IES Membership,

It’s that time of year again when we begin the Board Nominations process to identify the future leaders of our Society. This is one of the most important annual processes that any organization goes through. This is a very exciting time and we need your continued involvement to make the nomination process successful. We want our Board of Directors (Board) to be representative of the finest leaders in the industry, and we need your input to make that happen!

I invite all qualified IES members to submit either self-nominations or nominations of other IES members as possible candidates for the Board. This year, there are five (5) openings that our Nominating Committee is seeking to fill; Vice President (President-Elect), Treasurer, and three (3) At-Large Directors. All terms commence July 1, 2018. Below is more information on each position, their role on our Board, and the corresponding qualifications and characteristics that are being sought.

As per the Bylaws, the following membership types are eligible to hold office on the Board; Member, Fellow, Emeritus-Member or Emeritus-Fellow, and Sustaining Member Official Representatives. If you are interested in serving in one of the positions noted below, or if there is someone that you wish to nominate, please email nominations@ies.org.

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2017.

There are resources that are available that provide additional information, such as our:

  • Bylaws (please note the bylaws linked here are only effective until July 1st, which is when the recently approved bylaws come into effect. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the new bylaws, please email tlicitra@ies.org)
  • IES Candidate’s Handbook

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at tlicitra@ies.org.
Best,

Tim Licitra
Executive Vice President
Illuminating Engineering Society

 


 

Vice President (President-Elect)

The Vice President is a very important Board position as this individual is the President-Elect and will automatically succeed to the office of President. The Vice President shall:

  • serve a one-year term commencing July 1, 2017 (President-Elect July 1, 2019);
  • cannot serve consecutive terms;
  • serve on the Executive Committee of the Board;
  • preside over the strategic and tactical planning activities of the society;
  • strive to visit IES Regional, District, Section, and other important meetings of the society;
  • in the absence or inability of the President, the Vice President shall preside and shall take up the President’s duties, when necessary, as directed by the Board; and
  • have such other duties and powers as prescribed in these Bylaws, by the Board, the Policies of IES, or by law.

After succeeding to the office of President, this individual shall:

  • exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Society under the Board;
  • preside over all meetings of the Board, Executive Committee, and Member meetings of the Society;
  • appoint and fill vacancies on all committees with the approval of the Board; and
  • have such other duties and powers as prescribed in these Bylaws, by the Board, the Policies of IES, or by law.

The Vice President (President-Elect) plays a key role in leading the Society and ensuring our place as the Lighting Authority. The qualities, skills, and knowledge that we are seeking in our next Vice President (President-Elect) are as follows:

  • Character
    • Sets a good example.
    • Illustrates a high level of personal integrity and ethics.
    • Flexible, open-minded, and fair.
    • Organized and skilled at prioritizing.
  • Vision and Commitment
    • Committed to the organization’s mission and success.
    • Able to think strategically and focus on core issues.
    • Able to articulate a vision for the organization.
    • Has a history of active participation in different facets of the organization.
  • Leadership
    • Able spokesperson and advocate on the organization’s behalf.
    • Active listener and builds consensus.
    • Works collaboratively, and inspires and motivates others to contribute.
    • Engages different voices and opinions.
    • Recognizes and ameliorates problems, conflicts, and/or tensions.
    • Keeps in touch with and is respected by members and other key constituencies.
    • Focuses on goals of the organization; refrains from advancing personal or political goals.
    • Respects and supports the Executive Vice President, other staff, and board members.
  • Management
    • Adept at engaging each Board member in an appropriate way.
    • Ensures that individual members of the Board, as well as different committees and task groups, work together as an effective whole.
    • Facilitates meetings that are inclusive as well as efficient.
    • Able to define and articulate measurable goals.
    • Encourages innovation and continuous improvement.
    • Diplomatic and able to serve as a mediator.

 


 

Treasurer

Individuals that serve as Treasurer on the Board shall:

  • serve a two-year term commencing July 1, 2018;
  • be eligible to serve two consecutive terms;
  • oversee the receipt and disbursement of all funds;
  • oversee the Society’s financial records and statements;
  • submit an annual financial statement and budget to the Board and such other statements as the President may require;
  • serve as Chair of the Finance Committee; and
  • have such other duties and powers as prescribed in these Bylaws, by the Board, the Policies of IES, or by law.

The Treasurer of the Board is an important position that is responsible for working with the staff to ensure financial stability and control over the Society’s assets, being leader in the annual budget process, and a source of transparency into the Society’s finances for the Board. The qualities, skills, and knowledge that we are seeking in our Treasurer are as follows:

  • Character
    • Illustrates a high level of personal integrity and ethics.
    • Is trustworthy and impartial.
    • Feel comfortable working with large numbers and budgets.
    • Is comfortable deviating from historical procedures when necessary to update and stay current with newer best practices.
    • Organized and skilled at fiscal prioritizing and planning.
  • Vision and Commitment
    • Committed to the organization’s mission and success.
    • Able to think strategically while aligning financial planning with the Society’s strategic vision and mission.
    • Able to articulate a vision for the organization in terms of financial planning.
    • Has a history of active participation in different facets of the organization.

Financial leadership requires a combination of the above skills and characteristics. A great Treasurer balances these responsibilities:

  • Knowledge – Thorough understanding of the financial reports. It helps to have some financial background, which may require some education in nonprofit financial terminology and requirements.
  • Communications – Able to translate financial information and financial concepts for the Board. The Treasurer will be responsible for presenting the financial reports at Board meetings, and may need to help to explain and re-frame until everyone understands the reports. Along with the Executive Vice President, it’s also the Treasurer’s role to interpret and translate the Board’s questions, goals, or concerns about the financial information or financial situation to the staff.
  • Planning – Partner with the staff leadership and Finance Committee to develop a useful budget. The Treasurer can bring great value in preparing for budget discussions and conveying budget information to the Board and Finance Committee. Budgets are the financial version of an annual or strategic plan and the treasurer is in the best position to make sure that budget priorities and decisions reflect the intentions and objectives of the Board.
  • Strategy – Great Treasurers go beyond annual budgets, audits, and financial reports to bring financial leadership to the organization. They look down the road to identify the financial options and decisions needed for longer term goals and initiate discussions to connect finance and mission.

 


 

At-Large Director

Individuals that serve as At-Large Directors on the Board shall:

  • serve a two-year term commencing July 1, 2018;
  • be eligible to serve two consecutive terms;
  • contribute expertise and guidance to the Board in varying capacities and in overall direction for the Society, fulfilling such duties as assigned by the President and the Board; and
  • have such other duties and powers as prescribed in these Bylaws, by the Board, the Policies of IES, or by law.

At-Large Directors represent the membership on our Board and are essential to advancing the Society. The qualities, skills, and knowledge that we are seeking in our At-Large Directors are as follows:

  • Character
    • Offer opinions honestly and in a constructive way.
    • Illustrates a high level of personal integrity and ethics.
    • Flexible, open-minded, and fair.
    • Respects the opinions of others.
    • Honors commitments.
    • Gives respect and consideration to other board members and President. Listens as an ally. Focuses on issues, not personalities.
    • Clearly understands her/his responsibilities.
    • Comes to meetings on time, well prepared and actively participates.
    • Contributes knowledge.
  • Governance
    • Approaches responsibilities in the spirit of a Director on behalf of the Members and the industry at large.
    • Maintains loyalty to the Society with a higher loyalty to the members.
    • Promotes unity within the organization by supporting Board decisions (internally and externally) even when he or she may disagree with the majority opinion.
    • Avoids any possibility of conflict of interest.
    • Understands legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Advocacy
    • Understands and is committed to the Society’s mission, vision and strategic plan.
    • Speaks with one voice when representing the Society.
    • Acts as an advocate for the Society and its members.