It’s time again for the annual ASCA Board of Directors election. The Board is comprised of nine (9) Directors, and there are three positions up to be filled.
Candidates must have been a Full Member of ASCA for eight (8) continuous years (without a lapse in membership) and must remain in good standing during their tenure on the Board. Directors are elected to serve a term of three (3) years. They can serve two (2) consecutive terms, then must take a year off.
The Board manages the business and affairs of ASCA. This is mostly done online, so Candidates must be capable with email and basic computer functions. Directors are expected to check their email at least once a day, conduct research, and draft motions as needed. The Board meets face-to-face twice yearly – during the spring at the Business Office in Bryan, Texas, and during the fall at the ASCA National Specialty. They also hold monthly teleconference meetings to handle issues outside of the usual email business.
However, the obligations of a Director are considerable and extend well beyond the basic expectations of attending meetings and voting. They are expected to know ASCA’s mission, vision, purpose, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths, and needs. They must perform their duties responsibly, and with care, loyalty, and obedience to the ASCA members. It is important to note that Directors do not have special privileges, prerogatives, or authority; their obligation is to make corporate decisions. They are expected to meet higher standards of personal conduct on behalf of their organization than those usually expected of other volunteers.
Candidates should be business-minded, able to work with differing personalities, willing to take initiative, willing to provide candid and constructive criticism, detail oriented, and dependable. Directors are often contacted by members with their concerns, and so should make themselves available either by email or phone.
If you’ve made it this far and that sounds like something you’re interested in, please contact the ASCA Business Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Candidate Materials. The deadline to request these materials is February 1, 2020. I’m also available to answer any questions you may have about the requirements and expectations.