A skilled engaged member who is capable of bringing technological innovation and excellence to directly benefit the profession and the common good of humanity and Achieve the Vision and Mission of IEEE.

The Section chair-elect assists the Section chair in managing the operations of the Section in the best interest of the local members and provides leadership, guidance and a sense of purpose for other Section volunteers.

The Section chair-elect is responsible for working with the Section Secretary in selecting the topics that will be discussed at Section meetings. Additionally, this individual will work closely with the Chairs of the Technical Chapters and/or Affinity Groups to ensure that the programs offered by these subunits are focused on increasing member engagement and meeting the needs of the local member.

The Section chair-elect will become the Section Chair in the next term.

The usual term of office is 2 years. Term of office begins in January until the end of December. The time needed to fulfill this volunteer position is approximately 10 hours per week.


  • Serves as a Member of the IEEE Section Executive Committee
  • If the Section Chair is unable to perform their duties, the Vice Chair will be responsible for ensuring that the tasks are completed. These tasks could include
    • (1) preside at meetings of the Section and the Section Executive Committee
    • (2) represent the Section at IEEE gatherings (i.e. attend annual Regional Committee Meeting)


  • Oversee Management of the Section: The principal responsibility of a Section Executive Committee member is to oversee the management of the Section, and in so doing, serve the best interests of the IEEE, its members and the public;
  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all meetings of the Section Executive Committee. Exercise business judgment to act in what is reasonably believed to be in the best interest of the IEEE, its members and the general public and not on behalf of any individual, entity or interest group;
  • Establish effective systems for the periodic and timely reporting to the Section Executive Committee of important matters concerning the following:
    • Conference Activities within the Section
    • Potential opportunities for increased member engagement in forming additional Technical Chapters or Affinity Groups within the Section.
    • Student Branches Activities – Encourage student member participation in Section events and/or provide support for local Student Branch activities
    • Educational Activities – encourage and promote IEEE Educational programs (http://www.ieee.org/education) to the members and/or public
    • Awards & Recognition – encourage and promote the submission of nominations for the IEEE Awards at the Section, Region and IEEE level (IEEE Awards Board, MGA, Educational Activities).
  • Be informed of the IEEE and its business, including its mission, services, policies and programs;
  • Spend sufficient time and energy to be familiar with matters requiring the Section’s Executive Committee attention;
  • Disclose any real or perceived personal conflict of interest with matters before the Section Executive Committee or which might otherwise conflict with the fiduciary duties owed to the IEEE;
  • Review IEEE documents as they relate to the position of Section Chair, including IEEE Bylaws, IEEE Manual Policy, IEEE Financial Operations Manual and the MGA Operations Manual.
  • Become familiar with IEEE Policies regarding funding sources for Geographic Units, the appropriate use of IEEE Funds, establishing bank accounts, contract administration, annual reporting requirements and insurance coverage.
  • Exhibit highest standards of collaboration and collegiality;
  • Provide leadership in the association’s statement of vision, mission, and goals, and the corresponding strategies, plans, and budgets to achieve them;
  • Suggest potential nominees to the Section Nominating Committee who can make a significant contributions to the work of the Section and the IEEE;
  • Identify potential individuals to serve in this position at completion of your term of office. Act as mentor to successor.


  • Must be an IEEE member in good standing;
  • Must be of IEEE Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade or higher;
  • Must reside in the geographic boundaries of the Section.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated business acumen, experience and ability to exercise sound judgments in matters that relate to the current and long-term objectives of the IEEE and the Section and should be willing and able to contribute positively to the decision-making process of the IEEE;
  • Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group;
  • Ability to cultivate and recruit Section members and other volunteers;
  • Interest and ability to understand the sometimes conflicting interests of the various constituencies of the IEEE and to act in the interests of all Section members and the general public;
  • Honesty, integrity and adherence to high ethical standards;
  • Sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills,
  • Excellent relationship skills and the ability to interact with the public, other organizations and diverse communities;
  • Excellent leadership skills including the ability to motivate others; negotiate compromise and resolve differences; maintain positive working relationships and capability to set direction for the Section;
  • Ability to adhere to governance practices;
  • Passion for, and interest in, the IEEE organization;
  • Ability to dedicate service to the IEEE while maintaining balance with professional and personal life;
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to respond to communications in a timely fashion;
  • Prior volunteer experience.