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President-Elect Competencies and Responsibilities

The Nominating Committee is accepting applications from members of TESOL who wish to run for the president-elect position. The deadline for completed applications (EOI forms) is midnight, US Eastern time, 30 ​June 2019.

Please note that if elected, you will be asked to step down from any professional councils or other formal roles within TESOL International Association.

Eligibility

To run for TESOL President-Elect, you must be
  • an active member of TESOL for the past eight (8) years by 1 June of the year for which his or her name will appear on the ballot
  • a director who has served on the TESOL Board of Directors
  • 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 board of directors at the time of the election
  • Not a member of the Nominating Committee at the time of the election

President-Elect Responsibilities

The president-elect serves for one (1) year as the second highest ranking officer within TESOL International Association before becoming president for one (1) year. Additionally, he or she serves one year as past president. Each position (President, President-Elect, and Past President) carries a unique set of tasks. The candidate must therefore be able to assume responsibility for all tasks as he or she rotates through the positions.

The president-elect serves on the Executive Committee and board of directors. The president-elect carries out his or her duties in collaboration with the Executive Committee and the board of directors. These duties include three core responsibilities:
  • Help set direction for the association: perform strategic thinking and planning, help set mission and vision, honor organizational values, promote positive public image, approve operational and annual plans
  • Help ensure resources for the association: hire capable executive leadership, help ensure adequate financial resources, capably engage the board of directors
  • Help provide oversight of the association: oversee financial management, minimize exposure to risk, measure progress on strategic plan, monitor programs and services, assume legal responsibility and provide ethical oversight, evaluate the CEO
Additional responsibilities include
  • preparing and presiding over meetings and conference calls
  • working closely with the president and executive director on ensuring implementation of the strategic goals
  • working with the president and executive director in acting as the spokesperson for TESOL International Association
  • fully participating in the work of the board of directors
  • representing the association at various affiliate and/or professional events
  • advocating for TESOL members in their professional contexts
  • responding to changes in the field of English language teaching (ELT)

What Competencies Are Needed to Perform the 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 clear vision for the association that can move it forward
  • have a strong interest in working on the advancement of the association
  • help the board exercise proper stewardship of the association
  • have cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation of different cultural needs
  • act morally and ethically in accordance with the association's values
  • 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 5–6 hours a week to your work during your years as president-elect and past-president, with potentially 8 or more hours per week during your year as president
  • be diplomatic yet honest and open in discussions with the executive director and the board of directors
  • prepare in advance for and attend meetings and conference calls and actively participate in all of them
  • maintain confidentiality
  • have institutional support for your service during your three years of presidency

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. (Please limit your statement to 250 words.)

Institutional Support

Do you have institutional support (time allowed to perform your 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, role of staff and volunteers, programs and services)
  • 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 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
  • provide feedback to the executive director on behalf of the board of directors

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 as President-Elect that you feel you need to strengthen. (Please limit to 150 words.)

Biographical Statement (300 words)

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

Statement of Understanding

Describe your understanding of the President’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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