The ideal relationship between the chief staff executive (“AE”) and the president is one of shared responsibilities and a working partnership, recognizing that each is primarily in charge of different aspects of the association. Recognizing that both the AE and president’s roles often depend on the size of the association, collaboration, communication and dialogue are imperative. One way to enhance dialogue between the president and AE is to discuss issues common to both. A job functions summary or task list can help accomplish this.
By working together on this summary, association presidents and AEs can gain a new perspective on their relationship. A structured format in which AEs and presidents share ideas and expectations about their jobs and lines of responsibility can help their relationship begin and remain strong, ultimately benefiting the members.
The purpose of this checklist is to help association presidents and AEs determine the division of duties between the elected leadership and association staff.