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Each year, NAFCM seeks the best and brightest from amongst those serving or otherwise interested in the field of community mediation to become candidates for the NAFCM Board of Directors. Serving as a NAFCM Board member is an incredible opportunity to learn about and influence how the entire field operates. If you would like to share your experience and skills as a volunteer NAFCM Board member, please review the information below and consider submitting an application during our official Call for Nominations.

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates for NAFCM's Board of Directors are those individuals who have a passion for community mediation, its advancement, services, and potential. This passion may originate from your current employment or volunteer services with a particular community mediation program, or through some other involvement within the field, such as a program funder, ADR advocate, client, or other stakeholder role. No particular background or title is required of candidates for the NAFCM Board of Directors. Instead, we ask that all candidates demonstrate a commitment toward advancing the field's ideals through their personal and/or professional activities. Candidates from diverse personal backgrounds and professional histories are strongly encouraged, as NAFCM seeks representativeness along numerous measures of diversity. If a candidate is not already a current NAFCM member at the time of nomination, an individual or affiliated program membership will be required prior to the certification of the election outcome.

As part of our call NAFCM intends to further enhance the Board of Directors' core talents and representations. Specifically, the core talents NAFCM seeks includes fundraising/grant writing, marketing and public relations, financial management, collaborative technologies, and association management. The organization is also keen to expand the Board to include states, commonwealths and territories where our members reside. As the organization continues to build upon its growing international presence, NAFCM is also pleased to invite nominations from colleagues outside the U.S. We warmly welcome all candidates regardless of professional background or geography.

Elected nominees will join a stellar class of current board members, and help influence the exciting future of community mediation around the globe!

If you have a question about whether you are qualified to become a candidate for NAFCM's Board of Directors, please feel free to contact us.

Board Member Expectations

Members of the NAFCM Board of Directors serve on a "Working Board." This designation indicates Board members should expect to devote a regular, but manageable number of hours and resources toward accomplishing specific organizational objectives. Being part of NAFCM's Board of Directors carries the following expectations:

  • Time Commitment
    • NAFCM Board members serve three year terms beginning in the Spring of the year they are elected and concluding in the Spring three years thereafter. NAFCM's Bylaws allow individuals to run for re-election during the cycle in which their tenure would otherwise end, resulting in a combined term of up to six consecutive years. At the discretion of the Board, terms for shorter than three years may be requested and/or provided based on the needs of both the individual candidate and the organization.
    • During their tenure, Board members are expected to consistently donate a minimum of eight hours per month to NAFCM projects. Many previous Board members have found this expectation to be an aligned, manageable extension of their current professional responsibilities. Though Board members are encouraged to develop specific goals for their Board tenure, one's monthly time commitment will likely mirror the following allocation:
      • 1.5 hours - Monthly Board Meeting (including preparation, participation, and follow-up; conducted via tele/web conferencing)
      • 1.5 hours - Monthly Committee and/or Task Force Meeting(s) (conducted via tele/web conferencing)
      • 1.5 hours - Member Engagement (telephone contact, email exchanges, and local on-site visits)
      • 2-3 hours - Personal Goals (specific, measurable, and personalized goals designed to further NAFCM's objectives by capitalizing on individual's abilities, knowledge, skills, and resources)
      • 1.5 hours - Officer Responsibilities
  • Travel Commitment
    • Annual Face-to-Face Board Meeting
      • In addition to the monthly Board meetings held via tele/web conferencing technologies, the NAFCM Board holds one face-to-face meeting each year that usually lasts three days. Nominal financial support for Board members' attendance at the face-to-face meeting has varied over the years, and is dependent upon the organization's available funds. If travel funds are not available during any particular year, Board members are asked to cover their own costs as an in-kind contribution to NAFCM.
    • Regional Training Institutes
      • NAFCM conducts Regional Training Institutes (RTI) on a semi-regular basis. Though Board member attendance at these RTIs is not required (unless paired with the annual face-to-face meeting), NAFCM does encourages Board members to attend those events located within their geographic area. Board members attending these events may receive nominal financial reimbursement if attending as part of the RTI Training Team.
  • Financial Commitment
    • In addition to the various and generous in-kind contributions of Board members' volunteer time, travel, and other resources, NAFCM also strives to achieve an annual 100% rate of financial contribution from its Board of Directors. When achieved, this giving rate strengthens NAFCM's position when seeking outside funding, as well as provides added legitimacy when individual Board members ask others to invest in NAFCM. Each Board member is asked to financially invest at a personally meaningful and responsible level.

Process Timeline

NAFCM formally opens its Call for Nominations in April. Candidates are asked to consider both the qualification requirements and Board member expectations detailed above. If you have any questions about the qualifications, expectations, or others' experiences on the Board, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to discuss this opportunity further.

Once candidates have thoroughly reviewed the above information and feel their service as a NAFCM Board member would be both personally and organizationally beneficial, we encourage you to complete the nominations form available below. This form will help us record and evaluate your candidacy for the Board. Following the closing of nominations, a phone interview, conducted by a current NAFCM Board member, will be scheduled at a convenient time. During this interview, candidates will be asked follow-up questions to further detail their current/previous involvement and/or interest in community mediation.

Candidates whose participation in the interview process results in a mutual decision to move forward, will be added to an official ballot distributed to the NAFCM membership for voting. This balloting process will determine the new slate of Board members for the upcoming term. Newly elected Board members will be notified of the election outcome according to the timeline outlined below.

Once elected, new Board members participate in an orientation process to familiarize themselves with the operations of the Board and prepare them for a successful start to their tenure. New Board members' first official meeting occurs following their installation at the annual face-to-face meeting.

2017 Deadlines

March 29, 2017 - Call for Nominations Opens

May 3, 2017 - Nomination Forms Due

May 5-15, 2017 - Nominee Phone Interviews Conducted

June 1-6, 2017 - Ballot open to NAFCM Members

July 1, 2017 - Candidates Notified of Election Results

*Deadlines conclude at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Submit a Nominations Form

After you have reviewed both the qualification requirements and Board member expectations detailed above, we encourage you to submit the official Nominations Form. Nominations forms may be completed on another's behalf only if the submitted candidate is both aware of their nomination and would be interested in serving on the Board.

Ask Questions

Have questions about NAFCM's Board of Directors, its placement process, or whether this opportunity is a good fit for you? We would be pleased to discuss this opportunity with you. Please feel free to contact DG Mawn at, or any other current NAFCM board member directly. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!

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