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Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC) Position Descriptions


PRESIDENT

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: Serves as the presiding officer of the association and exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office except as limited by the AAA bylaws. The President represents the association in all matters. All actions of the President are the actions of the organization as a whole. In addition to specific responsibilities and qualifications noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities and requirements specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Calls the meetings of the Executive Board.
  2. Establishes the agenda for, and preside at all meetings of the Executive Board.
  3. Appoints members to special committees, commissions, taskforces, and working groups.
  4. Calls and presides over the annual business meeting of the membership.
  5. Participates in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the association.
  6. Serves as a principal spokesperson for the organization.
  7. Serves as AAA representative at any section meetings and/or other relevant association or external organization meetings.
  8. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

Selection: The President is elected by the membership at large

Term of Office: Two-year term as president.

Requirements:

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member.


PRESIDENT-ELECT/VICE PRESIDENT 

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: Assumes duties in the event of absence, death, resignation or incapacity of the President. Exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office. In addition to specific responsibilities noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Serves as Chair of the  Executive Board Long Range Planning committee.
  2. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  3. In the absence of the President, fulfills those duties as noted in the President’s job description.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

Selection: The President-Elect/Vice President is elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Two-year term.

Requirements: Same as Executive Board member.

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member.


SECRETARY

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: The secretary is the corporate secretary and as such exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office. In addition to specific responsibilities noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for minutes of Executive Board meetings. AAA practice is to assign staff to take the minutes at Executive Board meetings, assisted by the secretary as needed.
  2. Certifies results of all Association-wide elections.
  3. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Selection: The Secretary is elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Three-year term.

Requirements: Same as Executive Board member.

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member


EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Reports to: N/A

Overall Responsibility: A member of the AAA Executive Board (EB) helps to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. (All authority contained in this job description should be understood to be those as part of the Executive Board as a unit and no individual authority is inferred.)

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain knowledge of the American Anthropological Association bylaws, structure, activities, and processes.
  2. Maintain a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  3. Meet at least once annually and at such other times as may be deemed necessary.
  4. Serve as a member of the Association Operations Committee or the Association Operations Committee.
  5. Appoint, set objectives and parameters, and evaluate the Executive Director.
  6. Appoint the Association Treasurer, and the Editors of the American Anthropologist and other association special publications and monographs.
  7. Authorize committees, define their duties, receive their reports, and take action as required.
  8. Authorize the establishment of new AAA Sections and Interest Groups, and create the policies and procedures for their continued maintenance.
  9. Appoint representatives to other bodies, define their duties, and receive their reports.
  10. Establish association public policy positions.
  11. Establish association governing policies.
  12. Authorize revenues and expenditures of Association funds through the annual budget process or as needed during other times of the year.
  13. Establish appropriate fiscal policies and controls.

Selection: Executive Board members are elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Three-year term.

Requirements: Executive Board members will abide by the association's Conflict of Interest Policies and will annually sign the conflict of interest statement.

Qualifications:


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Objectives: To organize materials and recommend candidates for all open, elected AAA positions.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
  2. To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
  3. To meet annually to discuss nominations
  4. To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
  5. To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendations

Membership and Appointment:

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: The committee meets once a year in the fall; prior to the EB meeting at the Annual Meeting

Staff Liaison and contact information: Kim Baker, Manager, Organizational Governance


 

ELECTED M-PAAC MEMBERS

Objectives:

The Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC) is convened by the Executive Board for the purpose of responding to AAA member needs and interests, with a particular focus on the key areas of ethics, human rights, labor and workforce, public policy, racialized minorities, gender equity, the practicing-applied-public sector, and world anthropologies as these areas relate to anthropology, anthropologists and the Association.

In keeping with the values of collaboration, dialogue, diversity, equity, solidarity and transparency, the committee is responsible for the implementation of the Association's education, advocacy and advisory program related to Anthropology and each of the following ongoing issues and engagements:

Duration of Committee:  Permanent

The AAA Executive Board will review and make recommendations regarding the organization and responsibilities of this committee after 2 years of its initial launch (in November 2019), and make modifications to its structure where necessary.

Term of Office: 3-year terms

Committee Reports to:  The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

Membership and Appointment:

The committee consists of 2 subcommittees, one AAA member-focused and the other, public-oriented. The committee is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association's ethics, rights, and status education and advisory, both internally with the membership of the AAA and externally with the people and groups with whom anthropologists work.  AAA Member and Public-Oriented programs and projects are articulated and prioritized through dialogue at the intersection of the two sub-committees.  Task forces and working groups are created as needed to respond to M-PAAC priorities, determined in consultation with the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

23 member committee including the Chairs and EB Liaisons (if appointed)

1 overall chair

2 subcommittee chairs       

10 elected members

8 appointed members

2 EB liaisons if appointed.

Human Rights Seat: Promote, protect and expand the definition of human rights within an anthropological perspective; mobilize anthropologists support for human rights; develop an anthropological perspective on human rights; consult with other entities on human rights violations and the appropriate actions to be taken; and encourage research on all aspects of human rights from conceptual to applied.

Ethics Seat: Design and implement the Association's ethics education and advisory program, which includes: providing ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; providing advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas; and providing guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.

Gender Equity Seat: Monitor the status of gender equity in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association; and advise the Executive Board on the status of gender equity in the discipline and the Association to educate members.

Labor Seat: Provide information about labor conditions of untenured anthropologists in US colleges and universities; advise the Executive Board on appropriate actions on the basis of that information; monitor labor conditions in AAA Annual meetings venues; and provide the Executive Board information on labor conditions as requested.

Minority Issues Seat: Foster professional advancement of U.S. racialized minorities in anthropology and attract such minorities to and retain them in the discipline and the Association; promote intellectual awareness within the discipline and Association of issues that face such minority anthropologists; and help define anthropology's role in U.S. discourses on racism.

Practicing Seat: Explore and engage the range of issues that have emerged or are emerging as a result of the increasing employment of anthropologists outside of the academy doing work as practicing anthropologists, applied anthropologist and anthropologists in the public sector. 

Public Policy Seat: Enhance the participation of AAA entities and members, and the visibility of contributions by anthropologists in the area of public policy. 

World Anthropologies Seat: Develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together; promote awareness of different anthropological practices and traditions; and foster cooperation between anthropologists and anthropological associations in different countries.

ProductDevelop reports, policy statements, and recommend actions to Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: In person once a year at the annual meeting and via conference call as needed.

Staff Liaisons and Contact Information:  Overall Liaison: Ushma Suvarnakar usuvarnakar@americananthro.org , Inward Facing Liaison: Janine McKenna jmckenna@americananthro.org ,Outward Facing: Jeff Martin jmartin@americananthro.org


 

 



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