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Board of Directors Competencies and Responsibilities

The Nominating Committee is accepting applications from TESOL members who wish to run for a position on the Board of Directors. This year, the Nominating Committee will fill three (3) vacancies. The deadline for applications (EOI forms) is midnight, U.S. Eastern time, 30 ​June 2019.. Please note that if you are elected, you will be asked to step down from any professional council or other formal roles within TESOL International Association.

Eligibility

To run for the TESOL Board of Directors, you must be
  • an active member of TESOL for the past five (5) years by 1 June of the year for which your name will appear on the ballot
  • not a director who has served on the board within the previous six (6) years
  • not a former president of TESOL
  • not a full- or part-time employee of TESOL International Association within the past three (3) years
  • not a member of the Nominating Committee at the time of the election

Board of Directors Responsibilities

Directors serve on the TESOL Board of Directors. As such, they have three core responsibilities:
  • Set the direction for the association: perform strategic thinking and planning, promote a positive public image, set mission and vision, establish organizational values, approve operational and annual plans
  • Ensure wise use of association resources: hire capable executive leadership, provide fiduciary responsibility
  • Provide oversight of the association: oversee financial management, minimize exposure to risk, measure progress on strategic plan, monitor programs and services, provide legal and moral oversight, evaluate the CEO, and perform self-evaluation
Additional responsibilities include coordinating and leading various board work groups and task forces, representing the association at various affiliate and professional events, advocating for TESOL members in their professional contexts, and responding to changes in the field.

What Competencies Are Needed to Perform This Role Well?

Knowledge

  • Understand TESOL International Association's structure, policies, and culture (including its mission, vision, values, goals, current strategic plan, governance structure, role of staff and volunteers, programs and services)

  • Understand the current TESOL field and its direction (including ELT profession in different contexts, threats/challenges in the ELT field for the association, authoritative literature on association leadership and governance, the association's role in advancing the field)

Skills

Leadership

  • Ability to inspire and empower others, including the recruitment and mentoring of new leaders

  • Use resources effectively to achieve set goals, including organizing tasks, delegating responsibilities that use people's skills efficiently, and directing other resources

 Strategic thinking & Decision making

  • Ability to consider the big picture while being goal/future-oriented, not get caught in minutiae

  • Ability to process large amounts of information; synthesize and incorporate multiple viewpoints and perspectives

  • Ability to think independently and critically (including using research data, asking questions, challenging unsubstantiated information)

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify issues as well as the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

  • Ability to make informed decisions efficiently and take action when needed

  • Ability to be objective at all times about what is best for the whole of the association rather than what is best for a particular constituency

  • Ability to analyze reports of standing committees, task forces, etc. and comment on drafts of publications and other documents as appropriate

Communication

  • speak professionally in small or large groups with prepared materials (including to articulate oneself clearly, concisely and logically while addressing the audience's needs)

  • enhance one's intercultural competence continually and proactively, to represent the association in interactions with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of people in multiple contexts effectively

  • facilitate group discussions strategically (including focusing on the agenda and working for practical consensus)

  • advocate for ELT professionals, students, and the field at multiple levels, from local to international

  • promote transparency, communicating developments to members, affiliates, etc. and invite input

Independent and Team Work

  • Ability to effectively collaborate with the Executive Director, Board colleagues, and staff

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to interact with other board members in a group setting, both contributing to, and valuing the contributions of all members

  • Ability to provide feedback to the Executive Director on behalf of the Board

 
Financial Skills

  • Ability to understand and analyze financial reports

  • Ability to review and analyze proposed budgets in light of Association resources, strategic goals, and priorities

Experience

  • Have various leadership experiences within the profession

  • Have leadership experience within TESOL

  • Have thorough knowledge of TESOL policies and procedures

  • Have experience interacting with diverse ELT professionals

What Is Expected of the Candidate?

It is expected that you
  • have a commitment to the purpose, mission, and values of the association
  • have a strong interest in working on the advancement of the association
  • have cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation of different cultural needs
  • act morally and ethically in accordance with the values of the association
  • avoid conflicts of interest
  • understand the need to base decisions on what is good for the association
  • accept accountability for group decisions so that the Board of Directors speaks with one voice
  • can dedicate 2–3 hours a week to your board work for a term of three (3) years
  • prepare for all meetings and conference calls in advance and actively participate in all of them
  • efficiently use technology to respond to online communications (emails, web meetings, conference calls)
  • maintain confidentiality
  • have institutional support for their service during the three-year term

How to Apply

You are required to submit your expression of interest (EOI) form online. The deadline for completed EOI forms is midnight, U.S. Eastern time, 30 ​June 2019.. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Rita Buckner at rbuckner@tesol.org or +1.703.518.2507 (Virginia, USA).

Application Materials

The application requires you to submit information about your leadership experience and your background and your competencies. The process will be easier if you prepare the following information in advance. (Please note that word limits will be strictly enforced.)

Statement of Purpose

Please submit a brief statement elaborating your reason for running, including how your areas of expertise would complement other members of the Executive Committee. (250 words.)

Institutional Support

Do you have institutional support (time allowed to perform responsibilities) from your organization?  ____Yes     No____

Knowledge: Please explain (and support with examples) your knowledge of (250 words).

  • TESOL International Association's structure, policies, and culture (including its mission, vision, values, goals, current strategic plan, governance structure, policies, role of staff and volunteers, programs and services, needs of members and stakeholders)
  • the current TESOL field and its direction (including ELT profession in different contexts, threats/challenges in the ELT field for the association, authoritative literature on association leadership and governance, the association's role in advancing the field)

Leadership Experiences: List your leadership training and leadership roles, both from within and outside TESOL International Association. Start with the most recent and include a brief description of each (type, focus, dates of service). (300 words)

Leadership Skills: Please give examples that demonstrate your leadership abilities to (300 words).

  • inspire and empower others including the recruitment/mentoring of new leaders
  • efficiently use resources to achieve set goals, including organizing tasks, delegating responsibilities that use people's skills efficiently, and directing other resources

Strategic thinking & Decision making: Please give examples that demonstrate your abilities to do the following before making decisions.  (300 words).

  • consider the big picture while being goal/future-oriented, not get caught in minutiae
  • process large amounts of information; synthesize and incorporate multiple viewpoints and perspectives
  • think independently and critically (including using research data, asking questions, challenging unsubstantiated information)
  • analyze reports of standing committees, task forces, etc. and comment on drafts of publications and other documents as appropriate

Communication: Please give examples that demonstrate your communication abilities to do the following:  (300 words).

  • speak professionally in small or large groups with prepared materials (including to articulate oneself clearly, concisely and logically while addressing the audience's needs)
  • enhance one's intercultural competence continually and proactively, to represent the association in interactions with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of people in multiple contexts effectively
  • facilitate group discussions strategically (including focusing on the agenda and working for practical consensus)
  • advocate for ELT professionals, students, and the field at multiple levels, from local to international
  • promote transparency, communicating developments to members, affiliates, etc. and invite input

Independent and Team Work: Please give examples that demonstrate your abilities to:  (300 words).

  • effectively collaborate with the executive director, board colleagues, and staff
  • work independently
  • interact with other board members in a group setting, both contributing to, and valuing the contributions of all members

Financial Skills: Please give examples that demonstrate your abilities to:  (250 words).

  • understand and analyze financial reports
  • review and analyze proposed budgets in light of association resources, strategic goals, and priorities

 Areas of Growth

Please list the skills and competencies related to service on the Board of Directors that you feel you need to strengthen. (Please limit to 150 words.)

 Biographical Statement

Please submit a short professional biography. (Please limit to 300 words.)

 Statement of Understanding

Describe your understanding of the Board of Director’s role. (Please limit to 200 words.)

References

Please list contact information for a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) TESOL members who can serve as your reference. Please make sure to notify your designated references in advance. (Note: Please do not use as references current Nominating Committee members, current past president or current TESOL staff members. Also, please do not use more than one current or past board member. Finally, it is preferred that you do not use a reference who has already written letters for other current applicants.)

 Access the Expression of Interest Form

The deadline for completed EOI forms is midnight, US Eastern time, 30 ​June 2019.
When you have completed your form, you should receive an email acknowledging your application. If you do not receive the acknowledgment or your have any questions, please contact Rita Buckner (phone: +1 703.518.2507).

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