Call for Board Nominations 2018

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Nominations for the CSA Board are open! There are five open positions available, each with a three-year term beginning in May 2018.
Self-nominations and nominations of others are encouraged (please see job description and areas of expertise needed, below). If nominating someone else, please first confirm their interest in serving if elected. You will be asked to provide contact information for the nominee as well as a brief background on their relevant experience and skills. Those nominated will be contacted for additional information (i.e., curriculum vitae or resume, a statement addressing critical areas of experience and expertise being sought, and a statement addressing key questions about citizen science). Once that information is submitted, they will be considered for inclusion in the slate of nominees on which paid members of the Association will vote.
Nominations are due by February 26, 2018. A board member job description and list of basic responsibilities is available here. Please contact Na’Taki Osborne Jelks at with any questions or concerns.
Please use the link below to provide nominations. Accessing the link provides an overview of all details needed to submit.

Critical Areas of Experience and Expertise Being Sought:
The board does and will continue to include representatives with a wide range of expertise. However, as our organization is still in the development phase, the current board has identified several critical areas of experience or expertise that are particularly desirable for new board members to have. Those are:

  • Development experience (with emphasis on cultivation of individual donors, planned giving, and/or development of membership programs)
  • Administration/management
  • Early stage organizational set-up
  • Financial oversight
  • Strategic planning
  • Understanding of citizen science community needs

More Details About the Nominations Process:
Last year more than 20 people were nominated, and 12 were selected for the ballot to be voted on individually for the open positions by the CSA community. This year’s ballot will be open to vote by paid members of the Association (details here). The nominations committee, made up of a subset of current and former board members and working group members, uses a predefined set of criteria to review each candidate. At least three people review each nominee, and then meet via conference call to discuss candidates. This year’s nominations committee is set to be comprised of approximately 7 members, in expectation of a similar number of submitted nominations as in 2017.
Thank you for your commitment to improving the Citizen Science Association by making a nomination of a candidate or candidates.
Na’Taki Osborne Jelks
On behalf of the CSA Nominations Committee

Posted on: February 5, 2018  |  Category: Blog, CSA Blog