2018 Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors

SIETAR USA asks its members to consider providing leadership and guidance for the organization by joining the Board of Directors. We seek to fill vacant Board positions by issuing this 2018 Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors for roles that will become available for terms beginning in 2019. This is a valuable way for SIETAR members to get connected, expand their network, develop leadership skills, and contribute to the important cause of stewardship of the organization. 

If you are interested in putting your name forth for consideration, please indicate your interest by sending an email to Sandra Fowler, President-Elect at: info@sietarusa.org by Thursday, 4 October 2018.

Board of Directors Positions

For more information about the positions, contact President Elect Sandra Fowler.

  • Membership Outreach and Diversity (MOD): This Portfolio is responsible for growing the membership of our society, increasing the racial, ethnic, religious, sexual identity and orientation diversity of members, overseeing membership recruitment, partnering with and reaching out to new organizations and audiences for inclusion in the Society. This is a 3 Year position with voting rights.
  • Professional Development (PD): The Professional Development Portfolio is responsible for developing and monitoring a program of information and opportunities that assist members in obtaining needed professional development.. The Professional Development Chair shall take an active role in the development of the annual conference professional program. This is a 3 Year position with voting rights.

2018 Call for Nominations

We invite you to become involved by nominating yourself or another candidate. You and anyone you nominate must be:

1.      Member in good standing with SIETAR USA
2.      Member who has served on a Committee or similar organizational activity
3.      Member who has attended at least one SIETAR USA conference in the past five (5) years

All names must be submitted in writing by e-mail by Friday 28 September, 2018.   Please email to info@sietarusa.org.

In this document you will find the following:

  • List of positions open for nominations in 2019
  • Explanation of the process
  • Timeline 

In addition, all details of the portfolios for board positions open in 2019 are included at the end of this document. The Call for Nominations is also posted on the SIETAR USA website in Get Involved/Volunteer (http://sietarusa.org/)

List of Positions: There are TWO board positions open for nomination in 2019: 

·         Membership Outreach and Diversity

·         Professional Development


The Executive Committee identifies candidates through a nomination process for each Board position based on the required skill and knowledge sets needed for each position. This slate is then announced to the members of SIETAR USA. Members may add names to the list of candidates by sending a petition to the President Elect by September 28th, 2018. The petition must be signed by at least five current SIETAR USA members who support the addition of this candidate. If there is more than one candidate for a position, an election will be held.  

New Board members will serve their terms starting January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021. They will serve a 3-year term and carry out the responsibilities for the portfolio for which they were elected. Upon completion of his/her 3-year term, every board member can choose to self-nominate for 3 more years of the same or a different board position and go through the nomination process as any new candidate would during that same nomination cycle. According to the by-laws SIETAR USA Board membership generally cannot exceed 9 consecutive years. 


  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Communication out to membership and general public, listing nominations committee members and nominations process
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Reminder communication out to membership and general public.
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Deadline for receipt of nominations with all required documentation sent to Info@sietarusa.org
  • Monday, October 22, 2018 - Selection of nominees by Nominations Committee.
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Slate of candidates for office is sent to the membership. Request for petitions.
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - Deadline for petitions to add individuals to the slate of candidates. If individuals are added so that there is a contested election, a ballot will be submitted to the membership. 
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 – Slate of nominees is sent to membership for electronic ratification
  • Monday, December 3, 2018 -  Results of the election are submitted to the Board. Those selected are notified. 
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Results of the election are announced to the membership. 
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Directors assume their positions on the Board. 

General Duties of Board Members

The SIETAR USA Board of Directors is a working Board, which means that each director has his/her own responsibilities as well as having a voice during conference calls and at in-person meetings regarding the affairs of the Society. Members of the Board of SIETAR-USA must sign and abide by the Board code of ethics and conflict of interest documents. As all members of the society, they are also encouraged to support and sign the Living Code of Ethics. Board members are expected to attend the Annual Conference and the Annual Retreat, a 3-day business meeting held each year. Travel and lodging expenses are covered for the retreat; however, Board members cover their own costs for the conference. In addition, the Board meets by teleconference monthly, and Directors are expected to participate in most of those meetings. 

Some discussions and decisions are held via email.  Directors may hold their own committee calls as needed.

Open Position Descriptions for 2019


The Membership, Outreach and Diversity Portfolio is responsible for establishing membership policies and benefits, overseeing membership recruitment, expanding the diversity of the SIETAR USA membership, and reaching out to new audiences for inclusion in the Society. The Chair of this Portfolio is encouraged to establish a committee to support the work of expanding the membership rolls.


The Professional Development Chair is responsible for developing and monitoring a program of information and opportunities that assist members in obtaining needed professional development. The Society will not engage in activities that directly compete with services already available through its members but will collaborate with other organizations and explore how the needs of field and the membership can be met. The Portfolio Chair is responsible for establishing policies regarding the professional development activities of the Society as needed.

The Professional Development Chair shall take an active role in the development of the annual conference professional program. Part of this Chair’s responsibility in the conference will ensure that, for the purpose of professional development specifically relating to membership in the Society the annual conference includes substantial opportunity (e.g. breakout sessions) for information and dialog around: 1. Local group development and 2. The S-USA living Code of Ethical Behavior.

The Professional Development Chair is responsible for working with the Leadership Development Chair to identify potential committee members, to ensure that voluntary action supporting the Society is appropriately recognized and encouraged, to develop training that will enable new volunteers to work effectively in the organization, and to create a cadre of potential leaders for the Society. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to develop connections with others by contributing in one of these important roles! We look forward to your responses to this Call for Nominations and your participation in this process.

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