The California Council for the Social Studies is a non-profit professional organization run by a Board of Directors according to By-Laws and Rules. Meetings of the CCSS Board of Directors are held four times per year: September, January, during the annual conference in March, and in May. The Board of Directors is composed of a president, president-elect, first vice president, three regional vice presidents, the immediate past president, and sixteen regional directors (matching the regional county office of education regions). Administrative, financial, and supervisory functions are the responsibility of the Executive Director, seven officers from the Board of Directors including the president, president-elect, first vice president, three regional vice presidents, the immediate past president.
Standing Committees for CCSS include Curriculum and Instruction, Diversity and Social Justice, Publications, Government Relations, Membership and Outreach, and Professional Standards. These committees meet a minimum of twice per year; in conjunction with the CCSS Board Meetings.
Elections are held annually through a ballot developed by the Nominating Committee. All CCSS members are eligible to vote. Regional officers serve two-year terms on a rotating schedule.