General Board of Directors Member

Position Description

This is an Association-leading volunteer position, ideal for those interested in determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long-term goals, representing the Association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

By serving on the Board of Directors, volunteers actively engage with the Association’s strategies, educational advancement, finances, and governance to further enhance the community and lead the future of NODA and the Orientation, Transition, and Retention field.


The NODA Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee (President, President-Elect, Past-President, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Treasurer, & Executive Director) and 12 General Board Members (GBM) that are elected representatives of the NODA membership at-large. General Board members serve three-year staggered terms from January through December. Four general board members are elected annually


  • Prepare for, attend, and participate in all Board of Directors meetings (1 in-person Fall (annual conference); 1 in-person Spring and 1 virtual meeting in July), including monthly virtual Board update meetings
  • Provide leadership as the sole governing body of the Association
  • Be responsible for the formulation of clear Association direction (strategic plan), and the implementation of the plan
  • Set, deliberate and decide internal and external policy and priorities/goals for the Association based on strategic vision
  • Serve as liaisons to select Association committees in order to provide effective and consistent information flow
  • Provide the necessary direction, resources, and support to the Executive Director to ensure a successful Association staff
  • Set expectations to guide staff and volunteer workforce in the implementation of Association operations and activities
  • Serve as a resource for NODA members
  • Attend the Association annual conference (required) and regional conference (strongly encouraged)
  • Complete other duties as delegated by the President.


At the time of application, individuals must have:

  • Full-time employment at a higher-education institution
  • Active NODA membership
  • 4 years of professional, full-time employment in higher education/higher education adjacent work
  • Successfully completed a full-term in a previous NODA or Higher Ed Association leadership role as identified on the Association’s Election Resources Web Page
  • A letter of Institutional support



General board members are required to maintain an active Association membership for the duration of their term.


General board members are required to maintain employment at a higher education institution or a non-profit interest in the field of OTR for the duration of their term.


Financial support (institutional or personal) is required to cover travel costs to attend conferences and Board of Director meetings. If institutional support is unavailable, email the chair of the Candidate Review and Elections Subcommittee to discuss options.


General board members require a commitment of three years. During the course of the term, a General board members should anticipate an average of 4-6 hours of Association-related calls and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person and virtual NODA Board of Director meetings.


General board members responsibilities require members to be in active communication with other members, executive committee members, Association staff, and external constituents. General board members are expected to engage in discussion and actively participate in Board of Directors’ work. GBM are also expected to represent the Board of Directors to the membership with clarity, professionalism, and integrity.


  • Master’s degree in Education, or related field
  • Diverse professional experience with a variety of institution types, OTR roles, supervision lines, etc.
  • Leadership and management experience that reflect the skills needed to fulfill the General Board Member’s responsibilities outlined above.
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the field of orientation, transition, and retention
  • Knowledge and demonstrated commitment to best practices and trends related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Contributions to the scholarship of the Association including, but not limited to: conference presentations or publication submission
  • Knowledge and/or Experience managing budgets
  • Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of NODA’s core purpose, beliefs, values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position as stated above.

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