Chapters must have leadership structures in place that are approved by the District Director (DD) and Regional Vice President. Each chapter, in conference with the DD and Regional Vice President, can determine the correct structure.
Leaders at SCORE are appointed, not elected.
Chapter Leaders - Appointment includes Chapter leadership positions. District Directors and Regional Vice Presidents working in conjunction with the chapter members will identify key, willing candidates for the main leadership positions. The creation of a slate or an election is no longer required. Chairs report to District Directors.
Chapter committees and committee leads are defined by the chapter and committee chairs selected by the chapter leaders.
Chapter Executive Committees can exist to aid in the management of the chapter. The Chair leader(s) may select their own Executive Committee.
The District Director is by default a non-voting member of every Executive Committee within each of their district’s chapters. While the DD does not ‘vote’ on key chapter items, they do have approval responsibility for those items to ensure compliance, focus, and proper use of resources.
District Directors are selected and appointed by the Regional Vice President, with approval from the Vice President of Field Operations. DDs report to Regional Vice Presidents.
Regional Vice Presidents are selected by and report directly to the Vice President of Field Operations.
Leaders can be removed from the leadership roles.
A leader may be removed or lesser action may be taken if the officer knowingly:
Does not comply with policies set forth in the SOM.
Fails or refuses to comply with a decision or directive of SCORE or their direct leader.
Fails to fulfill in a substantive way the responsibilities of the office held.
Acts in an improper manner so as to discredit the office, chapter, district, SCORE or the SBA.
Removal action may be initiated by the District Director, the Regional Vice President or the SCORE Vice President of Field Operations.
In addition, a majority of chapter volunteers may petition for the removal of any leader. An attempt shall be made to resolve the matter informally with the officer at the chapter level, with the District Director, with the Regional Vice President, and/or the SCORE Vice President of Field Operations participating.
In the event a leader is removed, a replacement leader is to be appointed by the District Director or Regional Vice President.