. Valuable assets for this position are proven leadership skills, proven strategic thinking, knowledge of STC, ability to speak effectively in public, trouble-shooting skills, and tactfulness. Experience in one of the following areas is also helpful: governance, finance, or community advocacy.
Nominating Committee Member (two-year term)
The Nominating Committee has four elected members, with two members elected each year to serve a two-year term. The Nominating Committee holds an organizational meeting at the annual conference and meets by conference call regularly to carry on the committee’s business and to develop a slate of candidates for each election.
Candidates for the Nominating Committee should have an extensive network of STC members across the Society, be good judges of character and leadership potential, and have a solid understanding of how the Board works to lead Society strategy.