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What We do on the ASDAH Board

The ASDAH Board is comprised of 9 members, and we work with committee chairs to form the Leadership Team. The main function of the Board is to guarantee ASDAH’s ability to serve its members and fulfill its mission. Our board is also a working board, which means that in addition to visioning and setting direction, we do much of the work of running the organization.

 

Nonprofit Board members have responsibilities that include:

  • Serving as an ambassador of ASDAH to the public
  • Assessing ASDAH’s direction and evaluating the organization’s purpose, mission, and effectiveness
  • Assessing our progress towards meeting the goals and objectives of our strategic plan
  • Ensuring that ASDAH adequately handles all liability and financial risks
  • Overseeing ASDAH’s annual budgeting process
  • Ensuring that ASDAH is operating within nonprofit best practices
  • Participating actively in board meetings and committees

What Our Culture Aspires to Be

We strive to be a collaborative, inclusive and conscientious team that always keeps ASDAH’s and its members' interests at the forefront of our work. We want to empower our board members to take the actions they deem necessary and valuable while providing general guidance and support. While aiming to constantly move the organization forward, we hope to do so with thoughtful respect of the past and thorough consideration of the impact of our actions.

Diversity and Accessibility

ASDAH's board centers diversity, inclusiveness, accessibility and anti-oppression work.

 

ASDAH especially welcomes nominations from and for people from marginalized communities. Marginalized Communities refers to individuals or communities impacted by oppression; some examples include people of color, LGBQ and Trans folx, fat and superfat people, and disabled people.

 

Available Positions, Valuable Skills & Expectations

We currently have seven positions available in this coming election cycle. The following offers a brief list of the kinds of skills, attitude, etc. that would be advantageous for the person in this position. Full position descriptions can be found below.

 

President (1-year term)
  • Strong initiative and drive
  • Active listener who is able to facilitate group discussion and decision-making
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Anti-oppression background
  • Authentic, genuine, and caring of ASDAH
  • Willing and eager to learn all aspects of ASDAH work including operations, strategic planning, and implementation

Click here for full position description.

 

President Elect (2-year term)

  • Strong initiative and drive
  • Active listener who is able to facilitate group discussion and decision-making
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Anti-oppression background
  • Authentic, genuine, and caring of ASDAH
  • Willing and eager to learn all aspects of ASDAH work including operations, strategic planning, and implementation

Click here for full position description. 

 

Membership Director (2-year term)
  • detail-oriented
  • good note-taking skills
  • organized
  • willingness to get familiar with bylaws and policies
  • a good multi-tasker

Click here for full position description. 

 

Equity Director

  • a commitment to inclusiveness and intersectionality
  • leadership skills
  • organizational skills
  • communication skills
  • lots of initiative and inner drive

Click here for full position description.

 

At Large Positions (3 Available / 1-year term)

  • project management skills
  • lots of initiative and inner drive
  • excellent at follow-up and follow-through
  • comfortable moving fluidly between leadership and supportive roles

Click here for full position description. 

 

General Duties of all Directors

 

Directors need to be familiar with the HAES® approach and be willing to engage in anti-oppression work.

 

Directors are expected to attend all meetings (monthly conference calls), except in the case of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance, and to participate on the membership and leadership listserv. If any Director misses more than two meetings of the Board/Leadership Team, or is habitually late, that Director must discuss their status with the Board President. Directors shall submit monthly reports of their activities to the leadership team as requested by the Board President.

 

The time commitment involved in serving on the Leadership Team as an elected Director varies greatly. An estimate of the average time spent might be five to twenty hours per month, depending on the position and one's individual schedule at a given point in time. Monthly Leadership Team calls require attendance by all, with each call running 1.5 hours in length. Directors are also required to participate on a committee. Most committees also meet monthly for one-hour conference calls. Team members will spend time on follow-up discussions via email, and on any tasks that one has individually agreed to take on. The actual total time spent will thus be determined by the specific duties of the Board position one is elected to, e.g. President requires a more significant time commitment by definition than does an At-Large position, and by the type and number of projects one commits to being involved with.

 

Legal Obligations/Fiduciary Duties: Under well-established principles of nonprofit corporation law, a board member must meet certain standards of conduct and attention in carrying out his or her responsibilities to the organization. These standards are usually described as the duty of care, the duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience.

 

  • Duty of Loyalty:
  • Duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness; a board member must give undivided allegiance when making decisions affecting the organization. This means that a board member can never use information obtained as a member for personal gain, but must act in the best interests of the organization.  It also means board members must avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, as well as actual conflicts of interest.

     

  • Duty of Care:
  • Duty of care describes the level of competence that is expected of a board member, and is commonly expressed as the duty of “care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances.” This means that a board member has the duty to exercise reasonable care when they make a decision as a steward of the organization.

     

  • Duty of Obedience:
  • Duty of obedience requires board members to be faithful to the organization’s mission. They are not permitted to act in a way that is inconsistent with the central goals of the organization or the laws that govern nonprofit activities. A basis for this rule lies in the public’s trust that the organization will manage donated funds to fulfill the organization’s mission.

 

Click here for more information about the duties of all board member positions. 

 

Approximately 8-40 hours a month are expected, on average, from each board position. This work is a combination of meetings, tasks and projects, some by group and some individually.

Nominations & Election Process

Once the nominations process is announced, anyone may submit their name or someone else’s name (with their permission) for nomination to an available position on the ASDAH board. This should be submitted with a personal statement written from the first-person perspective that is no more than 300 words and one letter of recommendation. The nominations period closes on May 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT, and starting on May 25th, 2020 we will begin a one-week elections period conducted online. At the close of elections, the votes will be tallied and the winners announced as the newest members of the ASDAH Board. Nominees should reserve June 10, 2020 from 8-9:30 pm ET / 5-6:30 PT for a board transition meeting.

 

To apply for an open board position:

Email nominations@sizediversityandhealth.org and include:

  • The position(s) you are interested in;
  • A brief statement of purpose (300 words or fewer) addressing the following:
  • Your commitment to HAES, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Your skills and experience that have prepared you for this position;
  • A brief description of how you envision ASDAH’s capability to grow and expand as an organization.
  • One letter of recommendation. This letter should address your commitment to HAES principles and the ASDAH mission, relevant past experience, and how you are the best fit for the position.

If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please confirm with them first, to ensure that they are eligible, qualified, and willing to apply for and take on the board position for which they are being nominated.

Nominations and candidate statements must be submitted to nominations@sizediversityandhealth.org by 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Click here to read the ASDAH by-laws related to board nominations.

 

Please send all nominations to nominations@sizediversityandhealth.org.

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