It is official! Tri Delta has shifted to a new collegiate chapter officer structure designed to create a more streamlined and efficient system for our officers and members. With this change, we hope to alleviate many of the struggles our chapters have faced, such as long standards committee meetings, cluttered officer communication and a lack of clarity of roles and responsibilities.
Problem, Feedback, Solution
A few years ago, we recognized that our current officer structure was not meeting many of the needs and challenges of our chapters. Chapter officers were experiencing fragmented communication, our collegiate chapter presidents (CCPs) were bearing large operational responsibilities and there was no clear reporting structure for officers. In addition, officers’ council and officers’ training committee were less effective, and standards committee processes were inefficient.
After gathering feedback and input, a new structure was developed in 2015, and we began piloting that structure in several of our chapters. Pilot chapters have shared that it has helped immensely in achieving:
- Effectiveness of communication across all officers and teams.
- Development of leaders who guide the direction of the chapter.
- Placement members in appropriate officer roles based on qualifications.
- Increased effectiveness in addressing individual member needs.
Real-World Experience for Our Members
In addition to providing benefits to our chapters, we also look forward to offering our sisters even more leadership development opportunities. Our new officer titles are more transferrable to life after college, and the revised structure and slating process are set up to more closely reflect those in professional settings.
The New Structure
Tri Delta’s new collegiate officer structure consists of an executive committee of vice presidents and the collegiate chapter president, as well as 14 slated director positions and the opportunity for up to 10 advisory positions. The structure can be broken down into three main categories:
- Visionaries: the executive committee who serves to lead the chapter and overall direction of the membership
- Conductors: director positions who take the ideas of the visionaries and strategically put them into action
- Workers: the appointed positions who carry out the plans and tangible items of the directors
Under the new structure, directors will have appointed committees and chairs to help accomplish specific projects. In addition to appointed committees, chapters will also have a number of standing committees: executive committee, governing documents committee, membership selection committee, selection committee, sponsor selection committee, conduct committee, finance committee and academic committee.
A Change in Timing
Our chapters will also be transitioning to an academic year officer term. The officer term will switch from January-December to May-May for the 2021-2022 academic year and beyond. This shift allows for a number of benefits to our collegiate members, including aligning with the Tri Delta fiscal year, keeping our senior members engaged throughout their final year in college and alleviating the leadership roadblock that studying abroad may cause.
If you would like more information about the new officer structure positions and responsibilities visit Tri Delta’s Resource Library.