The NWBA Board of Directors has one position available for election at the 2022 NWBA Annual Assembly.
NOTE: There is another vacancy, the Elected Athlete Director position, currently vacant - previously held by Stephanie Wheeler (to fill the unexpired term of three years 2022-2025). There is a distinct process to elect this position based on our relationship with the USOPC and as outlined in Section 11.3 of the NWBA Bylaws (Please see the bottom of this page for those details). The NWBA Governance Committee is currently outlining the timeline to implement that process.
Candidates' names and bio/resume will be posted here after the deadline to submit interest--on or before February 14, 2022 (Monday).
Holding a position on the NWBA Board of Directors comes with significant responsibility which includes setting the direction of the organization and participating in various Committees. It also involves making difficult trade-off decisions when matters are escalated to Leadership. All of this is in addition to a significant sacrifice of personal time.
Individuals interested in running for an open Board position, should review the Board of Directors Standards and Responsibilities document as well as the Qualifications outlined in the Bylaws BEFORE submitting a self-nomination (both references are included below).
Questions regarding the time commitment, requirements or any other Board of Director position inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Governance Committee (Email Dug).
By Sunday, January 30, 2022 (60 days before Annual Assembly), self-nominations must be sent to the Governance Committee (Email Dug). Self-Nominations should include:
Current Registrations are not required to be elected for a position with the NWBA Board of Directors. However, if elected or appointed to a Board of Directors position, the individual would then be required to complete a current year NWBA Individual Membership Registration for Non-Athletes (which includes a background check and completion of SafeSport Training), as well as the Conflict of Interest and Gifts & Entertainment Disclosures.
1. General Qualifications:
a. Each director of the Board of Directors must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.
b. A director shall:
a) have the highest personal and professional integrity,
b) have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment,
c) be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long-term interests of the NWBA,
d) possess an understanding of athletic competition and the Paralympic ideals,
e) have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, sport, and other challenges that face the NWBA,
f) have passed a background check, completed SafeSport education and training, and have no record of SafeSport violations.
The President shall:
i. set all meeting and meeting agendas,
ii. make all committee appointments, with approval of the Board of Directors, as provided in this document,
iii. submit an annual report to the Board of Directors for inclusion in the Board of Director’s annual “State of the NWBA” presentation to the Annual Assembly,
iv. with approval of the Board, appoint Divisional Commissioners of the NWBA based on the recommendations of the specific division,
v. with the approval of the Board, appoint Conference Commissioners of the NWBA based on the recommendations of the specific conference,
vi. fulfill all other duties as provided in this document (NWBA Bylaws).
1. The Governance Committee shall submit a list of open Board of Directors positions to the Executive Director to be posted on the NWBA Website at least ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Assembly.
2. At least sixty (60) days prior to the scheduled Annual Assembly, the Governance Committee shall submit a slate of nominees for open Board of Director positions to the Executive Director for publication and distribution to the voting membership.
3. Governance Committee shall review and submit a slate of nominates to the Executive Director at least forty-five (45) days prior to Annual Assembly. No nominations from the floor of the Annual Assembly shall be permitted. The Chair of the Governance Committee, shall prepare ballots for the voting membership which lists all nominees by the Board office for which the candidates were nominated.
The Membership of the NWBA as outlined in Section 4.3 shall elect the President. The President shall serve for four (4) years and take office at the first Board Meeting following the Annual Assembly. The Board of Directors of the NWBA shall elect the Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary at the first Board Meeting following the Annual Assembly and those officers shall hold office for two (2) years from being appointed until its successor are elected.
Any additional NWBA Board Athlete Directors position(s) available (to achieve 33% athlete representation) will be elected by 10 Year Athletes, by highest vote total, and will fill a position within the NWBA AAC. Qualifications for Board Athlete Directors position(s) include those individuals who meet the 10 Year Athlete Representative definition as outlined in Section 11.2 as well as athletes who meet the 10 Year + Athlete Representative definition: who have, at any point but not within the 10 years prior to election/selection, met the definition of 10 Year Athlete Representative.