NBOA Board of Directors: Recommendations for Nomination

Recommendations to the board are currently closed. If you have any questions, please email membership@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140.

The NBOA Board of Directors (the Board) is self-perpetuating and seeks to be representative of the membership. Members are encouraged to participate in the process by recommending potential candidates to the Governance Committee of the Board. This committee annually considers and proposes for nomination potential candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board.

Board members serve a 3-year term, starting July 1, and are eligible for re-election to a second 3-year term. The commitment of time and energy is considerable, and therefore requires the support of the nominee's institution.

The number of available positions in a given year varies. The election of the best candidates is driven by the desire to assure that the Board is composed of engaged members with appropriate skills and experience who represent the Association's membership, including factors such as size and type of school, geographic distribution, gender balance, and ethnicity and can advance the direction of NBOA as guided by its strategic plan.

Recommendations to the committee are only considered for this year's openings. In any given year, many excellent candidates may not be selected for the limited slots available. Please consider re-submitting your recommendation from last year if you believe the individual is still interested in serving and would be a strong NBOA board member.

Recommendation Process Instructions

The current openings on the board will begin July 1. The Board is seeking independent school expertise, strategic thinking and individuals who are forward-looking from among business officers, heads of school and business partners within the community. Individuals who have a passion for independent schools, a strong commitment to the NBOA mission and a track record of participation in NBOA programs and services are desired. Please note that each recommended person requires the support of a second individual who may be contacted by the Governance Committee during the nominee review process.

The Governance Committee will be meeting in late-Winter and will forward a slate of nominees to the NBOA Board of Directors for election in time for new members to join the Board for New Director Orientation at its Spring Board of Directors Meeting. All individuals recommended will be advised of the committee's decisions as soon as is practicable.

Considerations for Recommenders of Potential NBOA Board Members

Person must be employed by or serve as an officer or director of a member school or organization. Additionally, candidates for nomination will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to NBOA
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience in NBOA and other organizations
  • Experience consistent with the services and products provided by NBOA
  • Appreciation for the respective role of the board in conjunction with the staff
  • Effective 'process' leadership
  • Ability and Willingness to serve (Support from employer to allow person to perform role)

The recommender should, to the extent possible, make reference to these qualities on the recommendation form.

A recommender must also speak with the individual who is being recommended. The recommender should confirm the interest of the person, the ability and willingness to commit to the board, and that the person has the support of his/her school or organization to take on a board role with NBOA. This includes being available for board service as required during the term, including meeting at least three times a year, committee work, and support of and attendance at NBOA professional development offerings.

All recommendations for nomination and any information collected as part of the process are strictly confidential.

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