DIG is accepting nominations for the following positions, each with a two-year term (2017 - 2019) starting in June 2017.
- The President shall perform all duties incumbent to the office of President.
- The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall serve as the Chairman of the Board.
- The Vice President shall act as the assistant to the President and shall, in the absence of the President, be the presiding officer at meetings.
- The Vice President shall act as liaison and advisor to the Board of Directors and its Committees
Board Member at Large (3 available positions)
- Members-at-Large represent the interests of the General Membership on the Board. They may take responsibility for activities on the basis of interest or at the request of the Board or President, or serve on standing or ad hoc committees, and handle special projects.
Desired Characteristics for Board of Directors
Please note that all candidates must be current Federal Government employees and DIG membership is a prerequisite for nominating, as well as serving on the Board, so join now!
DIG is a national non-profit organization whose purpose is two-fold. It serves as an employee support group for Federal employees who are either Deaf or Hard of Hearing and as a resource organization for the Federal Government. Board members shall be elected for a two-year term – the current term will end and new term will commence at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and Election Day.
DIG seeks potential candidates with a diverse range of professional and volunteer expertise. Candidate attributes can include but are not limited to previous service on a nonprofit board, experience in fundraising, policy development, and community service.
Suggested General Eligibility Criteria
- Experience in the affairs of DIG (e.g. attended a NTC conference or other DIG-related event).
- We strongly encourage you to check with your Human Resources and/or Ethics Offices as well as supervisors to ensure that donated time in a volunteer capacity does not pose a conflict of interest with the primary mission of your paid position as a Government employee.
- Willing to sacrifice between 5 and 10 hours per month to attend meetings and participate in other DIG event planning activities (meetings of the board of directors are held once a month in the Washington D.C. Candidates are expected to be flexible about their availability to meet for two hours per month. This may necessitate use of annual leave or administrative leave. Sometimes meetings occur after work hours. A new board composition will decide by consensus on when the monthly meeting will be scheduled.)
Suggested General Board Member Responsibilities
As an officer or board member, a member of the Board of Directors must be fully committed and dedicated to the mission of DIG and pledge to help to fulfill its mission. As such, all Board members are expected to:
- Understand that the Board is the decision-making authority for the organization, requiring Directors to vote on matters solely based on what is in the best interest of DIG. A Director should abstain from voting on matters in which he/she has a personal or business interest.
- Actively engage in programs and events for this organization in whatever ways are best suited for the Board of Directors. These may include undertaking planning of special events, writing policies or assisting in any other way upon request.
- Understand and follow the bylaws of the organization.
- Attend board meetings diligently, notify the Recording Secretary in advance if unable to do so.
- Be available for consultation when requested.
- Serve on at least one DIG committee.
- Express thoughtful opinions openly and candidly.
- Maintain confidentiality related to issues that are discussed during closed board meeting sessions.
- Ensure that the Board of Directors fulfills its fiduciary responsibilities for the governance of the organization.