Candidate Guide: Board of Directors Nomination Process

In accordance with the membership vote that was concluded on March 2nd, 2017, IFT’s membership voted to approve a new membership model, and merge IFT’s Constitution and Bylaws. These accepted documents now reflect the current process for IFT Leadership Elections and are reflect on the IFT Election page

Desirable Background
  • Strong investment in food science and technology; experience in the field at a senior level
  • Experience on other boards and board positions held
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational management
  • Experience in reviewing and evaluating financial reporting and budgeting
  • Certified Food Scientist is a plus but not a must
IFT Experience
  • Professional Membership required; as of September 1, 2017 Premier Membership required
  • Demonstrated leadership commitment, effort and involvement with IFT; including committee/task force/section/division involvement and program attendance
  • Diverse IFT participation and IFT leadership background
  • Leadership experience with allied industry or academic organizations a plus
  • Has developed high quality relationships within IFT

NOTE: To ensure Board diversity, individuals with less IFT volunteer experience may be considered

Personal Characteristics
  • Personable and easy to approach, accessible to members
  • Demonstrated ability to interact well with IFT members
  • Ability to work well with the President, EVP and IFT Staff
  • Global perspective
  • Values and promotes consensus, cooperation and participation among all Board members
  • Skilled in multi-dimensional thinking and problem analysis
  • Capacity to utilize knowledge for decision making that benefits the overall organization
  • Visionary and strategic thinker, future focused
  • Ability to represent the profession and IFT in an articulate manner
  • Understanding and appreciation for value of diversity
Required Commitment
  • Support from employer and colleagues regarding the time and financial commitment required for board service
  • Prepare for and attend three Board meetings each year and the Annual Event as well as selected other educational programs and/or activities, and participate regularly in Board calls
  • Actively participate as Board liaison to assigned sections or other task forces
  • Ability and willingness to serve as formal or informal mentor within IFT
  • Adhere to campaign guidelines
  • Support initiatives and/or campaigns of Feeding Tomorrow, IFT’s Foundation

Diversity within the Board as a Whole
  • Broad representation of membership demographics to include areas of practice (i.e., academia, government, corporations, consultancy) and broad global and cultural experience
  • Broad representation of IFT sections, divisions, working groups
  • Broad representation of professional categories (i.e., student, new professional, senior professional)
  • Diverse special interests/expertise (ie., food safety, regulatory, education, engineering, etc.).
Please see IFT’s Commitment to Diversity

Board Responsibilities & Expectations

IFT board leaders are responsible for cultivating a professional community committed to advance the science of food and its application across the global food system. The Board of Directors upholds strategic promises to IFT members to focus on individual development, productive networks, scientific innovation and issues advocacy.

In addition to the criteria outlined, board members are expected to work in collaboration with fellow board members and partner with staff to:

  • Consider ways to increase member value
  • Uphold its fiduciary duty including establishing the fiscal year and approving an annual budget
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming organizational culture
  • Be active and positive supporters of IFT
  • Come prepared for all meetings and discussions
  • Actively and positively support IFT with your time and talent
  • Hone expertise in environmental scanning, critical thinking, and resource allocation
  • Apply leading-edge approaches to strategic thinking and planning
  • Foster leadership development in self and others
  • Serve as a communication champion for the organization
  • Actively participate as Board liaison to assigned sections or other task forces
  • Aid in succession planning and identifying volunteer leader candidates

Term and Time Commitment

  • Directors serve staggered three-year terms on the fiscal year, September 1 – August 31.
  • President Elect serves a one-year term then automatically succeeds the President at the end of his/her term and then assumes the office of Immediate Past President. A three year commitment. The President Elect also serves a three year term as a Trustee on the Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees.
  • Attend three day orientation program and actively participate in ongoing board development program
  • Prepare for and attend three Board meetings each year and the Annual Event as well as selected other educational programs and/or activities, and participate regularly in Board calls.
Nominations & Elections Timeline
 
September 15
Nomination Form deadline
Any questions, please contact Kate Dockins, IFT Staff kdockins@ift.org

October 13
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee
Reference calls for candidates moving to the second round of process

November 1-3
Live interview via video conference 

November 3-4
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee

December
Announcement of candidate slate to the membership
Candidate webinar to review election process and campaigning

December-February
Candidate profile promotion 

February 1 – March 5
Election voting is open 

March 6-7
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee

May 14-16
Board Orientation