Call for Candidates for NAQC Board of Directors - Response Needed by February 28
Monday, February 4, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Call for Candidates for
NAQC Board of Directors
Response needed by February
On behalf of NAQC’s Board of Directors and the Nomination
Committee, I am soliciting your recommendations for candidates for the NAQC
Board of Directors. NAQC members submitted terrific candidates last year
and we were able to add excellent directors to the board as a result.
We are counting on you to help us find outstanding candidates again this year.
All NAQC members may submit candidate names.You are welcome to recommend
names of candidates whom you nominated in past years.
Please send all
recommendations for candidates to Penny Thomsen, Chair of the Nomination
Committee, c/o Board@naquitline.org by February 28.
This year, we will be electing up to 3 new directors. It is our intention to put
forward up to 5 names to the membership for election. The Board chose this
approach to allow for a meaningful vote without invoking undue
The Board is responsible for setting NAQC’s strategic direction, connecting
with its members and ensuring NAQC’s advancement and sustainability.
During the next few
years quitlines will experience many changes in the populations served,
technology used, and approaches to sustainability. NAQC seeks candidates for
the board who are innovative "difference makers” and who can help guide us
through the changes ahead. Candidates for the board should have
senior level experience, possess leadership skills, be strategic thinkers and
display professional and collegial demeanor. Board members do not represent their
employer or any specific constituency, but instead work together to create a
global vision for NAQC. The board seeks members who are committed to NAQC’s
mission and values, contribute diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences, and
have expertise in some of the areas listed below:
Board members are elected for three-year terms
and can be reelected once. The annual time commitment for board members
includes four one to one-and-a-half day meetings (plus travel to and
preparation for the meeting) and approximately 30 hours of additional time for
- Finance: The Board is responsible
for financial oversight of the organization, and seeks candidates with
expertise in this area. Currently, there are no CPAs or MBAs on the Board.
- Understanding issues related to
organizational sustainability for NAQC: Ensuring sustainability of the
organization is a key responsibility of the Board. NAQC seeks candidates
who offer strategic leadership in fundraising and working with donor
and/or grant-making organizations.
- Policy governance of a
not-for-profit organization: Experience on a non-profit
board is extremely helpful to candidates. NAQC follows a policy governance
model developed by John Carver which focuses on business issues and
strategic leadership. The Board does not focus on program development;
this issue is delegated to staff.
- Operations of a quitline: NAQC seeks candidates
with experience in the operations of quitlines.
- Addressing priority
populations: Addressing disparities in health is a key objective for NAQC. We seek
candidates with an expertise and background in cultural knowledge and
experience in reaching priority populations.
- Making quitlines sustainable: Ensuring quitline
sustainability is a key objective for NAQC. Recently, government funding
for quitlines and tobacco control programs has been decreasing. NAQC seeks
candidates who offer strategic leadership on new approaches to
sustainability planning for quitlines, including public-private
partnerships and integration of quitlines in health systems.
For each person you
would like to recommend, please provide the following information to Penny
Thomsen, Chair of the Nomination Committee, c/o Board@naquitline.org by February 28:
1. Full name, contact
information and brief resume for the person;
2. Your rationale for
recommending this person as a candidate; and
3. Confirmation that you
have spoken to the person and know that s/he is willing to have her/his name
put forward to the Nomination Committee for consideration.
Next Steps: After
the February 28 deadline, the Nomination Committee will review all suggested
candidates, may follow up with selected individuals for additional information,
and will propose a slate of nominees to the full Board of Directors at the next
Board meeting. After approval of the slate, the nominees then stand for
election by the NAQC membership. A single representative from each
organizational member of NAQC is eligible to vote. The election will be
conducted online from June 1-14. The new directors will be announced in
If you have questions, please contact Penny
Thomsen, Chair of the Nomination Committee, at Board@naquitline.org or Linda Bailey, President and CEO,
at firstname.lastname@example.org. You
can find a list of board members here and detailed information on the election process here.
Thank you for your time and effort to participate in this important activity.
Chair of the Nomination