Newsletter of the Society for Technical Communication, San Francisco Chapter
The chapter president guides the chapter leadership to establish goals and to create strategies to meet those goals. The president also manages projects, solves problems, administers chapter business, determines and implements financial policies, submits reports to the STC, presides over the monthly chapter meetings, leads bimonthly leadership meetings, and recruits volunteers to work for the chapter.
In addition, the chapter president, when needed, steps in to help out on chapter leadership activities. This is one reason why the chapter president should have a history of working as part of the chapter leadership in a variety of other roles. The president then knows the responsibilities of the other chapter leaders and can pitch in when needed.
This list of duties is not exhaustive, however. This position also requires knowledge of STC rules, regulations, and procedures. In fact, the annual STC conference hosts a Leadership Day in which chapter leaders obtain more information on how to run their chapters effectively.
The chapter president, to paraphrase a sentence from our chapter handbook, "Should have the ability to encourage the chapter volunteers to contribute their time and energy to advance the technical writing profession," and during the process, practice and develop one's own professional management skills.