The California Council for the Social Studies is a non-profit professional organization run by a Board of Directors according to By-Laws and Standing Rules. Meetings of the Board of Directors are held four times per year: August/September, January, during the annual conference in March, and in May. The Board of Directors is composed of an Executive Committee -- which includes the president, president-elect, first vice president, three regional vice presidents, and the immediate past president -- along with sixteen regional directors (corresponding to the CCSESA county office of education regions). Administrative, financial, and supervisory functions are the responsibility of the Executive Director in league with the Executive Committee.

Standing and Operational Committees for CCSS include Curriculum and Instruction, Diversity and Social Justice, Publications and Technology, Government Relations, Membership and Outreach, and Professional Standards and Awards. 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, with the exception that the five regions with the largest number of members each year have an additional representative serving a one-year term.

The By-Laws and Standing Rules of the California Council for the Social Studies are public documents open to members.

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