President-Elect Description

APNA President-Elect

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 forum 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.


  • 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.
  • Knowledgeable about global trends and issues influencing the association and the association’s programs, projects and services
  • Experience with strategic planning and budgeting
  • Understands and can interpret, analyze and explain financial statements
  • Understands applicable operating ratios and can 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
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