IVETA Constitution and bylaws endorsed by IVETA members Annual Business Meeting 22 August 2016
Article 1: Name
The name of this organization shall be the "International Vocational Education and Training Association" (IVETA), herein referred to as the Association. The Association is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the United States of America.
Article 2: Purposes
The purposes of this Association shall be to:
2.1 Promote professional linkages among international vocational educators and trainers;
2.2 Serve as a forum for sharing vocational education and training problems and solutions worldwide;
2.3 Promote and assist in the development of vocational education and training as an international enterprise;
2.4 Facilitate the worldwide dissemination of vocational education and training information.
Article 3: Membership
A member is defined as an individual or organization that has paid the annual membership dues, except for those who qualify for complimentary membership. The Association shall consist of member groups as set out in the IVETA Membership Policy.
3.1 Members of the Association shall be persons interested and/or engaged in activities related to international vocational education and training. Such members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction;
3.2 Student members of the Association shall be persons interested in vocational education and training and registered as full or part-time students. Such members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction;
3.3 Institutional memberships shall be restricted to organizations engaged in international vocational education and training pursuits. Each institutional member shall have the right to three individual memberships. Such members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association without restriction.
3.4 The membership period for new members shall commence on the first day of the month after the payment has been received by the treasurer and last for 12 months.
Article 4: Membership Dues
Annual membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Committee and set in United States currency ($US) with the dues held in an account approved by the Executive Committee.
Article 5: Association Officers
The Association Officers shall consist of a President; a President Elect; a Past President; Vice Presidents representing distinct geographic regions (i.e., Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, EU/Europe, and North America); Executive Director; General Secretary; Journal Editor; and Executive Secretariat.
The Officers, except for the Executive Secretariat and the Journal Editor shall be elected by the members and form an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Association, is empowered to transact business on behalf of the Association and delegates responsibilities as required to the Executive Secretariat and Committees. The Executive Secretariat and Journal Editor shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and shall become non-voting members. The Executive Secretariat and Journal Editor positions and duties are defined by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee has the prerogative to split the responsibilities of the Executive Secretariat into auxiliary positions on a temporary or permanent basis. The Executive Committee has the authority to adjust the regions and the number of regions for Vice Presidents as conditions warrant.
Article 6: Duties of Association Officers
6.1 The President will preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Committee. The President will be responsible for the functioning of all committees. Should the President be absent or fail to perform the stated duties, the President Elect will then assume this responsibility.
6.2 The President Elect will serve in lieu of the President. In the event the President Elect cannot assume the responsibilities, the Executive Committee will appoint a Chair Pro-tem who will act until either the President or President Elect may again assume such responsibilities or until the next election of officers.
6.3 The Past President provides advice and support to the President and the Executive Committee.
6.4 Each regional Vice President represents the Association in their respective geographic regions. Regional Vice Presidents are responsible for carrying out duties determined by the Executive Committee.
6.5 The Executive Director maintains the IVETA Constitution, Bylaws, policies and procedures, partnerships, and Regional Office and Liaison Officer arrangements to ensure they are current and achieving IVETA’s objectives.
6.6 The General Secretary develops agendas and drafts meeting records of Executive Committee and annual business meetings.
6.7 The Journal Editor is responsible for design and publication of the IVETA journal per the journal objectives and IVETA publication requirements developed by the Executive Committee.
6.8 The Executive Secretariat who may also carry out the role of Treasurer is responsible for receiving and accounting for the Association's funds and for carrying out other duties as determined by the Executive Committee.
Article 7: Term of Office
7.1 Each elected officer shall serve for a two year term and may be elected to the same office consecutively for only one additional term, with the exception of the President who serves for only one two year term. In the event that a nominee is not identified for an office for a given election cycle, the Nominating Committee may allow a two-term incumbent to run for an additional two-year term;
7.2 The President Elect succeeds automatically to the Office of the President two years after he/she is elected;
7.3 If an elected member of the Executive Committee cannot complete his or her two year term, the President, with the consent of the majority of the Executive Committee, will nominate and appoint a person to complete the remainder of the term. The replacement may run for office at the end of his/her appointment.
7.4 A vacancy created by the inability to serve in an office shall be filled through an appointment by the Executive Committee from the Association membership. This appointee shall serve until the next election of Officers of the Association. The appointee shall meet the criteria specified in Article 8.
7.5 In the event that an Officer is not performing his/her duties as determined by another Officer, upon written notice the Executive Committee may vote to remove an Officer from their position.
Article 8: Officer Eligibility
To be eligible for nomination for office, a person shall:
8.1 have been an Association member of good standing for one year prior to the nomination date;
8.2 have previously held an Association office if being appointed for the Office of President Elect;
8.3 in the case of a regional Vice President, be a resident of a country in the designated region;
8.4 be prepared to fulfill the functions of the Office and attend Association meetings
Article 9: Meetings
9.1 The Association shall hold an annual business meeting at which will be received reports from the Association Officers and Committee Chairs. The annual business meeting will be scheduled each year with sixty days written or electronic notice to Association members. Additional business meetings may be called at the discretion of the President upon sixty days written or electronic notice to Association members.
9.2 The Association can hold regional meetings of a general nature under the chairmanship of the President of the Association or the respective regional Vice President.
9.3 The Executive Committee will hold meetings as required to conduct the business of the Association and such meetings may be held face to face, by teleconference or other electronic means.
Article 10: Publications
Association publications shall promote the cause of international vocational education and training and meet the IVETA publication requirements developed by the Executive Committee.
Article 11: Committees
The President shall appoint committees as the need arises, including a nominating committee to oversee nominations for Association officers, and shall designate an Association member to be responsible for the functioning of a special committee. Special Committees will have start and end dates and can be renewed by the current President.
Article 12: Financial Affairs
The Executive Secretariat/Treasurer will deposit all funds of the Association in a bank account designated by the Executive Committee. The Executive Secretariat/Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving and accounting for the Association's funds. The Treasurer will report on the financial status of the Association at Executive Committee and Business Meetings and will be responsible for ensuring that required processes are maintained with respect to IVETA’s organizational and tax-exempt status so as to retain these designations. The fiscal year of the Association shall begin on 1 January and end on 31 December each year.
Article 13: Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution and bylaws may be made by a two-thirds vote of Association members present at the Association's annual business meeting and will become effective immediately upon a majority vote. Such amendments must be submitted to the membership at least 60 days before the Association's annual business meeting. The Executive Committee must receive amendments to the Constitution and bylaws from Association members at least 95 days before the Association's annual business meeting.
Article 14: Meeting Procedures and operating policies and procedures
Robert's Rules of Order shall apply for all meetings. The Executive Committee will adopt necessary operating policies and procedures as needed to implement IVETA activities, and these will be posted on the IVETA web site. Operating policies and procedures may be amended by agreement of the majority of the Executive Committee.
Article 15: Dissolution
In the event that the Association is dissolved, all assets remaining after the payment of outstanding debts and obligations shall be transferred to the Association for Career and Technical Education.
Adopted December 1995
Amended December 1998
Amended December 2006
Amended December 2008
Amended- November 2014
Amended and adopted August 2016