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Applications due by November 27, 2017

Position Description:


Members of the Board of Directors are elected representatives of the NODA membership at-large who are responsible for policy formation, governance and fiscal matters pertaining to the Association. The Board will consist of 12 General Board Members and elected officers. Each General Board Member will serve a three-year term.


Required Qualifications:

  1. At least six (6) years of professional experience in higher education;
  2. Current employment in orientation, transition and retention and/or student affairs at an institution of higher education at time of application and throughout term;
  3. Professional membership in NODA for no less than four (4) years; NODA membership must be current at application and throughout term;
  4. At least three (3) years of service in a volunteer, appointed, or elected leadership position within the Association, including, but not limited to: regional leadership, network chair, standing appointment, committee chair or committee member.  Note: the terms of service will be counted in years served, not in number of positions held; in other words, holding two positions in the same year will only count as one year of service. 
  5. Demonstrated contributions to the scholarship of the Association including, but not limited to: conference presentations, published articles, scholarly research, etc.;
  6. Ability to secure financial support (institutional or personal) to cover the travel costs to attend the Board of Director meetings;

Preferred Qualifications (articulated by the current NODA Board of Directors):

  1. Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field preferred;
  2. Experience with retention and transition programming preferred;

Preferred Area(s) of Institutional Representation:


  1. Previous or current experience working at a 2-year institution preferred;
  2. Previous or current experience working at a small college preferred;
  3. Previous or current experience working at a minority-serving institution preferred;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Necessary to Perform the Primary Responsibilities of the Position (listed below):


  1. Knowledge of, and commitment to, the structure, purposes, and goals of NODA internationally, nationally and regionally;
  2. Current knowledge of (and demonstrated commitment to) the field of orientation, transition, and retention  (Demonstrated higher-level experience in another Student Affairs association may be considered);
  3. Knowledge of (and attentiveness to) issues relating to diverse constituencies;
  4. Effective written and oral communication skills;
  5. Effective leadership and managerial skills;
  6. Ability to think strategically about how the Association can meet the goals and objectives outlined in the current Strategic Plan;
  7. Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, balancing the needs of the Association Staff, NODA Leadership, NODA membership, and external constituents;

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Prepare for, attend, and participate in all meetings of the NODA Board of Directors (1 in-person Fall (annual conference); 1 in-person Spring and 1 virtual meeting in July/August), including periodic conference calls, online meetings, etc.
  2. Attend the NODA Annual conference (required) and regional conference (strongly encouraged);
  3. Provide leadership as the sole governing body of the Association;  
  4. Be responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Association;
  5. Set internal and external policy and priorities/goals for the Association based on strategic vision;
  6. Provide the necessary direction, resources, and support to the Executive Director to ensure the Association staff can perform their job duties effectively;
  7. Set expectations to guide staff and volunteer workforce in the implementation of Association operations and activities;
  8. Serve as liaisons to select Association committees, to provide effective and consistent information flow;
  9. Serve as a resource person for NODA members as needed;
  10. Complete other duties as delegated by the President. 

Application Information:


The following is required for application to be a NODA General Board Member. The Nominations Committee may follow up with additional opportunities to promote your candidacy, and all materials will be available to NODA members for review during the election period.


As a candidate, you must:

1. Complete the online application.
2. Provide a current resume.
3. Provide a personal statement that addresses the following items

  • your motivation to run for a position on the NODA Board of Directors;
  • the strengths and unique qualities you would bring to the position and to the Board;
  • how your experience as a volunteer in NODA has helped you understand the structures and operational processes of the Association;
  • your professional background and knowledge of the OTR field;
  • how you will leverage this information to function strategically in a highly collaborative environment balancing the needs of the Association Staff, NODA leadership, NODA membership, and diverse constituents.

4. Provide two letters of recommendation/support:

  • One letter must be from your immediate supervisor and address the ability to provide financial support for all costs associated with performing the duties of the position, and acknowledge that NODA will not reimburse these costs.
  • Letters of recommendation should address your experience in strategic planning and implementing change, and how you meet the needs of diverse constituents.

5. Read the NODA Conflict of Interest Policy, NODA Leadership Standards & Commitments & Statement of Purpose Volunteer Accountability before completing your application. If appointed to the position that you are applying for, you promise to adhere to these guidelines and agree to take on the responsibilities associated with the position. You understand that the NODA Board of Directors has the authority to remove you from this position should you neglect to fulfill all associated responsibilities. You promise to work in the best interest of NODA and towards the premises and goals outlined in the NODA Strategic Plan. You acknowledge that if elected, any currently held positions (elected or appointed) will be concluded by the time this position starts (i.e. you cannot run for President if you're serving on the Board of Directors, unless you are completing the 3rd year of your term). 


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