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General Board Member Application

Tier 1 applications are due October 5, 2020

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. Professional membership in NODA for no less than 4 years; NODA membership must be current at application and throughout term 
  2.  Professional experience in higher education for at least 6 years
  3. At least 3 years of service in a volunteer, appointed or elected NODA leadership position including but not limited to: leadership team member, regional leadership, network chair, standing appointment, committee chair
  4. Leadership and management experience that reflect the skills needed to fulfill the General Board Member’s responsibilities
  5. Current employment in orientation, transition and retention and/or student affairs at an institution of higher education at time of application and throughout term
  6. Financial support (institutional or personal) is required 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
  2. Experience outside of traditional orientation programming (ie. retention and transition responsibilities)
  3. Experience managing and balancing budgets

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. Demonstrated contributions to the scholarship of the Association including, but not limited to: conference presentations or publication submission
  5. Ability to think strategically and implement change
  6. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills and represent the Board of Directors to the membership with clarity, professionalism, and integrity
  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 Board meetings (1 in-person Fall (Annual Conference); 1 in-person Spring and 1 virtual meeting in July), including periodic conference calls, online meetings, etc. 
  2.  Provide leadership as the sole governing body of the Association 
  3. Be responsible for the formulation of clear Association direction (strategic plan), and the implementation of the plan
  4. Set internal and external policy and priorities/goals for the Association based on strategic vision
  5. Serve as liaisons to select Association committees in order to provide effective and consistent information flow
  6. Provide the necessary direction, resources and support to the Executive Director to ensure a successful Association staff
  7. Set expectations to guide staff and volunteer workforce in the implementation of Association operations and activities
  8. Serve as a resource person for NODA members as needed
  9. Attend annual conference (required) and regional conference (strongly encouraged)
  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 Tier 1 candidate, you must  complete the online application, which requires:

  1. A current resume (including NODA Involvement)
  2. Diversity & Inclusion Statement: NODA is an inclusive community of practitioners and scholars; building, fostering and sharing an environment that promotes connections of people and ideas for peer-to- peer learning. We value diversity of ideas, institutions, and individuals. In your role, how will you attend to the diverse needs of membership, as well as ensure content to support diverse populations of college students, their families and their campuses?
  3. Three references. One must be from a NODA leader and the other two must be NODA members.
  4. Personal Statement: Please include a personal statement that explains why you want to be a NODA leader and what you hope to accomplish in your role if elected.

If selected to move on to Tier 2, you will be required to provide:

  • A financial letter of support from your supervisor/institution
  • Letters of support: Letters of support should address applicants ability in managing multiple tasks, using independent judgment, taking initiative and demonstrating effective communication with various constituents. (Does not need to be a NODA member)
  • Professional photo
  • An application video (Fligrid with link sent to you from NODA office)

Please 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). 


General Board Member Application Form:

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