RISAA ARTICLE VII
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RISAA

Section 1. General. The Executive Director of the Association shall be selected by and shall serve at the direction and will of the Board of Directors.

A. The Executive Director shall be the chief operating officer of the Association with the powers and duties as described by these By-Laws.

B. All Board decisions relating to the hiring, terms of employment, compensation, benefits, termination or duties of the Executive Director must be decided by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the full Board.

Section 2. Relations with Board.

A. The Board shall be responsible for hiring and establishing the compensation package for the Executive Director as well as all other terms and conditions of employment that are not directly covered in these By-Laws.

B. The Executive Director shall follow and execute the Policies and Procedures of the Association as established by the Board.

C. The Executive Director shall manage the affairs of the Association as counseled by the Board.

D. The Executive Director may also be elected for a simultaneous position on the Board of Directors but shall have no vote on the Board of Directors as the Executive Director.

E. The Executive Director shall attend meetings of the Board of Directors and shall be allowed to actively participate in their deliberations.

F. The Executive Director shall assist the Board in developing the long-range comprehensive plan for the Association.

G. The long-range, comprehensive plan developed by the Board shall serve as the guiding directive for the activities of the Executive Director.

H. When issues related to the employment of the Executive Director are discussed by the Board, the Executive Director shall recluse himself or herself from that proceeding.

I. The Board shall confirm the appointment of the Executive Director annually.

J. The Executive Director shall only hire staff with Board approval.

Section 3. Legal Authority.
A. The Executive Director may negotiate and sign all legal documents of the Association.

B. The Executive Director shall get the approval of the Board before committing the Association to any obligation, debt and/or commitment that may be construed as a liability to the Association that falls outside of the Board approved budget or the Association's normal affairs.

Section 4. Fiscal Duties.

A. The Executive Director shall operate within budgets set by the Board.

B. The Executive Director shall cooperate with the Board of Directors and execute Association fiscal policies and operations.

C. The Executive Director shall oversee all regular and special funds of the Association unless directed otherwise by the Board.

D. The Executive Director shall authorize all reimbursements of expenses within the budget set by the Board.

Section 5. Meetings and Voting.

A. The Executive Director shall attend such meetings of the Association, its units, and related bodies as may be required in the discharge of the Executive Director duties.

B. The Executive Director shall be an ex-officio member of all Association committees.

C. The Executive Director may act as any Regular Member of the Association and serve as a voting member or chair of any committee, with the exception of when any committee position shall be deemed by the President as a conflict of interest with his/her appointment as the Executive Director.

D. The Executive Director shall present a written report of the state of the Association at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6. Other Duties.

A. The Executive Director shall be in charge of any Association headquarters, any Association staff and all Association operations; and shall be responsible to the Board of Directors for all property and equipment owned and used by the Association.

B. The Executive Director shall be the managing director of any publications issued by the Association, including the Association monthly newsletter and any other publications that the organization may institute by direction of the Board.

C. Unless otherwise directed by the Board, the Executive Director shall act as Chief Operating Officer for any functions that are sponsored under the aegis of the Association, such as, but not limited to, the New England Saltwater Fishing Show.

D. The Executive Director shall, in the absence of or under the supervision of the Association Secretary, direct such functions as are necessary for meeting the responsibilities assigned to the Association Secretary.