Senior Vice Commandant is second in command of the Detachment.
This officer should be a logical successor to the Commandant, and
is therefore required to be fully familiar with the Commandant functions
through his/her term of office. Many
of the duties described below are the same or similar to those of the
Senior Vice Commandant should be familiar with the duties of the
Commandant, and be prepared to be the senior chairperson for
projects/committees deemed important by the Commandant.
As second in command, the Senior Vice Commandants role is
critical to the Detachment in terms of officer support, and in accepting
major responsibilities for meeting Detachment objectives.
Characteristics and Traits
Refer to the Characteristics and Traits of the
Ability to train and support junior officers and staff
Project leadership capabilities in assuming responsibility
for committee and project assignments
Ability to support Commandant, and complete Commandant
assignments on short notice
Familiarization with Commandant functions, officer
functions and activities, and Detachment programs and activities
of Job Accountability and Responsibilities
AND SUPPORT TO THE COMMANDANT - In many
respects, depending on the
size and number of activities of the Detachment, the relationship
between the Commandant and Senior Vice Commandant is team effort.
It is helpful when these two officer positions have complementary
skills that can be shared in achieving the Detachments goals, and in
administering the affairs of the unit.
objective of the Senior Vice Commandants (SVC) position is one of
preparation for the office of Commandant.
In achieving that objective, it is important for the SVC to be
integrally involved in all the affairs of the Detachment, and to take on
specific tasks assigned by the Commandant.
prime importance is assisting the Commandant in the completion of tasks
that are important to the Detachment.
This may include taking on jobs as directed, providing specific
skills not inherent with the Commandant, and/or assisting in the two-way
communications between members and officers.
COMMITTEES AS REQUESTED BY THE COMMANDANT
- Committees and
projects chaired by the Senior Vice Commandant (SVC) should be
significant and important to overall Detachment operations. As an example, some Detachments assign the financial
responsibilities of budget, revenue generation, expense control, and
financial stability to the SVC as a finance, or ways and means
committee. The SVC works in
conjunction with the Paymaster and other officers/members in developing,
monitoring, and identifying revenue sources (which may include fund
raising events and solicitation for donations).
Chairing a finance committee assumes responsibility
for evaluating, developing and monitoring revenue sources, and
determining the expenditure needs of the Detachment; developing and
maintaining an annual budget (which is a guideline and formulation of
operations and programs in dollar terms) for revenues and expenses;
spearheading donation sources for Detachment programs and activities;
and evaluating and reporting on financial standing (with Paymaster), and
actions required on a periodic basis (at least quarterly).
SVC might also be directly or indirectly involved with public relations
and press/media releases that advertise and promote the Detachment and
its programs, and establishing contacts for the affairs of the
Detachment. In addition, the SVC can communicate with members on ideas
and suggestions, and identify potential issues that need to be brought
to the attention of the Detachment officers.
potential responsibility for the SVC is to be responsible for evaluating
the effectiveness of Detachment operations, and determining improved
methods and ideas for enhancing the overall capabilities of the
Detachment. In effect, the SVC may be accountable for developing ideas
and programs, which will assure the continued relevance of the
Detachment and the Marine Corps League to current members and potential
members. This is an
opportunity to review and suggest strategic plans that involve
organization structure, programs and activities, and ideas that further
promote the significance and effectiveness of the Detachment.
This might include surveys of members and potential members, and
discussion groups to air problems and identify new goals.
the SVC might take on specific projects for specific purposes, the
primary focus for his/her leadership should be on general requirements
and needs that have a broad impact on the entire Detachment.
selection to specific committees and projects should be based on
capabilities and/or learning requirements.
The same leadership functions are required as those of the
IN ABSENCE OF COMMANDANT
- Being second in command, the Senior Vice Commandant (SVC)
will be called upon to perform on behalf of the Commandant when the
Commandant is unable to preside at meetings, or attend events.
For this reason, it is important that the SVC be current on
issues, procedures, objectives, and requirements normally handled by the
Commandant. The SVC should be able to step into the Commandants role
with minimum difficulty or disruption.
of the roles the SVC may be called upon to perform include presiding at
detachment general meetings, officer meetings, and committee/project
meetings. The SVC should be
familiar with the requirements of the Commandant in these areas, and be
able to effectively use Roberts Rules of Order, other
parliamentary procedure, and the Marine Corps League Ritual. In addition, the SVC may be called on to deliver
presentations or meet with other contacts that are handled by the
Commandant. The SVC must be
prepared to meet contingencies that arise by the absence of the
- Other duties of the Senior Vice Commandant may include:
Training of Detachment officers and project/committee
Assistance and support to Detachment officers in meeting
their specific objectives
Assimilating Detachment reports on operations, finances,
and project results for presentation to officers and members
Preparation to succeed the Commandant at the expiration of
his/her term of office, if he/she wishes.
Senior Vice Commandants position is important to the Detachment for
three general reasons: To assist and support the Commandant; to prepare
for succession to the Commandants office; and to back up the
Commandant when absent.
SVC should be a major contributing force to the success of the
Detachment. He/she should
provide knowledge and influence in assuring the achievement of
Detachment goals and operational objectives.