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APNA President-Elect Position Description

This position is responsible for assisting the President and overseeing other duties as assigned by the President or the board. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect performs the duties of the President, and when so acting, has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The President-Elect year serves as an orientation for the upcoming year as President.


Serves one year as President-Elect. The President-Elect automatically succeeds to the presidency following the one-year term as President-Elect and subsequently Immediate Past President.


In addition to the responsibilities of all members of the Board, the President-Elect:
  • Assumes the role and functions of the President in his/her absence
  • Presides at board meetings in absence of the President
  • Serves as a member of the finance committee
  • When feasible, attends annual Nursing Organization Alliance Leadership Academy and annual meeting with executive director and President and other meetings as may be required
  • Represents association as assigned
  • Mentors current and prospective board and committee members
  • Avoids conflicts of interest and promptly notifies the executive director if a potential conflict arises. Avoiding conflicts of interest for the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President involves pausing pre-existing individual relationships with industry (any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients). 


  • Must be a voting member in good standing for at least one year immediately prior to assuming office.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and previous APNA volunteer leadership service are preferred.
  • Willingness to commit the time and skills necessary to fulfill the expectations of the role.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for personal performance
  • Knowledge about global trends and issues influencing the association and the association’s programs, projects and services
  • Experience with strategic planning and budgeting
  • Understanding of financial statements and comparisons
  • Understanding of applicable operating ratios and ability to evaluate the association’s performance relative to association standards
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills
  • Informal and formal leadership experience
  • Participative leadership style
  • Demonstrated problem solving and ethical decision-making experience
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work with diverse styles and personalities and facilitate teamwork and consensus
  • Works well under pressure and is good on his/her feet