Call for Nominations.
year, NAFCM seeks the best and brightest from amongst those serving or
otherwise interested in the field of community mediation to become
candidates for the NAFCM Board of Directors. Serving as a NAFCM Board
member is an incredible opportunity to learn about and influence how the
entire field operates. If you would like to share your experience and
skills as a volunteer NAFCM Board member, please review the information
below and consider submitting an application during our official
NAFCM's Board of Directors are those individuals who have a passion for
community mediation, its advancement, services, and potential. This
passion may originate from your current employment or volunteer services
with a particular community mediation program, or through some other
involvement within the field, such as a program funder, ADR advocate,
client, or other stakeholder role. No particular background or title is
required of candidates for the NAFCM Board of Directors. Instead, we
ask that all candidates demonstrate a commitment toward advancing the
field's ideals through their personal and/or professional activities.
Candidates from diverse personal backgrounds and professional histories
are strongly encouraged, as NAFCM actively seeks
representativeness along numerous measures of diversity. If a
candidate is not already a current NAFCM member at the time of
nomination, an individual or affiliated program membership will be
required prior to the certification of the election outcome.
part of our call NAFCM intends to further enhance the Board of
Directors' core talents and representations. Specifically, the core
talents NAFCM seeks includes fundraising/grant writing, marketing
and public relations, financial management, collaborative technologies,
and association management. The organization is also keen to expand the
Board to include states, commonwealths and territories where our
members reside. As the organization continues to build upon its growing
international presence, NAFCM is also pleased to invite nominations from
colleagues outside the U.S. We warmly welcome all candidates
regardless of professional background or geography.
Elected nominees will join a stellar class of current board members, and help influence the exciting future of community mediation around the globe!
you have a question about whether you are qualified to become a
candidate for NAFCM's Board of Directors, please feel free to contact us.
Board Member Expectations
the NAFCM Board of Directors serve on a "Working Board." This
designation indicates Board members should expect to devote a regular,
but manageable number of hours and resources toward accomplishing
specific organizational objectives. Being part of NAFCM's Board of
Directors carries the following expectations:
- Time Commitment
Board members serve three year terms beginning in the Spring of the year
they are elected and concluding in the Spring three years thereafter.
NAFCM's Bylaws allow individuals to run for re-election during the cycle
in which their tenure would otherwise end, resulting in a combined term
of up to six consecutive years. At the discretion of the Board, terms
for shorter than three years may be requested and/or provided based on
the needs of both the individual candidate and the organization.
- During their
tenure, Board members are expected to consistently donate a minimum of
eight hours per month to NAFCM projects. Many previous Board members
have found this expectation to be an aligned, manageable extension of
their current professional responsibilities. Though Board members are
encouraged to develop specific goals for their Board tenure, one's
monthly time commitment will likely mirror the following allocation:
- 1.5 hours - Monthly Board Meeting (including preparation, participation, and follow-up; conducted via tele/web conferencing)
- 1.5 hours - Monthly Committee and/or Task Force Meeting(s) (conducted via tele/web conferencing)
- 1.5 hours - Member Engagement (telephone contact, email exchanges, and local on-site visits)
- 2-3 hours -
Personal Goals (specific, measurable, and personalized goals designed to
further NAFCM's objectives by capitalizing on individual's abilities,
knowledge, skills, and resources)
- 1.5 hours - Officer Responsibilities
- Travel Commitment
- Annual Face-to-Face Board Meeting
- In addition to
the monthly Board meetings held via tele/web conferencing technologies,
the NAFCM Board holds one face-to-face meeting each year that usually
lasts three days. Nominal financial support for Board members'
attendance at the face-to-face meeting has varied over the years, and is
dependent upon the organization's available funds. If travel funds are
not available during any particular year, Board members are asked to
cover their own costs as an in-kind contribution to NAFCM.
- Regional Training Institutes
- NAFCM conducts
Regional Training Institutes (RTI) on a semi-regular basis. Though Board
member attendance at these RTIs is not required (unless paired with the
annual face-to-face meeting), NAFCM does encourages Board members to
attend those events located within their geographic area. Board members
attending these events may receive nominal financial reimbursement if
attending as part of the RTI Training Team.
- Financial Commitment
addition to the various and generous in-kind contributions of Board
members' volunteer time, travel, and other resources, NAFCM also strives
to achieve an annual 100% rate of financial contribution from its Board
of Directors. When achieved, this giving rate strengthens NAFCM's
position when seeking outside funding, as well as provides added
legitimacy when individual Board members ask others to invest in NAFCM.
Each Board member is asked to financially invest at a personally
meaningful and responsible level.
formally opens its Call for Nominations in April. Candidates
are asked to consider both the qualification requirements
and Board member expectations detailed above. If you have
any questions about the qualifications, expectations, or
others' experiences on the Board, please feel free to contact
us and we will be glad to discuss this opportunity further.
candidates have thoroughly reviewed the above information
and feel their service as a NAFCM Board member would be both
personally and organizationally beneficial, we encourage you
to complete the nominations form available below. This form
will help us record and evaluate your candidacy for the
Board. Following the closing of nominations, a phone
interview, conducted by a current NAFCM Board member, will be
scheduled at a convenient time. During this interview,
candidates will be asked follow-up questions to further
detail their current/previous involvement and/or interest in
whose participation in the interview process results in a
mutual decision to move forward, will be added to an
official ballot distributed to the NAFCM membership for
voting. This balloting process will determine the new slate
of Board members for the upcoming term. Newly elected Board
members will be notified of the election outcome according to
the timeline outlined below.
elected, new Board members participate in an orientation
process to familiarize themselves with the operations of the
Board and prepare them for a successful start to their
tenure. New Board members' first official meeting occurs
following their installation at the annual face-to-face meeting.
April 20 2016 - Call for Nominations Opens
May 24, 2016 - Nomination Forms Due
June 2-15, 2016 - Nominee Phone Interviews Conducted
July 8-14 2016 - Ballot open to NAFCM Members
July 21-23 2016 - Candidates Notified of Election Results
*Deadlines conclude at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
Submit a Nominations Form
After you have
reviewed both the qualification requirements and Board member
expectations detailed above, we encourage you to submit the official Nominations Form.
Nominations forms may be completed on another's behalf only if the
submitted candidate is both aware of their nomination and would be
interested in serving on the Board.
questions about NAFCM's Board of Directors, its placement
process, or whether this opportunity is a good fit for you?
We would be pleased to discuss this opportunity with you.
Please feel free to contact DG Mawn at email@example.com, or any other current NAFCM board member directly. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!