2024 Board Nominations

Are you:

Interested in early childhood education issues?

Looking to grow your leadership skills and network?

An New Jersey AEYC member?

Or do you know anyone you would like to nominate for the board?

If so, consider becoming a member of the New Jersey AEYC Governing Board! The following positions are available, with the term beginning June, 2024. Applications are open through March 1, 2024. Please consider sharing your talents and time with us!

  • Co-Vice President of Public Policy
  • Co-Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Governance
  • Treasurer

Click on the image to the left to download the application form in English and Spanish, OR fill in and submit the form below. Please see detailed job descriptions at the bottom of that page, below the form.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024


Submit all completed nominations to mail@njaeyc.org no later than March 1, 2024.


For the nominator: please fill in your information.

Please fill out the section below with information on the nominee.

Board Organization, Membership and Job Descriptions

The name of this organization shall be the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC). 

NJAEYC is dedicated to advancing the field of early childhood education.   NJAEYC will support the purpose of NAEYC, be committed to coordinating activities and providing services for communication among chapters of the state and allied professional associations and be aware of and advocate for all legislation pertaining to the welfare of children which will ensure excellence in early childhood education.  

All Board members of NJAEYC are expected to honor and adhere to the policies outlined within this manual. 


Governance Guidelines 

The Board will govern with an emphasis on:

  • Outward vision rather than internal preoccupation 
  • Strategic leadership more than administrative detail 
  • Collective rather than individual decisions 
  • Future rather than past or present 
  • Pro-activity rather than reactivity 


Governance Policies 

The Board will: 

  • Deliberate in many voices, but govern in one 
  • Cultivate a sense of group responsibility 
  • Develop a clear organizational structure 
  • Direct, control, and inspire the organization through the careful establishment of Board written policies reflecting the Boards’ values and perspectives
  • Enforce upon it whatever discipline is needed to govern with excellence in matters such as attendance, preparation for meetings, policy making, principles respect for roles, and ensuring the continuity of governance capacity 
  • Fulfill each officer’s, individual’s, or committee’s commitments 
  • Regularly evaluate its effectiveness in its work toward the mission 
  • Exercise fiduciary responsibility


Purpose of Board Meetings

Board meetings are for the single task of getting the Board’s job done.  The Board is the sole authority over its own agenda.  Any board members – with a majority agreeing – can add or delete business from the agenda.  Material related to agenda will be given to Board members with adequate lead -time for preparation. 

Board members are obligated to prepare for meetings and to participate productively in discussion.


General Board Member

Members individually have three fundamental fiduciary duties: a duty of care, a duty of loyalty, and a duty of obedience. 

  1. The duty of care means that the board member actively participates, attends board meetings, is educated on the industry, provides strategic direction, and oversees management.
  2. The duty of loyalty requires the board member to operate in the interest of NJAEYC and not to use the position to further personal agenda.
  3. The duty of obedience requires the board to know the state and federal laws and regulations that apply. This includes the regulations and guidance issued by the IRS. Obedience to governing documents requires a deep understanding of the operating documents (by-laws, rules, board manuals) and a clear understanding of the difference between the terms “may” and “must” contained in those documents. Finally, obedience requires that the board not act outside the scope of the organization’s legal documents.


  • Approve the organization’s vision and mission and review performance in achieving it.
  • Annually assess the changing environment and approve the organization’s strategy to be responsive to said changes.
  • Annually review and approve the organization’s financial plans.
  • Annually review and approve the Association’s annual budget.
  • Approve major policies and procedures.
  • Attend at least 75% of all Board Meetings and Attend Board Orientation.
  • Demonstrate leadership ability.
  • Adhere to, follow, and support NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Avoid involvement in all political campaigns in the name of NJAEYC.
  • Avoid all conflicts of interest with NJAEYC.
  • Support efforts to increase and maintain membership.
  • Be loyal to NJAEYC, always exercising board powers in the interest of NJAEYC and not for the interest of self or others.
  • Keep all NJAEYC matters confidential.


  • A member of NJAEYC with a commitment to the values, vision and mission. 
  • An understanding of the responsibilities and relationship of paid and volunteer staff.
  • Knowledge of and influence in the early childhood community.
  • Ability to understand concepts and articulate ideas.
  • Proven ability to lead the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to objectively consider various perspectives in guiding major policy decisions of the Association.