|REFRESH. REPOSITION. REIMAGINE: A NEW NABJ CONSTITUTION|
GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP (Chapters 2,
3 and 4)
The changes in
Chapter 3, relating to the board of directors’ responsibilities, are designed
- Provide the board of directors with flexibility,
consistent with modern nonprofit corporations, to engage an executive director
employed under the board’s supervision and authority. Note: These modifications
are also tied to a change in Chapter 2, Article I, Section 2, which clarifies
that the executive director is not an executive board member.
- Reorganize certain sections to provide more
logical sequencing of subject matters relating to the duties and powers of the
board of directors.
- Modify, for consistency’s sake, what is in
Section 3 with respect to chapters so that it relates with certainty to the
chapter-focused modifications in Chapter 5.
Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors.
Section 1. Executive Director. The board
of directors shall have the authority to employ a person of suitable qualifications
who, whenever possible, shall be an NABJ member; whose title shall be executive
director, and whose duties shall be to operate the organization’s national
office, subject to the board’s supervision, pursuant to the executive board’s
executive director shall primarily report to the
president and is otherwise subject to the executive board’s and board of
board of directors shall set the executive director’s salary. He or she shall
be bonded in a sum the board of directors determines.
(c) The executive director shall serve at the board of
directors’ discretion and direction. The executive board, acting as the
personnel committee, may remove the executive director from his or her position
in accordance with terms of employment, but only after consultation with the
board of directors.
Section 2. Annual
Budget. The board of directors shall adopt
an annual operating budget for NABJ.
(a) The operating budget so approved shall, in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles, allocate expenses and disbursements
as are usual and customary in the operation of similar organizations for the
succeeding calendar year.
(b) The president (or the president’s designees) shall present
the next year’s proposed calendar-year budget – as prepared by the treasurer
and executive director – to the board of directors for adoption as close as
possible to the prior calendar year’s last business day – and also to the
membership for disclosure as soon as possible by electronic means and at the
organization’s next annual meeting.
(c) The fiscal year of NABJ shall begin on Jan. 1 and end on
Dec. 31 of each year.
Section 3. Chapters. The board of directors is authorized to oversee the relationship with existing NABJ chapters and to enter into a relationship with new chapters, pursuant to the operating procedures.
Section 4. Meetings. The board of directors shall meet at least twice a year – including at least once during the annual convention and at another time to adopt the organization’s annual budget – or pursuant to the operating procedures. The president or board of directors may call special board of directors meetings. Rules governing notice of special meetings shall be established in the operating procedures.
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