The Communications Department, led by Assistant Executive Director of Communications Julie White, works to further ACSA's goal of providing instantaneous dissemination of reliable, in-depth information. The department manages ACSA's Web site and produces EdCal, a weekly newspaper; and Leadership, a magazine published five times per year. The communications team also directs association campaign activities, serves as ACSA's link with the news media and produces marketing materials for association events and activities.
ACSA’s Educational Services Department operates under the direction of the Assistant Executive Director of Educational Services, George Manthey. The department's responsibilities include leadership in curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability issues; providing access to optional pathways for the Prelimary and Professional Clear Administrative Services Credentials; professional learning programs and events and collaborations with other associations, businesses and professional groups.
The Executive Department is responsible for association management within the organization's three offices. Executive Director Wes Smith serves as the chief executive officer of the association, recommending and participating in the formulation of new policies and making decisions based on exisiting policies as they have been approved by the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the department's responsibilities include human resources, information technology, office management, committee/council relations and planning Board and delegate events.
The Financial Services department operates under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), David Gasser. The department handles such functions as general accounting for all ACSA entities, budget development and monitoring, financial reporting (to internal and external sources), financial planning and analysis, payroll, cash management, investments, banking relations, insurance, leases, liaison to ACSA committees and other outside agencies and organizations, reporting on PACs, taxes, pension plans, annual audits of the association including all its entities, and support to the Executive Director, Finance Committee and Board on financial matters affecting ACSA.
The Governmental Relations Department is committed to carrying out ACSA's legislative and political programs, operating under the direction of the Interim Assistant Executive Director of Governmental Relations, Sherry Skelly Griffith. The department is responsible for developing and influencing legislation, working with the Legislative Policy Committee and Vice Presidents for Legislative Action and managing the Employment Training Network.
Under the direction of Assistant Executive Director for Member Services Joe Jones, the Member Services Department comprises three units: Member Services Processing, Membership Recruiters and Member Assistance Advocates. The Member Services Processing Unit is responsible for the management and maintenance of the membership database, which contains sensitive information about our members. This unit is also charged with the billing and collection of dues and PAC contributions for the more than 14,000 ACSA members, and is also the unit that provides membership lists, labels and demographic information upon request.
Our 18 recruiters are part-time employees assigned to serve areas of greatest potential growth based on known data. Assignments are determined by geographical needs, such as job-alike, gender and diversity. The focus of the unit is generating leads and growing membership.
Our 6 advocates are seasoned part-time professionals who provide members with information concerning professional, ethical and legal matters related to employment status and due process rights. They also assist with reviewing, developing and revising multi-year contracts and memoranda of understanding. The advocates are retired school administrators and are an excellent resource for information on the Education Codes.
ACSA's Region staffers work within each region to further communication, collaboration and outreach between state ACSA and the region leadership.