Job Description for AAP Vice President

The duties, accountability, and qualifications of this elected Academy officer

The Vice President assumes the duties of the President in the absence of both the President and the President Elect and assists the President and President Elect in the performance of their duties. In line of succession to Presidency.


Accountable to the Board of Trustees.


  • Programmatic and procedural authority within parameters and resource allocation established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Policy authority is limited to recommendations to the Board of Trustees.


  • Performs duties of office specified in Bylaws and Board policies.
  • Performs the duties of the President in the absence of the President and President Elect.
  • May be used as spokesperson to external audiences.


Participates as needed on committees or task forces (e.g., ADA Liaison Committee).



  • Active or Life Active member.
  • Meets qualifications for the position as specified in the Bylaws.
  • Experienced speaker; articulate, persuasive, and credible.
  • Skilled writer.
  • Thinks big-picture and long-range.
  • Able to translate abstract ideas into tangible statements of desired outcomes.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Academy policies, goals, and initiatives.
  • In-depth knowledge of current and pending practice standards.
  • Adept at and possesses technical capability for distance communication.
  • Able to travel nationally (extensively) and internationally (occasionally) on Academy business.
  • Informed and able to acquire global perspective on the profession and the environment in which it is practiced.
  • Minimum one year experience on the Board or as chair of an Academy committee or task force.
  • Working knowledge of Sturgis Rules of Order.
  • Not subject to a punishable disciplinary action by Academy in past five years prior to appointment/election.


  • Past Academy trustee or board member for a professional membership organization of comparable size and scope.
  • Previous district, state, or other periodontal society leadership experience, preferably as an officer.
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