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Job Descriptions and Responsibilities


President responsibilities:


1)  Automatically ascend to the position of the Presidency after being elected and served a one-year term as the Vice President the previous year.

2)  Provides the SUSP vision, mission and values.

3)  Chairs the monthly SUSP Business Meeting with the Executive Committee by telephone/VTC and ad hoc meetings as required. 

4)  Delegates tasks to the members of the Executive Committee with clear guidance, optimal support, and opportunities to successfully complete the assigned tasks.

5)  Counter-sign all SUSP accounts and, with consultation from the executive committee, is the final approval authority on expenditures. 

6)  In the event that the Executive Committee reach a tie on a motion, the President's vote will act as a tiebreaker. 

7)  Leads the coordination and execution of the the annual SUSP Tri-Service Psychiatry Conference and Banquet.

8)  The President attends, as the SUSP Representative, the APA District Branch Leader meetings to address SUSP members concerns and advocate for their interests.

Vice President (VP) responsibilities:


1)  The Vice President, in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President.

2)  The VP oversees all committee functions.

3)  Manages selection and presentation of the Al Glass and other Society awards at the annual SUSP Meeting.

4)  The Vice President participates in monthly SUSP business meetings by telephone/VTC and ad hoc meetings as required.

5)  Attend the annual SUSP Tri-Service Psychiatry Conference held in conjunction with the annual APA conference. 

6)  In accordance with current SUSP bylaws, the Vice President will typically ascend automatically into the position of President after one year, so nominees for Vice President should plan to serve as an officer for a minimum of two years.

7)  Complete tasks assigned by the President.


Secretary responsibilities:


1)  Certifies the written and electronic records of all SUSP meetings and keeps on-line document libraries organized. 

2)  Helps the SUSP administrator issue notices of all meetings; notify officers and members of committees of their election or appointment; and author official documents and other SUSP correspondence. 

3)  Participates in monthly SUSP business meetings by telephone/VTC and ad hoc meetings as required.

4)  Attend the annual SUSP Tri-Service Psychiatry Conference held in conjunction with the annual APA conference.

5)  Complete tasks assigned by the President.

6)  One year term.

Treasurer responsibilities:


1)  Maintains the organization’s financial ledger, pays all expenses using checks or electronic means, and delivers an annual financial report to the Society at the annual business meeting. 

2)  May explore investment opportunities to grow the organization’s financial reserve. 

3)  Participates in monthly SUSP business meetings by telephone/VTC and ad hoc meetings as required.

4)  Attend the annual SUSP Tri-Service Psychiatry Conference held in conjunction with the annual APA conference.

5)  Complete tasks assigned by the President.

6)  One year term. 


Assembly Representative (AR) responsibilities:

 

1)  Attends the official meetings of the APA Assembly in November held in Washington, D.C., and during the Annual APA Conference in May. 

2)  Provide a report back to the Executive Committee after every Assembly meeting and submit a brief summary of proceedings to be distributed to all SUSP members. 

3)  Participates in monthly SUSP business meetings by telephone/VTC and ad hoc meetings as required.

4)  May be asked to participate on SUSP’s behalf in various activities at the APA district and national level. 

5)  Attend the annual SUSP Tri-Service Psychiatry Conference held in conjunction with the annual APA conference. 

6)  Complete tasks assigned by the President.

7)  In accordance with current SUSP bylaws, the Assembly Rep will serve a three-year term in office.

 

 

Responsibilities per the APA:


In order to represent the views of the District Branch, the Assembly Representative shall have the following responsibilities:
1) Attend District Branch, Area Council, and Assembly meetings and be actively involved in Reference Committee and liaison work with other components.
2) Serve on the DB Executive Council.
3) Know the views of the DB or represented group leadership and membership, bring their concerns and requests for action to the Area Council and Assembly, solicit their views regarding already proposed Assembly actions, and represent those views in Area Council and Assembly discussion and floor debate.
4) Craft action papers addressing members concerns, proposing effective and feasible actions, and present such action papers to DB or represented group and Area Council for review before submission to the Assembly.
5) Report the activities of the Assembly back to the membership, both verbally and in writing, through such available means as Executive Council meetings, DB or represented group listservs, and newsletters.
6) Act as a resource for the general membership regarding other mechanisms by which the APA may respond to their needs (e.g., in initiating local legislative efforts and public relations efforts on issues important to psychiatrists and their patients).

7) Recruit members among psychiatrists and trainees, encouraging their participation in DB and national activities, and mentor any members interested in Assembly office.


To read more, see PROCEDURAL CODE OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION

 



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