Specific Responsibilities of the Vice President
As vice president, your main responsibility is to coordinate and supervise the chapter committees. Your role is that of an executive assistant to the president, and you should be actively involved in all chapter activities, especially in chapter committees. The chapter vice president has the responsibility of fulfilling the president’s duties in the president’s absence.
Specific Responsibilities of the Vice President
- Serve as second Principal Officer: As chapter vice president, you are the chapter president’s right hand. You assist the president in conducting all chapter affairs and operations thoroughly and efficiently, see that all chapter activities are carried out in the best manner possible, and ensure that all members and initiates always conduct themselves in the best interest of the fraternity. You are the president’s eyes and ears. You must constantly be informed of all fraternity affairs and activities so that you can advise and assist the president in leading your chapter. Get to know the president’s thoughts on policy and direction, and provide support and endorsement of new goals or programs. Work closely with the chapter president—you are his/her sounding board and confidant. As such, provide your suggestions and comments and gather those from other chapter members. Additionally, you are responsible for carrying out other duties that the chapter president may direct to you.
- Serve in the chapter president’s absence.:
As the second principal officer, the chapter vice president could be called upon to substitute for the chapter president. Therefore, you must always be prepared to assume these duties. Be involved with the executive committee at all times so that you know the status of every officer’s plans, projects, and committee goals. Review and familiarize yourself with all of the specified responsibilities of the chapter president.
- Supervise committees.
Chapter committees are what make all projects, activities, and events possible. If committees do not function properly, the chapter does not reach its full potential, and chapter activities may be few and unorganized. Therefore, committee leadership is essential. The chapter vice president is responsible for directing and coordinating the work of all permanent and temporary committees, ensuring that each is functioning properly and performing its designated duties. You will need to either appoint a committee chairperson or allow the committee members to elect a leader. Request written goals and committee reports from all committee chairpersons. These reports should outline what the committee has accomplished and on which projects it is currently working. This will enable you to chart each committee’s progress as you see what projects are being completed. If a committee does not have a report, you may want to discuss the importance of committee reports with the chairperson. If this does not help, the committee may need to be reorganized and a new chairperson elected.
- Train and assist your successor in office.
Officer training is vital to the continued success of your chapter. Chapters often times elect officers early so that the current officer and the newly-elected officer have the opportunity to work together before the newly-elected officer actually takes office. As chapter vice president, you may feel that there is not much to do at times; however, there is plenty to do! Chapter committees will require a great deal of time to organize and maintain. In addition, take it upon yourself to tackle some of your chapter’s problems and/or promote your own members’ ideas to accomplish some of the goals that are not being addressed. Also, if you plan to run for the chapter president position at the end of your term, this is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills. The chapter vice president’s role is an active one. Take advantage of the opportunities at hand and make the most of your position.
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