A strong leadership team is essential to the success and sustainability of a club. Building a successful leadership team requires thought and planning around the following areas:
- Club Officer Job Descriptions
- Committees and Advisory Boards
- Succession Planning
- Stewardship of Volunteers
Committees can benefit the structure of the club by assisting in programming, recruitment and retention of members, leadership identification, and succession planning. Some examples include:
- Program Committee: Focuses on program and event planning and execution. This can be subdivided into speakers, social, etc.
- Membership Committee: Focuses on membership recruitment and services/benefits.
- Communications Committee: Focuses on the internal and external communication to members and the wider community. This may include website content.
- Career Management Committee: Focuses on career development and job opportunities.
- Student/Young Alumni Committee: Focuses on outreach to young and future alumni, and assists in planning welcome events for new graduates.
- University Relations: Relationship management with Wharton and Penn (Club President is usually the primary contact with the school).
- Sponsorship Committee: Obtain and manage sponsorship for your club to provide funding, increase membership benefits, decrease event costs, and expand speaker options. Manage in-kind donations, donated meeting spaces and market the benefits of partnering with the club to possible sponsors.
Many clubs have alumni who wish to be involved in an advisory capacity but not as fully active officers. For clubs with these types of volunteers, we recommend the institution of an advisory board. An advisory board may consist of former club officers, influential alumni with limited time resources, or alumni with connections to speakers and event space. The advisory board may provide strategic advice to the club and its officers. Your staff liaison can recommend a structure for your advisory board depending on the size and needs of your club. We recommend establishing term limits, guidelines around how these members are appointed, and specific expectations of the advisory board in the bylaws.
Note: Many clubs hire administrative staff part-time or for a set number of hours each month to handle various tasks, including mailings, event management, and website maintenance. The club is financially responsible for this service, but your staff liaison can provide recommendations for obtaining these services. In addition, you can find more information for this under the Club Resources section of this website.