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National Space Society Officers
Descriptions and Background Information

Index (Table of Contents)
Common Officer Information
President
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board of Governors
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President / Senior Operating Officer
General Counsel
Vice President for Chapters
Vice President for Development
Vice President for Membership
Vice President for Public Affairs
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer

Common Officer Information  |  Index

  • Election
    • (i)  Within 30 days after the Board of Directors election has been completed, candidates shall be nominated by the Executive Committee for the Officers election.
    • (ii)  Any voting member of the Board of Directors may nominate additional candidates for the Officers election.
    • (iii)  The Officers election will be held as soon as reasonable by mail vote in accordance with the NSS Mail Vote Rules.
    • (iv)  A majority vote of the Board of Directors in favor of a particular nominee is required to elect that nominee as an Officer.
    • (v)  Officers are eligible for re-election without limitation.
  • Qualifications for Office
    • (i)  Any member of the Society is eligible for nomination and election to any elective office of this Society, provided the member has served at least one year as a member of the Board of Directors at any time prior to any elective term of office.
    • (ii)  The Board of Directors may, by majority vote, waive the requirement for prior service on the Board of Directors for a specific candidate or election.
  • Compensation
    • (i)  Officers do not receive compensation for their services, but the Board of Directors may, by resolution, authorize a policy of fair and reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
    • (ii)  Reimbursable expenses are budgeted and the budget approved by the Treasurer and the Chairman of the Executive Committee, prior to being incurred.
  • Term of Service
    • (i)  Each elected Officer shall take office immediately upon election and shall serve for a term of approximately two years or until their successor is duly elected.
    • (ii)  Each elected Officer may serve concurrently as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Executive Committee
    • (i)  The Executive Committee, composed of 15 elected Officers (12 with voting authority) plus the Executive Director, acts for the Board of Directors between Board meetings on all authorized governance and operational matters of the Society.
    • (ii)  Each member of the Executive Committee is an ex officio (non-voting) member of the Board of Directors, if not already a voting member of the Board.
    • (iii)  The Chairman of the Executive Committee is the Chief Executive Officer of NSS.
  • Meetings and Operations
    • The Executive Committee meets face-to-face at least twice per year.  Settings are:
    • The Executive Committee holds other meetings at least once per month.  Options include:
      • Telephone meetings (e.g., FreeConferenceCall.com)
        (The Executive Committee currently holds biweekly telecons.)
      • Voice-over-IP (VoIP) meetings (e.g., Skype)
      • Web Chat Room meetings (e.g., NSS MOO)
      • Web Virtual World meetings (e.g., Second Life)
      • Web Forums*
      • Email Exchanges*
      • *(these are more conducive to correspondence than real-time discussion)
    • Each Officer will work as necessary with NSS Headquarters (HQ) staff, NSS volunteers, NSS local chapters, and contract services.
    • Each Officer shall provide reports on committee activities to the Board of Directors.
      • Prior to the annual ISDC
      • Prior to the NSS Fall Board of Directors Meeting
  • For More Information

President  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Serves as primary spokesperson for the Society
    • Presides at all general meetings of the Society
    • Makes a report to the membership, on behalf of the Board, at the annual NSS conference
    • Promotes the welfare and furthers the goals and objectives of the Society
    • Performs other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors
  • Committee Responsibilities
    • (none)
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 3, President, in the NSS Bylaws

Chairman of the Board of Directors  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Chairs meetings of the NSS Board of Directors.
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officers
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 1, Chairman of the Board of Directors, in the NSS Bylaws
    • Article V, Board of Directors, in the NSS Bylaws

Chairman of the Board of Governors  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Chairs meetings of the NSS Board of Governors, which serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors.
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 2, Chairman of the Board of Governors, in the NSS Bylaws
    • Article X, Board of Governors, in the NSS Bylaws

Chairman of the Executive Committee  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Chairs meetings of the NSS Executive Committee.
    • Serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Society.
    • Executes acts and exercises the authority of the Executive Committee between meetings in accordance with prior acts of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
    • Works in close cooperation with the Executive Director to implement the policies and decisions of the Board and Executive Committee and to oversee NSS operations.
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 4, Chairman of the Executive Committee, in the NSS Bylaws
    • Policy II, Section 8, Chairman of the Executive Committee, in the NSS Corporate Policies

Executive Vice President  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Chairs the NSS Policy Committee
    • Monitors mail votes of the Board of Directors or the Membership
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 5, Executive Vice President, in the NSS Bylaws
    • Article IX, Policy Committee, in the NSS Bylaws

Senior Vice President / Senior Operating Officer  |  Index


Vice President for Chapters  |  Index


Vice President for Development  |  Index


Vice President for Membership  |  Index


Vice President for Public Affairs  |  Index


Secretary  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Maintains originals and copies of the Society's records
    • Records the proceedings of meetings of the Board and Executive Committee
    • Responsible for the proper and legal mailing of notices to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee
    • In cooperation with the Executive Vice President, monitors mail votes of the Board of Directors or the Membership
    • Maintains records of all mail votes of the Board of Directors
    • Maintains duplicate copies of all financial records of the Society, and of the records of the Policy Committee
    • Performs such duties as may be specified by the Board or Executive Committee
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information

Assistant Secretary  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Performs the duties of the Secretary in the absence of or the inability to act of the Secretary
    • Performs those secretarial duties delegated by the Secretary
  • Committee Responsibilities
    • (none)
  • Current Officer
    • Michael Snyder
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 10, Assistant Secretary, in the NSS Bylaws

Treasurer  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Collects all member dues and/or assessments Establish and maintains proper accounting procedures and records for the handling of the Society's funds
    • Responsible for keeping the funds in such banks, trust companies and/or investments as are approved by the Executive Committee
    • Reports on the financial condition of the Society at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at other times when called upon by the Executive Committee
    • At the end of each fiscal year, prepares an annual report which shall reflect an audit of the Society's books and records conducted by a certified public accountant
    • Budgets for and establishes a petty cash fund, to be managed by the Executive Director, for use in day-to-day operation of the office of the Society
    • Performs such duties as may be specified by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information

Assistant Treasurer  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Performs the duties of the Treasurer in the absence of or the inability to act of the Treasurer
    • Performs those duties delegated by the Treasurer
  • Committee Responsibilities
    • (none)
  • Current Officer
    • (vacant -- open position)
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 12, Assistant Treasurer, in the NSS Bylaws

General Counsel  |  Index

  • General Responsibilities
    • Serves as the principal legal advisor for the Society.
    • Provide such advice and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.
  • Committee Responsibilities
    • (none)
  • Current Officer
  • For More Information
    • Article VIII, Section 8, General Counsel, in the NSS Bylaws

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