About NPA: Leadership - Board of Directors
Elections and Call for Candidate Nominations
The Network Professional Association® (NPA), is seeks nominations for candidates to run for election or appointment to the NPA Board of Directors. Multiple board seats are open to be filled in year-end elections as well as occasional vacancies. The NPA operates a staggered election process to preserve continuity of governance with several current board members continuing to serve while other board members terms expire and as new members are elected. The NPA Board of Directors is responsible for strategic development and executive management of the Association.
Nominees must be NPA members in good standing at the time of nomination. Non-members, e.g. technology, management and other industry professionals, may be nominated but industry board seats are limited to two positions. NPA members may nominate themselves for board candidacy. All nominees are to be ratified by the current Board of Directors. Only NPA members in good standing may vote in the board election.
The NPA Board of Directors is a working leadership board and members serve their two-year terms without compensation in order to support the needs of the Association representing the international networking professional. Board members commit to maintain regular contact via electronic mail and conference calls to engage on a wide range of action items and issues affecting the Association. Board members are expected to contribute to the NPA with their time and skills in a variety of management and technical capacities in addition to their leadership position.
Candidates must supply short biographical information, a photograph, curriculum vitae or resume, and a position statement. Candidates must also complete a short questionnaire. Board member candidate nominations and persons interested in being considered as a candidate should send an initial interest inquiry and contact information to: NPA Chairman of the Board
Board of Directors Duties
Three Primary Board Duties
Thanks to past president, Howard Belasco, for the following words of wisdom.
The Duty of Care
The duty of care requires the director to do what would be expected of any prudent person: read relevant documents, prepare carefully for board meetings, pay attention to what is going on, and ask questions to clarify actions that are being taken. The duty of care permits the delegation of certain responsibilities to staff, consultants, committees and task forces, but requires the director to stay informed of their activities and take appropriate action when indicated.
The Duty of Obedience
The duty of obedience requires the director to act within the scope of legal authority, including the Association's articles of incorporation, by-laws and mission.
The Duty of Loyalty
The duty of loyalty requires the director to give undivided allegiance to the Association without regard to personal interest, business interest, or the interest of any other region or organization. It is a breach of the duty of loyalty for a director to use inside information for personal benefit, or to benefit his region, chapter, business or any other organization. This constitutes conflict of interest and is cause for removal from office.
Detailed Duties for NPA Board Members
- The NPA Board of Directors is responsible for strategic development and executive management.
- Directors are expected to contribute to the collective decision-making process, coordinated but not controlled by the Chair.
- Board Members volunteer for and/or initiate multi-disciplinary projects, through from inception to completion as necessary.
- Attendance by telephone at monthly teleconferences, committee meetings and special project meetings is required with a 75% or greater attendance required. Board members must be able to dedicate time to the business of the Association which can include face-to-face meetings, conference calls, conference attendance and committee work. Candidates should be aware that board meeting attendance is mandatory and missing two consecutive meetings without prior coordination can be cause for removal from the Board.
- Multiple emails per day may require a response, some within one working day. Skill-stretching work outside of your immediate experience is likely to be required. A minimum workload of five hours per week is expected.
- New Board members will be sent, and must read and agree to uphold, all governing documents of the Association, such as the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Association Policies and Procedures, and the Mission and End statements.
- Board Members agree to work for the Association without compensation.
- Board Members can be held accountable for their actions in relation to the decisions made by the Board of Directors. This accountability includes the financial responsibilities of the Board.
- Expenses for NPA related activities are reimbursed provided they are agreed in advance.
- The NPA maintains Errors & Omissions Insurance for all NPA leadership
Board of Directors Questionnaire
Candidates must supply short biographical information, a photograph, curriculum vitae or resume, and a position statement. Candidates must complete the below Questionnaire.
1. Give at least two reasons you are qualified to represent the NPA membership on the NPA Board of Directors?
2. In one or two paragraphs paint vision of the NPA in 2015.
3. How can a volunteer NPA be motivated to achieve the vision?
4. As an executive, managerial, and productive Board member, how will you contribute to the mission of the NPA?
5. Given the noted areas of on operation in the NPA (Publicity, Certified Network Professional, Network Professional Journal, NPA web services, Awards For Professionalism, Member Benefits and Events, NPA Administration and Finance, Chapter/Community Growth and "Professional Champions") Where is your best fit and interest?
6. What is the missing focus of NPA today?
7. What should the position of the NPA be in today technology world?