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Monday, May 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Call for Nominations for Election to ACR
Board of Directors and President-Elect
2020 Elections – Monday, June 1, 2020

Each year, ACR seeks dedicated, energetic, enthusiastic, talented and knowledgeable members to become volunteer leaders as Board Directors and Officers. If you are such a member or know a member who qualifies, this is the time to consider becoming a  candidate (or nominating someone) for a seat on the Board.  

The deadline for receipt of Nominations for candidates shall be Monday June 1, 2020 at 11:00 PM (EDT). This date is final.

Nominations may be sent to admin@acrnet.org; put “2020 Elections” in the subject line.  The date and time indicated in the email will be used to determine when received. Emails sent to any other email address will not be accepted.

Nominations can also be made in writing addressed to ACR Nominations Committee, ℅ Becky Bartness, 915 Emerson Drive, Charlottesville Va, 22901.  Nominations sent by mail must be received by Monday, June 1, 2020.

The deadline is final and will not be extended for any reason. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application information requested is set out below under the heading: “Each nomination must include”.

As provided in ACR’s Bylaws, the Nominations and Election Committee is soliciting nominations for the following positions who will be elected by voting members of ACR:

One President-Elect, who will serve a three-year term, commencing at the end of the 2020 Annual Meeting, the first year as President-Elect, the second year as President and the third year as Immediate Past-President. To be eligible for election to this office a candidate must be a current Member of ACR in good standing and must either serve currently on the Board or have served on the Board within the five years immediately preceding his or her nomination as President-Elect.  Eligible candidates for this position are listed at the end of this notice.

One Sections Director, who will serve a three-year term, commencing at the end of the 2020 Annual Meeting. To be eligible for election as Sections Director, a person must be a current Member of ACR in good standing for a minimum of one year, be at least eighteen years of age, have been a Section Chair or a member of Section leadership and will not have served on the Board for more than six consecutive years at the end of the term for which he or she is seeking election.

One Director-at-Large, who will serve a three-year term, commencing at the end of the 2020 Annual Meeting. To be eligible for election to the Board, a person must be a current Member of ACR in good standing for a minimum of one year, be at least eighteen years of age and will not have served on the Board for more than six consecutive years at the end of the term for which they are seeking election. The current Directors are listed at the end of this notice.  Those Directors whose term expires this year and who are eligible for re-election are also identified there.

The duties and qualifications for these positions, and the expected attributes of Directors, follow:

The President-Elect shall participate in the governance of ACR in a manner best calculated to serve as preparation for his or her term as President. The President-Elect shall (a) develop appropriate plans to facilitate the prompt and effective implementation of the Presidency when his or her term begins, to ensure leadership continuity for ACR; (b) shall carry out special assignments at the direction of the President, Executive Committee or Board of Directors; and (c) shall perform the duties of the President in the event of his or her absence or incapacity.  If the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the President-Elect shall serve as President of ACR for the balance of that President's term of office, as well as the term, which he or she would normally have served.

The Sections Director is the liaison between the Board and the members and leaders of ACR Sections.  The Section Director participates in Board meetings and activities and communicates regularly with section leaders.  The Sections Director is expected to commit sufficient time and effort to manage the policy oversight of ACR and engage in fundraising on its behalf, thus recognizing his or her dedicated effort to the ultimate success of ACR.

To qualify for Sections Director, the Individual must have previously served in a leadership role in a Section. 

At-large Directors are expected to commit sufficient time and effort to provide policy oversight of ACR and engage in fundraising on its behalf, thus recognizing the importance of their dedicated efforts to the ultimate success of ACR. Board members are expected to attend at least one (1) virtual Board meetings a month, serve on Committees, and act as a liaison to a Section. 

As you consider nominating yourself or nominating another member, please review the following attributes of ACR Board members that reflect ACR’s Core Values and will enhance its effectiveness within all open positions. These attributes will be considered by the Nominations Committee in the selection process for nominees.

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment to and involvement with ACR. Examples include, but are not limited to, serving as chair, president or a member of a Section Advisory Council, Chapter Executive Committee, ACR Committee (such as the Annual Conference, Audit, Finance, Governance or Membership Committee), Task Force or Special Project.
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational or business management, preferably in similar professional or service organizations. Examples include, but are not limited to, long-range planning, branding, component relations, fundraising, finance, conference planning, electronic and print communications, strategic partnerships and program evaluation.
  • Enhance diversity within the Board as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, and professional level. ACR seeks leaders who practice a variety of types of conflict resolution and/or who are from all sizes and types of conflict resolution organizations.
  • Commitment to participate actively in the Board’s work including, but not limited to, the Annual meeting, conference, and Board meetings, as well as chairing at least one Committee, Task Force or Working Group.  A President-Elect nominee should have demonstrated leadership by having Chaired at least one Committee during time on Board. Typically, ACR Board members have devoted between 5 to 10 hours a week performing Board and Committee business. In the recent past, Board meetings have taken place by a monthly conference call and by a meeting immediately preceding the Annual conference or meeting (held virtually or at the conference location). Historically, some costs have been partially reimbursable upon request.
  • Provide financial support to the Annual Fund, special events and/or fundraising campaigns (consistent with one’s financial ability) and assist in other resource development activities.
  • Demonstrate positive leadership attributes and emotional intelligence by working collaboratively and engaging in constructive debate and discussion when needed.
  • Be a Visionary and Strategic Thinker with demonstrated ability and appreciation of new and innovative programs. Examples include, but are not limited to, incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Have a collegial attitude and commitment toward all ACR members including, but not limited to, an openness to new ideas, projects and strategies that support the mission of ACR, and a respect for and positive attitude toward the work of ACR, its Board and staff as well as its Sections, Chapters, Committees, Task Forces and Working Groups.
  • Comfortable and experienced with technology. Due to geographic distances and the availability of online technology, virtual meeting platforms, Google docs, social media, email and other online based technology is used for the majority of Board and ACR interactions.  

Each nomination must include:

  1. Your name and relationship to the individual(s) you are nominating; if you are nominating yourself, please write “self”;
  2. Your mailing address, email and telephone number;
  3. The nominee’s name;
  4. The position for which the nomination is being made;
  5. The nominee’s contact information (including mailing address, email and telephone numbers);
  6. A brief statement, not exceeding 250 words, regarding the nominee’s eligibility and other qualifications for the position and addressing the attributes identified above, as well as any other information that might be relevant to the Nominating Committee’s consideration of the nominated individual, such as:
  • service and leadership positions held in ACR and other organizations;
  • special expertise and/or knowledge that would be useful for the position for which he or she is being nominated; and
  • if the Nomination is being made for someone else, whether the nominee has been asked, and has agreed, to serve if elected.

The deadline for receipt of Nominations for candidates shall be Monday, June1,  2020 at 11:00 PM (EDT).  Again, this date is final. 

For any other information about being a Director, please contact Becky Bartness at bab@wb-law.com or any current Director. You can find their contact information at www.acrnet.org or by clicking here.   

Respectfully submitted,
The Nominations and Elections Committee
admin@acrnet.org


Former Board members eligible for President-Elect (if membership criteria is met): 

Tricia Jones   Lois Edmund
 Lisa Pomerantz  Mike Maday
 Cheryl Cutrona  Sarah Espinosa
 Erricka Bridgeford  Donzell Robinson
 Nancy Flatters  Bryan Hanson
 Sheila Sproule  Leslie Nelson
 Cheryl Jamison  Lou Gieszl
 Sheri Callahan  Ken Reed
 Jacqueline Bleak  Tracy King

 

Current ACR Board Members and eligibility for President-Elect (with year term expires indicated)*:  

Richard Barbieri, 2020; Sarah Kauffman, 2020; Marya Kolman, 2020; Katrina Nobles, 2020; Victoria McClain, 2020; Barbara Melamed, 2020;  Ron Williams, 2020; Fernaundra Ferguson, 2021; Marvin Johnson, 2022; Becky Bartness, 2020; Michael Rust**, 2021; Kelly Riley, 2022***  

*Not Eligible: **Current President  ***Incoming President   


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