Member of the Board of Directors | Position Description and Expectations

Purpose:  The Board of Directors, made up of individual board members, shall have authority and responsibilities for supervising the general operation of the organization in meeting its mission.

Mission Statement: The mission of WISAM is to improve the care and treatment of people with the disease of addiction and advance the practice of Addiction Medicine.

*Major responsibilities:

  • Organization leadership and advisement

  • Engage in strategic decisions that enhance the organization's ability to fulfill its mission

  • Organization of the board of directors, officers, and committees

  • Formulation and oversight of bylaws

  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget

  • Oversight of program planning and evaluation

  • Review of organization and programmatic reports

  • Promotion of the organization including membership growth and fellow advancement

*Members of the board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of WISAM. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on their experience and vantage point in the community.

Length of term: Depends on the position.

Meetings and time commitment:

  • The board of directors meets virtually a minimum of four (4) times during a year at such time, place, and mode of meetings as the President may determine.

  • The President or any 3 other Board members may also call special meetings of the board.

  • Committees of the board meet virtually at intervals determined by the committee in order to meet workload requirements.

Expectations of board members:

  • Attend 75% of the Board meetings.

  • Chair (or serve) one of the standing committees of the board as necessary.

  • Represent the board by attending WISAM events (educational, networking, co-sponsored events, etc.).

  • Be alert to membership concerns that can be addressed by WISAM's  mission, objectives, and programs.

  • Help communicate and promote WISAM's mission and programs to membership and potential members.

  • Become familiar with WISAM's finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.

  • Understand the bylaws of WISAM.

Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine
563 Carter Court, Suite B,
Kimberly, WI 54136

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