The board of directors develops and updates the mission, strategic core and strategic directions for RAPS; establishes policy, directs the activities of the elected officials and committees; and approves all action pertaining to the business of RAPS.
The board meets three to four times per year, with half-day to one-day meetings, and conducts other business through teleconference and/or electronic communications. Members of the board must be able to allocate appropriate time and attention to the work of the board and to work on behalf of RAPS without regard to personal gain. Where possible, board members are encouraged to support some travel expenses with their employer’s support.
The president-elect serves for one year in this position and then automatically assumes the position of president and the chairman of the board. In addition to assuming all responsibilities of a board member to guide RAPS and assure the organization’s integrity.
The president-elect must have extensive experience and stature in the profession and among related organizations; understand the strategic directions for RAPS; have the ability to effectively manage the board of directors; and have knowledge of related financial and policy matters. The president-elect must be able to represent RAPS and the profession before regulatory and scientific organizations, business officials and other individuals/organizations critical to the profession and RAPS.
Directors, along with the officers, are responsible for identifying strategic opportunities and directions RAPS and the profession, assuring the operational integrity and effectiveness of the organizations, developing policies, and promoting and representing RAPS and the profession. Directors serve a three year term and may be re-nominated to a second term
Directors must have demonstrated regulatory expertise and experience and be able to identify and articulate opportunities for the profession and RAPS. Directors should be able to contribute to developing strategic directions of the organizations as well as assessing the effectiveness of operations and finances.
The treasurer works with the board, executive director and staff to ensure that RAPS' financial status, processes and records follow good business practice, are in accordance with association standards and are aligned with the goals and objectives established by the board. The treasurer will review RAPS' financial status at least quarterly and report the status at every board meeting. The treasurer serves a three-year term as the financial officer of RAPS, member of the board of directors and its executive committee, and chair of the finance committee.
The treasurer must possess a solid understanding of finance, budgeting, accounting and related business matters; be committed to RAPS and its mission, values and objectives; and be familiar with its organization, policies, and products and services. The treasurer must also be able to communicate important financial information, ideas and concepts to other members of the board, staff and other stakeholders.