CDS Board Elections

Every year, CDS holds an election to replace directors and officers that are nearing the end of their terms. In 2022, CDS Members will elect the following positions:

  • 2 Directors
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice Chair of Operations

In 2023, CDS Members will elect the following positions:

  • 2 Directors
  • Vice Chair of Operations

Any CDS Member with active paid membership may run for the Board of Directors or an officer position. Self-nominations are highly encouraged, though Members may nominate colleagues through the same form. Members nominated by a colleague will be contacted and may accept or reject the nomination. When nominations are open, a button will appear below this text to submit a nomination.

Board & Officer Responsibilities

According to our Bylaws (approved July 2019), the CDS Board of Directors is a Member-elected body composed of five Officers (Chair, Vice Chair of Programs, Vice Chair of Operations, a Secretary, and a Treasurer) and six Directors charged with fiduciary responsibility for the organization and responsiveness to the Membership. The Board meets regularly through virtual meetings that are open to CDS Members and annually with the entire membership in a business meeting during the CDS conference. The Board of Directors is actively engaged in organizational governance as well as policy implementation through committees and working groups open to Members.

Board Directors

Directors serve three-year terms. There are a total of six Directors, who, along with 5 officers, are charged with fiduciary responsibility for the organization and responsiveness to the Membership. 

The main duties of Board Directors include participating in teleconference Board meetings (as often as monthly) and active participation on committees and working groups.

Secretary

The Secretary serves a three-year term and can serve up to 2 consecutive terms. The main duties of Secretary include: documenting and managing the minutes of all official CDS meetings; overseeing and certifying notices, reports, and corporate records; and overseeing the Nominations Committee.

Treasurer

The Treasurer serves a three-year term and can serve up to 2 consecutive terms. The main duties of the Treasurer include: preparing and presenting financial reports to the Board; preparing financial policies and procedures as well as banking, investment, and financial management recommendations; overseeing the management of funds; and overseeing external financial audits.

Vice Chair of Operations

The person elected to serve as Vice Chair of Operations commits to serving CDS for three years, but performs three roles in succession. They serve as VC Operations for one year. In year 2, they serve as the VC Programs, and in year 3, they serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

The main duties of the Vice Chair of Operations include: chairing the Membership committee; liaising between all Committees and the Board of Directors; and serving as liaison between the Board and any paid administrative positions such as an Executive Director. 

Vice Chair of Programs

The person who has served one year as Vice Chair of Operations serves then one year as Vice Chair of Programs, before serving one year as Chair of the Board. They are confirmed by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors to serve in this role.

The main duties of the Vice Chair of Programs include: chairing the Programs committee (including conference planning) and the implementation and evaluation of professional development programs.

Chair of the Board

The person who has served one year as Vice Chair of Programs then serves one year as Chair of the Board. They are confirmed by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors to serve in this role.

The Chair is the principle representative of CDS to the general public and other organizations. The main duties of the Chair include presiding over the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, convening the Annual Meeting of the Members, executing contracts, creating ad hoc committees of CDS, and appointing Members to committees.

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