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Governing Board Election FAQ

Q.1 How strict is the application deadline?

It is the final deadline. The complete application package must be properly signed and submitted no later than by 23:59 UTC on 15 May. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Election Committee therefore strongly recommends that candidates make sure their application package is submitted well in advance just to leave some extra time in case anything is missing and needs to be completed. So, much better sooner than too late.

Q.2 How important is diversity on the Governing Board?    

Diversity is not a prescribed requirement, but it is highly desirable for any Board (as a group) to bring different experiences, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and skill as diversity brings a broader outlook. It is, however, important to note that Governing Board Trustees have equal responsibility in acting on the Board and that they do not represent a National Association, region or other interest group (including Junior Branch).

Q.3 Do I need specific skills to be a trustee?  

Board trustees are responsible for governing all of CISV. All Governing Board Trustees should therefore be or become competent in the important skills of strategic planning and governance, and as a group the Board should have professional or academic expertise in many areas, ranging from accounting to marketing to law.

Each year the Governing Board put together a Skills Gap Analysis to outline the strength and weaknesses of the six Governing Board members who will be serving in the following year. 

See 2017 Governing Board Skills Gap Analysis    

See Governing Board Terms of Reference

Q.4 Every three years (the last time in 2016), the National Junior Representatives elect one Trustee for the Governing Board. Do they have to elect a junior?

No. Just like to National Representatives, the National Junior Representatives should elect someone they feel is competent and will do a good job.

Q.5 What does a Governing Board Trustee do as a Committee Chair?

The Governing Board manage and chair the five standing Committees of the Board (Chapter Development, Conference and Events, Educational Programmes, Resources and Infrastructure, and Training and Quality Assurance).

The Committee Chairs: (a) lead the Committee and is responsible for its output, (b) cooperates effectively with the Senior Manager, who develops action plans, agendas, and coordinates work of the Committee, and (c) manage performance issues within the Committee.

Q.6 How much time does it take to be on the Governing Board?

It will, of course, depend on various factors such as the time of year and whether you are a chair of a committee and/or have other portfolio responsibilities. But, as an estimate, you could expect it to take 10-15 hours including 1-2 virtual meetings per month, and at least two 3-day in-person meetings per year’. 

Q.7 What is Governance?

Simply put: the CISV Governing Board has two areas of focus - achieving the organization's mission and ensuring that the organization is sustainable.

Q.8 If I am not interested in Governance, are there other opportunities to get involved with CISV International?

Yes, there are also the Regional Delivery Teams and the Committees of the Board.

Regional Delivery Teams involved hands-on support and training to National Associations as well as communication with National Associations, team conference calls and some participation in Regional Training Forums.

Committees of the Board engage with policy, big picture and strategic development of their focus areas, and are  chaired by Board members. They have, monthly online meetings and sometimes in-person meetings.

Available positions are regularly posted on International opportunities.

Q.9 What are the election procedures for the Governing Board?
See Election Procedures for the Governing Board

Additional questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Election Committee at election@cisv.org.

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