september, 2020

Program chairs are appointed by the National President and approved by the Board of Directors and the Student Advisory Committee. National program chairs are responsible for the continuation, further development, implementation, and evaluation of programs within their respective areas while supporting the National Strategic Plan.


The program chair is the leader of the area of programming for the Fraternity. In doing so, they act as the point person for committees and sub-committees. They work to ensure that all areas of the program are operating efficiently with the strategic goals of the Fraternity in mind and effectively support the program through task delegation and completion.  Successful candidates will be able to manage committees, work with other operations council members to strengthen APO and meet the needs of the membership.


Program chairs and region chairs are members of the Operations Council which are led by the National President and National Vice President with the National Executive Director as a member.


The National Program Areas are…

  • Alumni Relations
  • Extension
  • Finance and Operations
  • International Relations
  • Leadership Development
  • Meetings & Conferences
  • Membership
  • Service
  • Volunteer Development

Applications for the national program chair positions, with a term of March 2019 to March 2021, are now open and can be submitted using the National Program Chair Nomination Form. 




SECTION 1. NATIONAL OPERATIONS COUNCIL. There shall be a National Operations Council which shall be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Fraternity’s programs, and other administrative or operational functions as may be required.

SECTION 2. MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL OPERATIONS COUNCIL. The National Operations Council shall consist of the following members: the National President, National Vice President, one regional chair from each administrative region, a number of national program chairs as established in the Fraternity Operations and Policy Manual, and as an ex-officio, non-voting member, the National Executive Director.

DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL PROGRAM CHAIRS.  The National President shall nominate a number of individuals, one each to serve as the national program chair of a specific program, as defined in the Fraternity Operations and Policy Manual. Such nominations require the approval of both the National Board of Directors and the National Student Advisory Committee. National program chairs are responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs within their respective areas of jurisdiction.


Fraternity Operations and Policy Manual 
Category II, Subcategory 1, Policies III and IV 
There shall be one national program chair appointed to oversee, coordinate, and be responsible for each of the following program areas: 

a. Alumni Relations – coordinate all alumni affairs of the Fraternity and promote continued alumni interest in the Fraternity’s ideals and programs. 

b. Extension – promote and encourage the reactivation of previously voided charters and the formation of new chapters within the United States. 

c. Finance & Operations – propose ways and means to finance the Fraternity adequately; propose expenditures through annual budget recommendations and a written report; oversee and coordinate the Fraternity’s fundraising programs and activities; evaluate National Office personnel practices and operational procedures for the purpose of providing recommendations, advice and counsel to the National President, the National Executive Director and the National Board of Directors regarding personnel and operational matters; oversee use and development of Fraternity symbols. 

d. International Relations
 – monitor relationships between the Fraternity and other Alpha Phi Omega organizations worldwide and the International Council of Alpha Phi Omega; oversee extension efforts in other nations, with a goal of forming new national Alpha Phi Omega organizations in other countries; coordinate Alpha Phi Omega USA delegations to the national conventions of other international or national Alpha Phi Omega organizations; assist in welcoming and receiving delegations from other Alpha Phi Omega organizations to conventions of Alpha Phi Omega USA 

e. Leadership Development – establish and coordinate leadership development programs on the sectional, regional and national levels. 

f. Membership – promote and encourage programs and activities that serve and support chapters; promote and encourage programs and activities for the enhancement of membership recruitment, retention and reporting in the Fraternity; promote and encourage  programs and services for chapter advisors. 

g. Service – develop a two-year national service program for consideration and action by the biennial National Convention; stimulate effective and well-rounded service programs by instigating resource development and distribution; encourage high-quality chapter service programs through an effective program of promotion and recognition of chapter service activities, opportunities and incentives. 

h. Volunteer Development – initiate and coordinate identification, recruitment, development, retention and recognition programs for volunteers to work within and for the Fraternity.

i. Meetings and Conference
–  coordinate and consult with all other national committees, the regional chairs, and the National Office staff to develop and maintain a comprehensive schedule of all Fraternity meetings and conferences; to define in writing the purpose of each meeting or conference; to ensure that the messaging and programming at each meeting or conference advance the strategic vision, mission and goals of the Fraternity as determined by the National Board of Directors; to create efficiencies for common functions such as registration, payment processing, etc.; and to provide a consistently high level of quality and benefit or meeting and conference attendees.