Parents’ Association President 

The role of the Parents’ Association (PA) President is to provide overall governance, leadership and strategy for all PA programs and initiatives.  These initiatives directly support the PA mission:  to enrich our students’ experience; to foster a diverse school community of parents/guardians, staff, students, and alumni; to raise and disburse funds to enhance the TFS environment; and, to support a spirit of communication and cooperation throughout our community.

This position is chair of the Parents’ Association Executive Council.

 Key Duties:

  • Organize and facilitate Executive Council and PA Council (PAC) meetings.
  • Act as an ex-officio member of the TFS Board of Directors, a non-voting member of the board and spokesperson for the PA.
  • Provide support and direction to the EC and Standing Committee chairs.
  • Ensure all EC members and Committee chairs are representing their positions as outlined in their position description.
  • Liaise on PA matters with school administration, Head of school, Principals, students and support staff.
  • Facilitate all required school approvals for PA activities and be the point person for issues between the PA and the TFS Business Office.
  • Present a monthly report on PA activities to the TFS Board of Directors.
  • Represent the PA at Interguild events and conferences.
  • Have one-on-one meetings, provide feedback & undertake performance coaching if a volunteer is not performing their duties or upholding the PA’s mandate.  This may include relieving a volunteer from their duties.
  • Act as one of three authorized signatories to the PA bank account and must be available to sign cheques as requested by the Treasurer.

 Other PA Duties:

  • As President of the PA, act as an ambassador and resource for parents and administration to encourage an inclusive TFS community.  
  • Cast the deciding vote during a tied vote at monthly PAC meetings.
  • Remain in good standing on the PAC and maintain strict adherence to the TFS Code of Conduct and PA Constitution.

Key skills/abilities/experience:

  • Prior experience as an Executive member of the PAC member is necessary.
  • Solid organizational skills, ability to manage a team, and provide guidance and leadership to the EC and PAC is essential.
  • Must have strong communication skills, and ability to pursue a confidential and diplomatic approach with all TFS stakeholders.

Commitment:

  • The post is for two years and can be renewed for a maximum of four consecutive years. After his/her term the President should be able to transition to the Past President role to share his/her experience and provide continuity on the Executive Committee.
  • The time commitment required is on average 15 - 20 hours a month which includes, preparation of work and attendance at various meetings ie. PAC/EC meetings.  The role is cyclical in nature; some months may be busier than others based on the time of year.