Nominations for three Board of Director positions of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Reston, Va, are now open and may be made by any member of the Academy.

Members-at-Large will serve a 3-year term in office beginning July 1, 2007.

Submit nominations in writing to:

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD
Chair, Nominations Committee
American Academy of Audiology
11730 Plaza America Dr, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
Or e-mail nomination to: [email protected]

Nominations must be received no later than 5 pm EDT, on August 25, 2006.

Board of Directors: Job Description

The Board of Directors of the AAA serves as the Academy’s governing body and custodians of the Academy’s investments. Each member of the Board assumes a responsibility to initiate and establish the policies governing the Academy and to maintain a fiduciary responsibility over the financial affairs of the Academy.

  Responsibilities of the Board as a whole are to:

    •     Determine the mission and vision of the Academy and see that it fulfills its stated aims and purpose.

    •     Develop a strategic plan, which includes goals, strategies, and action plans that define how and what the Academy must accomplish in order to achieve its vision.

    •     Understand and comply with the Academy’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.
    •     Comply with laws relating to not-for-profit structures.

    •     Develop, execute, and evaluate the Academy’s policies, plans, and budgets.

    •     Approve the annual budget, review quarterly financials, and appoint the auditor.

    •     Abide by the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Statements contained in the Academy Policies and Procedures Manual.

    •     Maintain a working knowledge of the affairs, policies and assets of the Academy.

Responsibilities of individual Board members are to:

    •     Advocate for the mission and vision of the Academy.

    •     Attend and actively participate in all Board meetings (locations to be announced), and conference calls as necessary, in their entirety.

    •     Maintain confidentiality of all Board discussions.

    •     Express your opinion during discussion and debates, speaking with one voice regarding the final decisions of the Board.

    •     Grant membership to those applicants whose qualifications, in the Board’s judgment, meet the requirements specified in Article II of the Bylaws.

    •     Commit to a strategy of financial health that includes a long-term investment fund, supported through annual allocated contributions and additional income as available.

    •     Establish Boards, Committees, and Task Forces, as necessary, to guide and assist the Academy in its mission and appoint the Chair of such Boards, Committees, and Task Forces.

    •     Accept and fulfill Committee liaison assignments (typically one or more standing committees).

    •     Decide when and where the Annual Academy Meeting shall take place and elect a Program Chair for the meeting.

    •     Transact all such other business in the interest of the membership that may form time-to-time come before the Board.

    •     Elect the Nominations Committee.

Four face-to-face Board meetings are typically scheduled in July, October, April, and January. Members of the Academy Board of Directors will be reimbursed for lodging expenses incurred in attending all regular Board of Directors meetings as well as duly announced special meetings of the Board. 

Board of Directors travel expenses will only be reimbursed for travel that is not previously approved by the budget at the request and with the prior approval of the Academy president and executive director. The Academy does not reimburse travel expenses for attending the meeting held in conjunction with AudiologyNOW! However, Board members will receive complimentary housing at the headquarters hotel during AudiologyNOW!

[SOURCE: www.audiology.org, August 8, 2006]