The guide, Developing a Nominations Strategy, is designed to provide all stakeholders with a greater understanding of how they can make the best nominations given the current needs of each board and committee.
In many cases, the Nominating Committee seeks candidates with a certain combination of skills and attributes given a particular board or committee’s current work plan, objectives, and membership composition. In this sense, the Nominating Committee seeks not only regional, gender, and professional balance, but also seeks to address the changing demands of each board and committee.
There are 155 positions on the boards and committees. Each year, approximately 50 positions come up for rotation; for some of these positions, the current member can be re-nominated for a second term. The Nominating Committee generally receives more than 150 nominations for these vacancies. To increase a candidate’s chances of selection, the Nominating Committee offers the following advice:
- Assess the vacancies on each board and committee.
- Develop a list of potential candidates for prospective board and committee positions.
- Pre-screen the candidates to ensure that they have the optimal background, skills, and interests for membership of a particular board or committee and that they can make the necessary time commitment to serve on a board or committee.
- Assess which candidates correspond to specific vacancies by learning about the environmental issues, strategic plans, and current projects of the boards and committees.
- Position your candidate(s) for the Nominating Committee by providing the most relevant and accurate information in the candidate’s nominations form.
- Prepare your candidate for an interview and be prepared to provide the necessary technical and financial support to your candidate(s).
For a complete discussion of this process, please see Developing a Nominations Strategy.