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Title: Secretary
Term: 2 years
Method of Appointment: Elected by Membership at Annual General Meeting
Reporting Structure: Reports to the President
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week

Position Scope:

The Secretary is an Executive Member of the Association and works closely with the President in the planning of board of directors and association meetings. The Secretary offers administrative support to the Executive and helps to ensure the smooth operation of meetings and the sharing of Association correspondence among the Executive and Board of Directors.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Opportunity to expand on and/or develop skills relevant to the profession in a safe and supportive environment
  • Develop a rich and fulsome portfolio of experiences and strengthen your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Satisfaction of making a difference in the community
  • Opportunity to connect with other, committed individuals in the profession and throughout Manitoba
  • Ability to network with colleagues across Manitoba
  • Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships
  • May have the opportunity to represent the Association at the national level, through The Partnership, which the Association is a member of

Required Skills:

  • A commitment to, and a clear understanding of, the mission and vision of the Association
  • Knowledge of the meeting procedures, decision-making rules, governance policies and the bylaws and constitution of the Association
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Experience with Microsoft Word

Desirable Skills and/or Experience:

  • One year of previous service on a Board
  • One year of experience with minute taking
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite


  • Serves on the Executive Committee
  • Regularly attends scheduled meetings
  • Creates meeting agendas and distributes to Committee members in advance of meetings
  • Keeps accurate minutes of Board meetings, including recording all motions and decisions of meetings, ensuring quorum, and recording Board attendance.
  • Edits meeting minutes as appropriate and files final, approved minutes
  • Files and keeps electronic copies of Board meetings and other Association documents
  • Maintains master list of passwords
  • Maintains and assigns office keys and swipe cards
  • Serves as a secondary signer on Board bank account
  • Conducts general Board correspondence
  • Monitors the Secretary email account
  • Liaises with other library associations as required
  • Orients incoming Secretary 


  1. Ensures all documents are maintained in accordance with MLA policy
  2. Update policies as required
  3. Record and track assigned office keys and swipe cards
  4. Schedule meetings, book meeting space, arrange catering, and inform attendees of meeting details
  5. Record, distribute and post online meeting minutes
  6. Regularly check email and paper mail at MLA office
  7. Report to AGM on general activities and individual deliverables

Review Date: 27 April 2020; KM
Approval Date:
01 November 2018

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