Board Position Descriptions

The Board of Directors consists of four executive officers, plus up to seven Directors at Large, and serves as the governing body of the NUA. Individuals who sit on the board oversee the NUA’s activities and meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization.

President

From the Bylaws: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have general supervision of the business and activities of the Association; and direct the execution of all measures adopted by the Association for its own progress and for the benefit and progress of the upholstery trade. He/she shall be a member ex-officio of all regular and special committees, shall perform such other duties as are usual to the presidential office and shall appoint the chairpersons of committees in consultation with the other board members.

Duties/expectations: The President is responsible for the strategic management of the organization and its Board of Directors through open lines of communication. The President runs board meetings, appoints committees, and performs other duties as directed by the bylaws. This individual represents the organization in public by giving speeches, writing articles and attending functions on behalf of the organization.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Ensuring the effective action of the Board in governing and supporting the organization
  • Running all Board meetings in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Overseeing all Board affairs; acting as the representative of the Board as a whole
  • Speaking to the media and the community on behalf of the organization; representing the NUA in the community
  • Setting up opportunities for open lines of communication throughout the industry, while representing upholsterer’s needs.
  • Recommending to the Board which committees are to be established; seeking volunteers for committees and coordinating individual Board member assignments; ensuring each committee has a Chairperson and that their work is carried out.
  • Ensuring that Board matters are handled properly, including the preparation of the agenda and pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and the recruitment and orientation of new Board members
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must not have been removed from office within the last three (3) years.
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess a high degree of professionalism
  • Must possess the ability to speak confidently and knowledgeably to members and the public on behalf of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.orgPlease include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.


Vice President

From the Bylaws: The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President and shall assist that office in the discharge of its leadership duties.

Duties/expectations: The Vice President is responsible for the strategic management of the organization and its Board of Directors through open lines of communication. This individual serves as the Board leader when the President is not present, such as during official Board meetings.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Running all Board meetings in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order, in the absence of the President.
  • Speaking to the media and the community on behalf of the organization; representing the NUA in the community
  • Setting up opportunities for opening lines of communication throughout the industry, while representing upholsterer’s needs.
  • Ensuring that the responsibilities of the committees are being carried out.
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess a high degree of professionalism
  • Must possess the ability to speak confidently and knowledgeably to members and the public on behalf of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org. Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Secretary

From the Bylaws: The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings and set the agenda of the Board of Directors, shall keep an accurate list of the directors, and shall have the authority to certify any records, or copies of records, as the official records of the organization. The Secretary shall maintain the minutes of the Board of Directors' meetings and ensure minutes are distributed to all board members shortly after each meeting.

Duties/expectations: The Secretary ensures that Board meetings are effectively organized and recorded. This individual maintains all records and administration and acts as an information and reference point for the Board and all committees.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Giving Board notice of all meetings
  • Receiving agenda items from committee members
  • Ensuring that committees submit the necessary documents for board meetings
  • Keeping an accurate list of all sitting Board Members, including contact information
  • Keeping an official record of all Board votes
  • Certifying any records or copies of records as the official records of the NUA
  • Maintaining the minutes of all Board of Directors meetings
  • Ensuring that all minutes are distributed to the Board members shortly after each meeting
  • Posting all minutes to the NUA membership portal
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average three to five (3-5) hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must be methodical, with a good eye for detail
  • Must bring objectivity to the proceedings
  • Must be able to take accurate notes of meetings
  • Must have knowledge or experience of procedures in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org. Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.


Treasurer

From the Bylaws: The Treasurer shall be responsible for conducting the financial affairs of the organization as directed and authorized by the Board of Directors if any, shall provide the annual budget for board members approval, and shall make reports of corporate finances as required, but no less often than at each meeting of the Board of Directors.

Duties/expectations: The treasurer manages day-to-day spending, while making sure that the annual budget is in line with the NUA’s overall mission. This individual shall keep full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements, deposit all money, checks and other obligations to the credit of the NUA, in such depository as may be designated by the Board of Directors. In addition, the Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the NUA only in accordance with due authorization of the Board of Directors, render a statement of account and transactions whenever required by the Board of Directors, and make a complete annual statement at each annual meeting of the NUA.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Providing the annual budget for board members approval
  • Making reports of corporate finances as required, but no less often than at each meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Managing public funds including cash flow and reimbursement
  • Developing systems to ensure the organization’s solvency
  • Completing needed annual filings including Form 990
  • Conducting annual audit
  • Facilitating the transition of names on the bank account (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) in January during the transition to newly elected officers.
  • Serving on the Finance Committee
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must have a financial qualification or relevant experience
  • Must be capable of handling figures and cash
  • Must be methodical, with a good eye for detail

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org. Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Directors at Large (7)

From the Bylaws: Collaborates closely with the officers of the board in the administration of the ongoing activities of the Association. Attends all board meetings and important related meetings and makes a serious commitment to actively participate in committee work.

Duties/expectations: Directors are responsible for upholding the values and objectives of the organization. They attend meetings, receive updates, and vote on board matters. These individuals have the right to make motions, discuss them, and vote on them. They serve on the organization’s committees, often as the Chairperson.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing for meetings by reading and acknowledging the proposed agenda and accompanying committee documents prior to the meeting.
  • Serving on at least one committee and acting as an interface between the committee and the Board. Directors may hold the Chair position of a committee but officers cannot.
  • Promoting the NUA and its mission.
  • Conducting oneself in a professional manner in industry settings both online and in person.
  • As a current board member, when the board is transitioning in July, meeting with incoming board members as a group to discuss your role, requirements, and committee.
  • As an incoming board member, meeting with each current board member to better understand the structure of the association during July (first month as new member).
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the Association, the Board, and its members.
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess demonstrated management and leadership experience
  • Must adhere to high ethical standards
  • Must be able to think independently and work collaboratively
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org. Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

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