Application for Appointment to the AAUW Board of Directors

We’re jealous of the weather that 2015–17 AAUW Board of Directors member Sue Barley enjoyed with AAUW Greater Naples (FL) members in Florida. Courtesy of Sue Barley

AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Please see our strategic plan for more information.

Before submitting your application, please read the following information. Applications open on Thursday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET and close at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 27, 2020.


Board Responsibilities

The Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight for the organization. Board members share a passion for AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.
The work of the board is challenging and invigorating as it deals with issues central to AAUW’s long-term success. The board makes major decisions, provides direction to the CEO, and exercises strategic leadership, but is not involved in day-to-day management or operations of the organization.

  • Oversight of the organization’s mission and goals, approval of the strategic plan and oversight of its implementation;
  • Approval and oversight of the budget and review of finances and investments;
  • Oversight and annual evaluation of the chief executive officer (CEO);
  • Approval of major organization-wide policies, partnerships and collaborations, grants and programs, as appropriate and in keeping with the delegation of authorities;
  • Oversight of legal and compliance issues;
  • Approval of governance matters including appointment of committees, review of bylaw changes, public policy priorities and other proposals to be voted on by the membership, and board evaluation.

Collectively, members of the board bring their intellect, diverse experiences, and creativity to effect meaningful and sustainable impact for women and girls. As a complex organization in existence since 1881 and with approximately 170,000 members and supporters engaged in advancing AAUWs mission, the board also works to ensure the organization is responsive to members’ and supporters’ needs as AAUW evolves to meet new challenges and priorities.

AAUW seeks board candidates who understand and have a passion for AAUW’s mission and work, and who:

  • Understand the fiduciary duties of directors and the governance function of a national nonprofit board;
  • Provide examples of leadership experience with AAUW or other nonprofit or for-profit organizations, particularly national or international in scope;
  • Exhibit expertise in one or more specific areas such as communications, diversity and inclusion, finance, fundraising, non-profit governance, marketing, public policy, advocacy, research, social media, strategic planning, technology and other areas identified by the AAUW board;
  • Contribute financially to AAUW annually with a stretch gift based on individual capacity;
  • Devote the time and energy required to participate fully in the work of the board.

Expectations of Individual AAUW Board Members

AAUW board members are expected to:

  • Understand and exercise the fiduciary duties of care and loyalty, fully prepare for board and committee meetings, ask questions, make informed decisions, put the mission of the organization first and avoid conflicts of interest.
    • Consistently attend meetings, including:
      • two to three regularly scheduled board meetings a year, typically held in Washington, D.C. and commencing on Friday morning and ending at noon on Saturday;[1]
      • select Finance Committee teleconferences, generally every other month throughout the year;
      • other board and committee meetings, usually by teleconference or videoconference.
  • Serve as a liaison to two or three AAUW state presidents, which requires regular email or telephone contact with the assigned state presidents.
  • As requested and within budget capacity, attend and make presentations at state conventions or other AAUW-related meetings.
  • As requested, serve or assist one or more AAUW committees, which requires attendance at that committee’s teleconferences.
  • As requested, serve on special board-level taskforces or subcommittees dealing with the work of the board.
  • Stay informed about AAUW programs and activities, as well as affiliate and member issues.
  • Communicate with and be a resource for affiliates and members on AAUW matters, subject, of course, to board-established guidelines on confidentiality.
  • Be an advocate for the organization within AAUW and in the community, including actively fund-raising and promoting programs of the organization.

[1] Travel to board and other meetings is reimbursed by AAUW in accordance with AAUW’s Travel Policy.

Board Structure and Term

  • AAUW’s Board of Directors is composed of 15 AAUW members, including 12 elected and 3 appointed board members. Board members serve on staggered terms – each year 4 members are elected and 1 member is appointed to the board. Board members serve three-year terms and may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Key Dates for the Appointed Director Application Process

March 27, 2020
Deadline to apply for appointment to the AAUW Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will review applications as they are received.
May 20, 2020
The AAUW board reviews the recommendations proposed by the Nominating Committee and approves the appointed director candidate.
May 21, 2020
Applicants are notified of their status.

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