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NAQC Board Election – Nominate a Candidate by February 22

Friday, February 15, 2019  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Who would you like to see on the NAQC Board of Directors?
Response needed by Friday, February 22rd!

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to encourage you to recommend qualified candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors.  This year, we have vacancies for two directors and plan to put forward up to four names to the membership for election.  

For each person you would like to recommend, please provide the following information to Paula Celestino, Chair of the Nomination Committee, c/o by Friday, February 22. 
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.

The NAQC board is responsible for setting strategic direction, connecting with its members and ensuring NAQC’s advancement and sustainability. 
The qualifications for this year’s candidates are shown below:
Quitlines are experiencing many changes in the populations served, technology used, service models and approaches to sustainability. NAQC seeks candidates for the board who are innovative “difference makers” and who can help guide us through these changes.

The primary qualifications Board candidates should have are: senior level experience, leadership skills, strategic thinking and 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. NAQC follows a policy governance model developed by John Carver which focuses on business issues and strategic leadership (as opposed to program development). We seek candidates with experience in governance. We strive to have a Board that is diverse in terms of geography, race, ethnicity, and other important factors. The board seeks members who are committed to NAQC’s mission and values, contribute diverse viewpoints and cultural experiences, can fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, and have expertise in some of the areas listed below:

  • Understanding sustainability issues for NAQC and for quitlines: 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. Ensuring sustainability for quitlines is a key objective for NAQC. 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, integration of quitlines in health systems, and quality assurance.
  • 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.
  • Interests of the membership: The Board represents the interests of the membership. The Board seeks candidates familiar with the interests of quitline funders, operators, promoters, researchers, evaluators and other partners.
  • Relationships with health plans and employers: Engaging private health plans and employers has become an important activity for quitlines. The board would benefit from a member who has relationships in these sectors.
  • 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.
Board members are elected for three-year terms and can be reappointed once (for a total of six years of service). The annual time commitment for board members includes four meetings (1 or 2 in-person meetings for 1.5 days and 2 or 3 conference call meetings), plus meeting preparation time, travel time and 2-10 hours of committee work. We ask directors to support the cost of their travel to Board meetings, if this is an expense their employer will allow.

You can find a list of current board members here and detailed information on the election process here

Thank you for your time and effort to participate in this important activity.

Paula Celestino, MPH
Chair, NAQC Nomination Committee

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