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The officers of the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board shall be the MGA Chair, the immediate Past MGA Chair, and the MGA Treasurer.  They shall serve as voting members of MGA Board and the MGA Operations Committee.

The MGA Secretary shall be an ex-officio Officer without vote on the MGA Board and the MGA Operations Committee.

The MGA Assembly shall select the Vice Chairs. The term of office of Vice Chairs shall be for one year. A Vice Chair, having served one term, shall be eligible to be re-appointed for up to two additional one-year terms, not to exceed 3 years total service in this position. Vice Chairs shall fulfill the responsibilities as defined herein and report to the MGA Board on their Committees' activities.

All positions are expected to attend all meetings of the MGA Board and the MGA Operations Committee, to be informed on the issues, and to participate in the discussions.

** To nominate someone or yourself for an MGA Board position (VP-MGA/MGA Chair, MGA Vice Chair, or MGA Treasurer), please submit an online Nomination Form. **

This Web page includes a brief description of the responsibilities and skills for each MGA Board position. Detailed position descriptions, including time commitments (PDF, 111 KB), are available.

 

Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities/MGA Board Chair

The MGA Chair shall serve a term of one year and may be re-elected.  Upon completion of the term of office, the MGA Chair unless re-elected, shall serve as Past MGA Chair. 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as Chair of the Member and Geographic Activities Board.
  • Serve as a voting member of the IEEE Board of Directors, as Vice President-Member and Geographic Activities.
  • Serve as Chair of MGA Operations Committee.
  • Serve ex officio on all MGA committees except MGA Nominations and Appointments, and participates as required.
  • Provide advice and support for staff in Member Services, including the renewal process, customer services, etc. Be informed about matters of concern for the effective operation of the Department.
  • Provide advice and guidance for MGA committees. Be informed about internal and external matters of concern with respect to these committees.
  • Provide a review of policy and other matters brought by other organizational units to the IEEE Board with respect to MGA areas of interest.
  • In conjunction with the Managing Director, Member and Geographic Activities, and the MGA Board, develop a long range strategy for MGA.
  • In conjunction with the Managing Director, Member and Geographic Activities, and the MGA Board, develop a project priorities list to implement the MGA strategy. 
  • Work with Regional Directors and geographic organizational units on behalf of the IEEE, where necessary or appropriate.
  • Oversee MGA financial operations. Work with the MGA Treasurer, MGA Finance Director and the Managing Director, Member and Geographic Activities, to develop a budget and coordinate the financial operation of the department.
  • Assist in the development of agendas for MGA Board and MGA Operations Committee meetings.
  • Identify, encourage, nominate, and mentor candidates for higher volunteer positions within IEEE.
  • Make such appointments to MGA committees as may be appropriate.
  • Must be able to commit a significant amount of time to the position.

The Past MGA Chair will have just completed a term of office as Chair, Member and Geographic Activities Board.  In the event of the unavailability of the immediate Past MGA Chair, the most recent past MGA Chair available and willing to serve shall serve as Past MGA Chair.

Responsibilities

  • Report administratively to the MGA Chair.  Acts for MGA Chair in the absence of, or at the request of, the MGA Chair.
  • Shall normally serve as Chair of the MGA Nominations & Appointments (N&A) Committee.  In accordance with the Committee Charter, preside over meetings of the MGA N&A Committee, report MGA N&A activities to MGA and oversee the MGA N&A Process.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by MGA or the MGA Chair/Vice President, Member & Geographic Activities, as appropriate.
  • Bring appropriate Committee items to the attention of the responsible MGA Standing Committee or MGA.
  • Serve as a member of the IEEE N&A Committee.

 

 
 

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MGA Treasurer

The MGA Treasurer shall be appointed by the MGA Assembly and serve as the Chief Financial Officer of MGA and Chair of the MGA Finance Committee.  The term of office shall be for one year.  Having served one term, he/she shall be eligible to be re-appointed for up to two additional one-year terms, not to exceed 3 consecutive years of total service in this position.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member and attend all meetings of the IEEE Finance Committee. Reports on the progress and activities of the MGA Finance Committee and IEEE Finance Committee to MGA and the MGA Operations Committee.
  • Report administratively to the MGA Chair.
  • Ensure sound financial management of MGA funds.
  • Work with the Managing Director of the Member and Geographic Activities Department to develop the MGA budget including the rolling three to five year financial plan.
  • Approve expenditures as necessary and appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with IEEE policies and procedures in all financial matters relating to the MGA Board and MGA Standing Committees.
 
 

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Common Characteristics and Common Skills of MGA Vice Chair Positions

Common Characteristics

  • Must possess a willingness to develop an understanding of the Strategic Vision of MGA and commit to its implementation and operating principles.
  • Should have five to ten years of increasingly responsible management experience and excellent leadership qualities.
  • Should have experience in translating strategic vision into tactical action and providing direction and guidance to the design and implementation teams that carry out the mission.
  • Must be able to gain an understanding of the role of information technology in enabling MGA functions.

Common Skills

  • Demonstrated tactical management experience.
  • Demonstrated management skills in a volunteer led organization that operates by consensus. Negotiating skill a definite plus. 
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cross-cultural and transnational issues.
  • Demonstrated superior written and oral communication skills and organizational ability. 
  • Demonstrated relationship and consensus building in a collaborative working environment
  •  Understanding of remote / electronic working environments and associated tools. (Willingness to learn)
 
 

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MGA Vice Chair-Geographic Unit Operations

 Responsibilities

  • Responsible for design, development, and implementation of the support model for the Geographic Units.
  • Recommend policy for effective operation of the Geographic Units. 
  • Oversight of Geographic Unit operations and the support structures.
  • The development of parameters to be included in the funding model for supporting the Geographic Units (for the MGA Finance Committee to use in allocating resources).
  • The monitoring and promotion of Geographic Unit activities related to MGA objectives (Member Engagement, Professional Development, Public Imperatives, etc.).

Additional Skills

  • Familiarity with Geographic Unit Operations below MGA.
  • Ability to think creatively.
  • Familiarity with MGA Vision and Goals.
  • The ability to recognize and cultivate the diversity of member and member needs, varying member life cycles, cultures, collaborative spirit.
 
 

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MGA Vice Chair-Information Management

 Responsibilities

  • Works with MGA and IEEE IT staff in coordinating the coordination of architecture, development, timeline and other issues relative to electronic communication, information collection and automation for areas related to the MGA.

Additional Skills

  • Ability to represent needs to ensure appropriate prioritization, integration and implementation.
  • Ability to derive requirements from expressions of need.
  • Ability to interface with the other MGA leaders to ensure that MGA information and IT needs are identified, prioritized and whenever possible met.
 
 

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MGA Vice Chair-Member Development

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the coordination of policy involving all aspects of the member experience, member engagement, growth and development throughout the member life cycle and throughout the IEEE.
  • Coordinating the requirements that IEEE has of the member.
  • The development, through shared responsibility, of supporting methodologies in the critical areas of member information, education and training.

Additional Skills

  • Proven success in a diverse team oriented environment.
  • Supports "engagement" model and understands how to relate it to other organization units.
  • Experience with Technical Activities is a plus.
  • The ability to recognize and cultivate the diversity of member and member needs, varying member lifecycles, cultures, and have a collaborative spirit.
 
 

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MGA Vice Chair-Strategic Management and Analysis

Responsibilities

  • Development and maintenance of MGA Strategic Direction.
  • Continual assessment of the strategic forces impacting the direction of the MGA.
  • The development of the tactical objectives (12-24 month window) and monitoring the impact to the MGA direction.
  • The definition and monitoring of the “critical success factors” affecting the member and the operations of the Geographic Units.
  • Alignment of the MGA Strategic Direction and Objectives with those of the IEEE.
  • Dissemination of the Strategic and Vision to the Geographic Units and provide assistance in their planning activities.

Additional Skills

  • Ability to think outside of the box.
  • Knowledge of the environmental factors affecting the member and the Geographic Units, ability to deal with a high level of abstraction.
  • Management skills associated with a matrix reporting and operating structure.
 
 

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