Board Vice Chair – Sample Position Description

Authority for Electing the Board Vice Chair

The bylaws of [Name of Ministry] stipulate that the board of directors shall annually elect a Vice Chair. (Note: The bylaws may provide for an election cycle other than an annual election.)


Completed two years of board membership term and have an understanding of parliamentary procedures.


The Vice Chair is elected by the board for a one-year term in accordance with the bylaws.


  • Commitment to the work of the ministry;
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of board governance: policy, finance, programs, and personnel;
  • Regular attendance at periodic board meetings;
  • Prepare for, and participate in, the discussions and the deliberations of the board;
  • Foster a positive working relationship with other board members and the organization’s staff; and
  • Be aware of, and abstain from, any real or perceived conflicts of interest

Major duties

  • Assume Board Chair position in the absence of the Chair at board meetings;
  • Be an active member of the Executive Committee (if there is one); and
  • Adhere to the general duties outlined in the board member job description

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