Board Positions

See who currently holds these positions.

President – The president of WCA is responsible for leading the board, coordinating the board’s activities, presiding at board and membership meetings and representing WCA in the community. The president serves as ex officio member of all committees (except nominating).

President-Elect – The president-elect ensures the smooth transition of leadership from the president in the following year. The president-elect serves as an advisor to the president and the board. The president-elect also coordinates the yearly award process for Banner Brunch. In addition, the president-elect assumes specific projects at the request of the president of the board of directors and presides at meetings in the absence of the president.

Chairs the following committees:

Banner Brunch Awards Committee, which reviews and selects the year’s Banner Brunch awards recipients

Past President – The past president serves as an advisor and mentor to the board and membership. The past president also chairs the nominating committee which selects the following year’s board of directors. This position also promotes the scholarship fund and works with the Student Affairs VP to generate nominations.

Chairs the following committees:
Board Nominating Committee which selects the following year’s board of directors

Scholarship Selection Committee which awards scholarships at Banner Brunch

SecretaryThe secretary keeps an accurate account of the proceedings of all meetings of WCA and the board of directors. The secretary facilitates communications within the organization by distributing reports and minutes to board members and preparing monthly calendars of upcoming events to be distributed at monthly membership luncheons. Additional duties include various administrative tasks as needed and semi-monthly mail checks.

Committee positions:
Tech Committee Chair

Treasurer – The treasurer is responsible for bank account maintenance, monthly financial reports, reimbursement requests, obtaining and filing tax reports, and depositing funds.

Vice President of Programs – This position is responsible for planning and securing speakers for the bimonthly luncheon/evening meetings for 6 events per year. The VP of Programs is responsible for submitting a communications brief to the communications committee to promote each event. The VP of Programs must attend each event, acting as host to the speakers and introducing them to the audience.

Vice President of Membership – This position is in charge of recruiting new members, assisting prospective members and retaining current members. This position implements key strategies to encourage and increase member engagement (i.e.: corresponding, hosting events such as Connect Over Cocktails, annual holiday party) and manages the WCA membership database.

Committee positions:
Member Retention Chair

Member Recruitment Chair

Vice President of DevelopmentThis board member manages sponsorship opportunities to help WCA cover operating costs, grants, and philanthropy funds. The VP of development recruits both one-time and year-round sponsors. Duties include establishing and refining sponsorship categories, soliciting sponsorships, and tracking memorials and honorariums. This position ensures that sponsors receive appropriate benefits and extends sponsor appreciation.

Committees positions:
Sponsorship Fulfillment Chair

Sponsorship Communications Liaison

Vice President of Professional Development – The vice president of professional development plans and implements the annual Get Smart conference and may plan other workshops or seminars throughout the year which offer training and the opportunity to learn about trends and developments in the communications workplace.

Vice President of Special Programs – The vice president of special programs coordinates the organization’s annual awards banquet and philanthropic fundraising event, Banner Brunch. Responsibilities include securing a keynote speaker, driving registrations, coordinating banquet arrangements and soliciting donations for gift bags and the silent auction.

Vice President of Career Services – The vice president of career services oversees career services for WCA members. This position manages the job bank and promotes the job network to potential employers and WCA members, and manages the resume review and mentor programs. The VP of career services also coordinates networking events, including Careers Over Coffee.

Committees positions:
Mentor Committee Chair

Careers Over Coffee Committee Chairs

Job Bank Coordination Chair

Resume Review Chair

Vice President of Freelance Programming – The vice president of freelance programming serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and Freelance Austin, which is a special interest group of WCA. He/she also serves as Committee Chair of Freelance Austin.

Vice President of Communications – The vice president of communications coordinates communications activities to promote WCA programs and events. This position works with other board members to schedule activities and follows best practices in communications. The VP of Communications audits communications channels and recommends new media and approaches. He/she will also review the committee structure under this role and adjust as needed.

Committee positions:
Social Media Chair

Design Chair

Newsletter Editor

Publicity Chair

Website Editor

Writers

Vice President of Student Programming – The vice president of student programming acts as the communication and support link from our organization to college students pursuing a career in the communications field and supporting student member groups at area universities by providing speakers. This position serves as the contact person for businesses and individuals seeking to post internship and job opportunities in the student network and plans activities with student members, such as Speed Mentoring.

Vice President of Volunteer Coordination – The vice president of volunteer coordination manages all volunteer requests and inquiries to match volunteers with committees that fit the volunteer interests and goals and where help is needed. This board member keeps an ongoing relationship with board members, all volunteers and coordinates volunteer appreciation initiatives. The volunteer coordinator actively encourages all board members to mentor and ready their committee volunteers for leadership succession, making the annual process of board transitions easier.