Position Description - President-Elect


The board of directors is collectively accountable to the members. They are responsible for the Association’s performance in relation to its mission and strategic objectives, and for the effective stewardship of financial and human resources. The president-elect serves and is accountable to the board of directors of the Association.  


  • The president-elect has no formal authority to direct the board or the affairs of the Association, unless otherwise authorized. Like other board directors, the president-elect is entitled to make motions and vote on matters before the Association  
  • The president-elect may not, on behalf of the Association, enter into contracts without the knowledge and approval of the board and/or the officers of the board  


  • Board directors have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best long-term interests of the Association and its membership  
  • It is expected that board directors, including the president-elect, will bring to the task of informed decision-making a broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective
  • Prepare for assumption of presidential duties after the elect year

Term of office

  • The president-elect shall not hold the office of president-elect for more than one term of two (2) years unless appointed to fill a vacancy in the office 

​Transition to president 

  • The president-elect will succeed to the office of president after one year as president-elect
  • The individual elected as president-elect shall, immediately following the annual meeting held in the second year following the year in which she/he was elected president-elect, automatically become president of the Association  
  • The president-elect will succeed to the office of president should the presidency become vacant during an unfinished term. In the event that the president-elect is appointed president to complete the unexpired term of office of a president who has ceased to act, notwithstanding any other provisions of the bylaw, after such completion of the unexpired term, such person shall automatically commence his or her own term as president of the Association at the time as such person would have completed the term of office as president-elect  

Time commitment

  • Attendance at board meetings, preparing for board meetings, participating in committees and attending special events as required
  • Time commitment ranges from 6 – 20 hours per month
Primary duties

In addition to the duties of a board director, the president-elect will:

  • Assist the chair in providing leadership in setting goals, objectives and future directions for the Association
  • Perform such duties as may be requested or assigned by the board or by the chair
  • Serve as acting chair in the absence or disability of the chair, assume all authority conferred upon the office of chair, and perform all duties for which the chair is responsible until the chair can resume duties
  • In partnership with the chair, develop and facilitate the transition from president-elect to president
  • Serve as member of the Finance and Audit Committee


  • Current practising or non-practising member of Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • Currently registered and in good standing with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • Note: A person in good standing is regarded as having complied with all the explicit obligations as a registered nurse, while not being subject to any form of sanction, suspension or disciplinary censure
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and issues related to registered nursing practice in a complex and ever-changing health care system
  • Commitment to the Association’s mission and strategic directions
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Previous experience serving on boards (either for-profit or nonprofit)
  • Evidence of commitment to, and a clear understanding of the mission, vision and values of the Association
  • Knowledge of meeting procedures, governance policies and by-laws of the Association
  • Availability and ability to devote time and energy to his/her primary duties
  • Have a minimum of 10 years professional work experience as a registered nurse, or a suitable combination of nursing practice and other relevant professional experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills 

Development and evaluation

The president-elect shall regularly consult with the chair on their expectations related to the president-elect’s role and to assess his/her strengths and areas for improved effectiveness.

Removal of president-elect 

In addition to the criteria outlined for removal of board directors (as per bylaw 4.6):

  • Subject to the provisions of the Act, the members may, by resolution of a two-thirds majority of voting members passed at a special meeting of members, remove the president -elect from office and the vacancy created by such removal may be filled at the same meeting, failing which it may be filled by the directors