NHS Chapter Vice President
The vice president's primary and very necessary position is of being the official replacement for the president should the president fail to function or be unable to fulfill responsibilities. This job is viewed by many as insignificant and nothing more than a popular figurehead position.
It doesn't need to be that way. The vice president, more than any other officer, has the opportunity to be creative in the position beyond the primary job description. The vice president is the president's closest student adviser and assistant. The vice president and president must work very closely together to create a productive Honor Society. The president can't be everywhere and do everything required of the chapter's leader. There must also be another—a vice president—to assist and lead.
In many chapters, the president serves as the point-person, the person out in front of everyone. The vice president can then serve as the behind-the-scene person who plans, organizes, schedules, and oversees to make sure the chapter work is done.
The Vice President's Challenge
To be successful as an Honor Society vice president, you need to know how to handle many types of situations. You must be mature, organized, have sound judgment, and have the ability to work with many different kinds of people and personalities. Keeping the delicate balance between leading and encouraging other officers and chapter members to take on leadership responsibilities is the vice president's challenge. There is also the practical side of being vice president that requires energy, careful management of time, and a good relationship with the president, chapter members, committees, and even the student body.
The Vice President needs to:
- Be prepared to assume the president's duties whenever necessary.
- Work closely with the president and have frequent, scheduled meetings.
- Assist in planning chapter meetings and agendas.
- Serve as an ex-officio member of each committee, attending meetings as possible.
- Work behind the scenes to help iron out differences between people.
- Give assistance, guidance, and praise when appropriate.
- Act as a facilitator of group discussion by summarizing, clarifying, etc.
- Maintain frequent contact with faculty and administrators.
- Work closely with the chapter adviser.
- Represent chapter at school, community, and civic organization meetings.
- Participate in Honor Society-sponsored activities.
- Support the purposes of your chapter, meet deadlines, and achieve goals.
- Assume other duties as assigned by the president, such as serving as parliamentarian or meeting manager to keep meetings operating smoothly.
- Oversee individual member service and ensure that members are meeting their service requirements.