Bylaws

National Organization for Human Service

Article I: Purpose

1.1 The National Organization for Human Services (hereafter referred to as the National Organization) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to (a) provide a medium for collaboration, communication, and connections among individuals associated with the field of human services; (b) facilitate excellence in the delivery of human services; (c) support the ethical conduct in the human service field (d) foster excellence in teaching, research and curriculum planning; (e) serve members in their professional development; and (f) promote social justice.

Article II: Membership

2.1 Membership shall be open to all persons and organizations involved with or interested in human services.

2.2  ship eligibility shall be defined by the Board of Directors.

2.3 Termination of membership may occur by (a) resignation or (b) violation of the National Organization's bylaws or for unethical conduct as defined by the ethical standards for Human Services professionals.

2.4 All members shall have equal voting privileges and may vote in person, by other methods of technology, or in absentia by contacting the National Organization Secretary to request an absentee ballot.

Article III: Meetings

3.1 An annual meeting of all members shall be held once per year at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors. Written notice of annual meetings shall be provided to all Members 90 days prior to the date scheduled for the meeting.

Article IV: Board of Directors

4.1 The activities and affairs of the National Organization shall be conducted by a Board of Directors that meets at least once each year. One such meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual membership meeting.

4.2 Members of the National Organization shall elect the Officers and Other Elected Members of the Board of Directors through annual elections. In the event of a vacancy in any  elected position, other than at the annual election, the President with the approval of the Board of Directors may appoint a qualified member of the National Organization to serve the remainder of the term.

4.2a The Board, by majority vote, may establish a special election to fill a vacant elected position at a time other than the annual election when it is in the best interest of the organization.

4.3 The Board of Directors shall be composed of Officers, Other Elected Members, Regional Representatives, and Appointed Members.

4.4 The Board of Directors shall have the right to hire management services to perform designated tasks of the National Organization.

Article V: Officers of the National Organization

5.1 Officers of the National Organization shall be President, Vice President for Conferences, Vice President for Regional Development, Vice President for Professional Development and Education, Vice President for Public Relations, Secretary, and Treasurer. All officers shall be members of the National Organization, and each, before taking office, must have had a minimum of one year of membership in the National Organization and/or its associates/affiliates with the exception of the President who must have had one year of official service on the Board before taking office. Each officer will be elected for a two-year term and may be re-elected for one additional term. Each officer shall provide a report to the membership at the annual meeting.

5.2 The President shall perform all duties normally incident to the office such as presiding over meetings of the Board of Directors and the annual Membership meeting and shall select recipients of the annual President's Awards. The President shall be elected in even numbered years.

5.2a In the event of the President’s position becoming vacant prior to the end of the elected term the order of succession will be the Vice President for Regional Development.

5.3 The Vice President for Conferences shall oversee the planning and implementation of the National Organization's annual conference under the direction of the Board of Directors and in collaboration with the regional site coordinator(s) and the conference presentation proposal committee. Duties shall include preparation of a detailed proposed budget as part of the annual fiscal process and a full post-conference report, including a final financial report, which shall be presented to the Board of Directors within 90 days of the annual meeting. The VP will oversee the solicitation of nominations for and the awarding of the National Organization's awards, scholarships, and grants. The VP shall maintain the criteria for all awards as approved by the Board of Directors and shall recommend to the Board of Directors individuals and organizations to receive the awards (except the President's Award). The Vice President for Conferences will be elected in odd numbered years.

5.4 The Vice President for Regional Development acts as a liaison between the National Organization and its various regions. Such duties may include attendance at regional conferences, programmatic support to regions as they develop, and other support that regions may desire. The Vice President for Regional Development shall be elected in even numbered years.

5.5 The Vice President for Professional Development and Education oversees continuing education and training for the membership. Duties include overseeing committees that acquire permission for continuing Education Units from appropriate professional organizations; offer continuing education opportunities in a variety of forms; and link members to certification opportunities. The VP or their designee serves on the Center for Credentialing and Education Recertification Committee. The Vice President for Professional Development and Education shall be elected in even numbered years.

5.6 The Vice President for Public Relations oversees fund raising, the National Organization's marketing strategy, and media functions. The Vice President for Public Relations shall be elected in even numbered years.

5.7 The Secretary shall ensure the archiving of Bylaws, records of the National Organization, shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors, and of annual Membership meeting.  All minutes of meetings shall be published to members of the board within 30 days of the conclusion of a board meeting. The Secretary shall be elected in odd numbered years.

5.8 The Treasurer shall be the financial officer of the National Organization and oversees the funds, investments and required audits of the National Organization. The Treasurer will coordinate the preparation of an annual budget, provide an account of all transactions and the financial condition of the National Organization at all meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall ensure that liability insurance is in force for the National Organization. The Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years.

Article VI: Other Elected Members of the Board of Directors

6.1 Other elected members of the Board of Directors shall include chairpersons of standing committees (Member Services and Advocacy). Each elected member shall provide a report to the Board of Directors at the time of the annual Membership meeting. Each Committee Chairperson may, as desired or at the direction of the Board of Directors, recruit members of the National Organization to serve as a committee to assist with the responsibilities of the office. Chairpersons of the standing committees shall be elected to a two-year term and may be reelected for one additional term.

6.2 The Member Services Chairperson shall be responsible for fostering the recruitment of new members, the retention of continuing members, awards, member benefits, diversity in the  National Organization, outreach to and support of students, and facilitate publication of the Membership Directory. The Member Services Chairperson shall be elected in odd numbered years.

6.3 The Advocacy Chairperson shall be responsible for facilitating all advocacy efforts of the Board, including managing the process by which issues are brought forward for Board consideration, monitoring national and international developments impacting the field, and liaising with affiliated regions on local issues that have national impact. The Advocacy Chairperson shall be elected in odd numbered years.

Article VII: Regional Representatives on the Board of Directors

7.1Affilate Regions will hold joint membership with the National Organization. The National Organization will act as the administrative support for each Affiliate Region. Members of Affiliate Regions and National Organization will receive all benefits and privileges of National Organization in addition to those provided by the Regional Organizations.

7.1a Associate Regions share common concerns and goals with the National Organization. Membership in each remains independent of each other. The National Organization will maintain a cooperative relationship with the Associate Regions. The Associate Regions will have representation on the National Board.

7.2 Affiliate or Associate region of the National Organization chooses one Representative to serve on the Board of Directors for no more than two consecutive two year terms. Regional Representatives are liaisons between the National Organization and their regions, working to strengthen both the region and the National Organization through collaboration and cooperation.

Article VIII: Appointed Members of the Board of Directors

8.1 The Appointed Members are the Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society representative and Chair of the Ethics Committee, serving at the pleasure of the board for as long as agreed.

Article IX: The Executive Committee

9.1 The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, Past-President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer.  A quorum is a majority of members in attendance. The Executive Committee may be required, under certain circumstances (as clarified in Robert's Rule of Order) to manage the activities and affairs of the National Organization. The President shall report in writing to the Board of Directors, within thirty days, any action taken by the Executive Committee. Meetings may be held and decisions made both in person and by technological means.

Article X: Elections

10.1 The immediate Past-president will act as the chairperson of the elections nominating committee. Each Affiliate/Associate region of the National Organization will provide one person to serve on the committee.

10.2 The nominating committee will establish a time line for election completion each year not to exceed the date of the annual membership meeting.

Article XI: Amendments

11.1 These By Laws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members voting whether present or by proxy as described in 2.4. Proposed changes to the By Laws must be made available to Members at least 30 days in advance of any vote to change.

revised February 15, 2012