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LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee FAQs

What is the deadline to apply for the LWVUS Board or Nominating Committee?

Online application forms are due on October 28, 2019.

What does the application process entail?

Interested candidates are required to submit an online application, which includes submitting a resume or CV. In November, selected candidates will be invited for a phone interview and to submit references. By March 2020, the Nominating Committee will decide on a slate of candidates, which it will present to the National Convention delegates in June 2020.

May I apply for more than one position?

Yes, candidates may apply for more than one position, but individuals cannot serve in more than one position. There are separate application forms for LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee.

How many positions are open?

For the LWVUS Board, the following positions are open:  president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and 8 directors.  For the LWVUS Nominating Committee, the following positions are open:  committee chairperson and 2 committee members.  

Term

How long is the LWVUS Board or Nominating Committee term?

All LWVUS Board members and Nominating Committee members are elected at Convention for a two-year term. This term for which applications are being accepted is July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022.

When and where does the LWVUS Board meet?

The LWVUS Board meets four times per year, generally over a weekend in the Washington, DC area; dates of the meetings are announced at the start of the term. One meeting is associated with National Council or Convention in June. A summer retreat may be scheduled.

Do members of the Board or Nominating Committee pay their own costs for attending meetings?

No. LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee member expenses for travel, hotel and meals are built into each LWVUS budget approved by Convention delegates. Members of the board and nominating committee submit expense receipts for reimbursement.

Role

What are the major duties of members of the board?

Board members serve in a governing role. This includes fiduciary oversight as well as strategic visioning and planning for the organization’s short- and long-term goals. Board members also serve as liaison to several state Leagues. A full job description is available here.

Do Board members have to raise funds?

Creating a culture of philanthropy is part of total Board responsibility, just as it is for local and state Leagues. Board members work in conjunction with LWVUS staff to identify and execute on specific roles in this area. Board members are encouraged to make a personal gift to the organization according to their means.

Do Board members serve on committees?

Yes. The LWVUS Board uses a committee system. Each Board member is assigned to several committees based on preferences, talents and experience. Some Board members will serve as committee chairs. Committees primarily meet via conference call. A staff person is assigned to each committee to assist.

How many volunteer hours per week or month are required?

The hours a Board member spends on LWVUS/EF work varies depending on their specific assignments and time of year. On average, board members should plan on spending 20 hours per month on their work.  Officers’ and committee chairs’ obligations require more volunteer time.

What League experience should Board or Nominating Committee nominees have?

Nominees for the LWVUS Board and Nominating Committee must demonstrate their commitment to the League’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy, either within or outside the League. 

If elected to the LWVUS Board, may I continue to serve my local and/or state Board?

LWVUS Board members are encouraged to be active in their state and local Leagues and ILOs. However, it is expected that the national board will be the primary focus of their League volunteer time. Board members may not chair major state League, ILO, or local League projects/events or serve on state League, ILO, or local League boards. All members of the board must comply with this conflict of interest policy.