Nomination Process: A Step Toward Leadership
Elected Positions: An Array of Opportunities for Leadership Excellence
Grand Knight: Steering the helm with strategic acumen and mentoring future leaders. The Grand Knight is the council's chief executive officer. He is responsible for setting council goals and ensuring that all officers fulfill their duties in reaching these objectives. He presides over all meetings, appoints program and committee directors as needed, fills officer roles in the event of vacancies, countersigns checks and orders for payment, and oversees the council’s degree team. Ideally, the Grand Knight should be a junior so that, as a senior, he can mentor the next Grand Knight. The grand knight must complete the Safe Environment training.
Deputy Grand Knight: A crucial right-hand role, stepping into leadership when the Grand Knight is absent. Some Deputy Grand Knights serve as their council's program director. Ultimately, he assists the Grand Knight in leading and reaching council objectives. In some councils, the deputy grand knight role might be used to groom a possible Grand Knight candidate for the following year. Finally, the Deputy Grand Knight may serve as a liaison between the council and other groups that share similar interests (i.e., Newman Club, pro-life club, etc.).
Chancellor: Strengthening our membership and embodying the core values of the Knights of Columbus. Responsible for recruiting and retaining members, and to this end, he should set up events that display the values and principles of the Knights of Columbus. The Chancellor should participate in the council's degree team and serve on the Admission and Retention committees.
Treasurer: Precision in managing council finances, ensuring fiscal responsibility. He receives money from the financial secretary and deposits funds into council accounts. He is also responsible for paying all council expenses. He also balances and verifies the ledger and keeps the updated budget approved by the council.
Advocate: Guardian of parliamentary procedures, seeking legal counsel when necessary. The advocate acts as a council parliamentarian. He should know Robert's Rules of Order and Methods of Conducting a Council Meeting (#1937). The advocate should be able to take on additional responsibilities as the council deems necessary.
Recorder: A meticulous documentarian, ensuring transparency in communication. He should
The Grand Knight appoints the family director and reports to the program director. Responsible for all family-based council programs. The required Safe Environment training and background check must be completed.
Community Director: The Grand Knight appoints the community director and reports to the program director. Responsible for all community-based council programs. He directs programs that support and encourage service to the community that fight poverty, aid the individual, promote athletic events, and sponsor more extensive programs and campaigns. He should be comfortable contacting and coordinating with organizations that align in crucial areas of community assistance. The required Safe Environment training and background check must be completed.
Life Director: The Grand Knight appoints the life director and reports to the program director. Responsible for all life-based council programs. The individual appointed to this position should be comfortable discussing and planning efforts within the context of supporting and affirming life in all stages and all conditions. Notably, he strives to promote programs that support and encourage the advancement of the pro-life movement, people with intellectual disabilities and persecuted Christians.
Membership Director: The membership director serves as the head of the Admission Committee and works to grow the council's membership through new and transfer members. He should actively identify potential recruits, plan recruitment programs, host informational meetings, and encourage council members to seek candidates. In addition, the membership director should ensure that a council has access to frequent degree exemplifications (whether its own or local councils) and should work that each member reaches at least the third degree in a timely manner.
Retention Chairman: The retention chairman works to keep the council's members active. Implement programs and practices that provide mentors for new members and regularly communicate with them to encourage their participation. When a council wishes to suspend members, they must have the retention chairman reach out to members and ask them to keep their membership or transfer to another council.