IFTSA Leadership Nominations

Thank you for your interest in an IFTSA leadership position! The nomination period for the 2020–2021 year are now open and close on January 31, 2020. So, now is the time to look at the position descriptions and Q&A below to help you decide for which positions you’ll submit your nomination. You can even get a head start on your application materials by looking at the page linked below. If you have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Clark, IFTSA Nominations Committee Chair.

This year, you will have the opportunity to apply for the positions outlined below. For full position descriptions, review the IFTSA Governance Documents (IFTSA Bylaws and Operations Manual).

Applications Now Open!

We’re now accepting IFTSA volunteer leadership applications. Applications close January 31, 2020.

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IFTSA Volunteer Leadership Roles


IFTSA President-Elect

Become the next IFTSA President! Student members serving in this role make a three-year commitment to lead IFTSA through the Office of the President in the roles of President-Elect, IFTSA President, and Past President, as well as serve on the IFT Board of Directors. Additionally, the IFTSA Past President serves as an ex-officio member of the Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees.

IFTSA Board of Directors

The IFTSA Board of Directors works to create and execute all IFTSA programming each year. Serving one-year terms, these student members have direct responsibility for competitions, chapters, membership experience, volunteer development, as well as IFTSA’s blog Science Meets Food and our Facebook and Instagram channels.

IFTSA-Appointed Positions

Annually, the IFTSA Office of the President appoints a number of volunteers to IFTSA roles and recommends students to other arms of the organization. The IFTSA roles include Competition Chairs, Area Meeting Chairs, the Science Meets Food Blog Editor, and Social Media Manager.

What is a nomination? Does someone have to nominate me for an IFTSA leadership position?
Nomination refers to a self-nomination, so if you are excited about leadership positions in IFTSA, you should submit your name and application materials!

How does the nominations process work in IFTSA?
Each year, the Nominating Committee selects a slate of students to fill each position on the IFTSA Board of Directors as well as Competition Chairs. The Nominating Committee will interview applicants to understand how their interests and skill sets best fit within IFTSA. From there, the Nominating Committee will determine the slate (the selection of students it recommends for each board position). This slate is then advertised to the IFTSA membership. Members have two weeks to petition the slate if they do not agree with the nominees.

IFTSA recently moved to a slate process in order to ensure diversity on the Board of Directors. It is also critical that each position on the board remains strategic and that a well-rounded, diverse group of students is selected that have the ability to accomplish all of the tasks they’re assigned.

What is the timeline for applying for and being selected for an IFTSA volunteer position?
Self-nominations open on December 16, 2019 and close on January 31, 2020. Candidates will then be interviewed by the Nominating Committee in February 2020, and the final slate will be presented to IFTSA members on March 1, 2020.

How do I submit a nomination to be an Area Meeting Chair?
Selection of Area Meeting (AM) location and Area Meeting Chair (AMC):
The host chapter and chair of the next AM will be determined by the following process:

  1. Chapters interested in hosting will submit a bid

    • What? Bids must include, at a minimum, the name of the proposed AMC and the host chapter.

    • How? Bids will be submitted via e-mail to the current AMC.

    • When? Bids should be submitted at least one week prior to the AM, unless exceptions are granted by current AMC.

    • What if? If an area has an established rotation system, the next chapter in the rotation will submit a bid.

    • What if? If no bids are submitted by the end of the AM, the VP of Chapter Engagement will work with area leaders to implement a rotation system.

  2. The current AMC will compile and send all bids to the VP of Chapter Engagement and the IFTSA Executive Office

  3. At the AM, the AMC will facilitate a discussion about the next AM, and chapters that have submitted a bid can make a pitch for their bid

  4. Following the AM, chapters will vote on which bid to select for the next AM

    • How? Each chapter president will receive a link from the IFTSA Executive Office to an online survey and will cast one vote on behalf of their chapter. Chapters do not have to send representatives to the AM in order to vote.

    • When? The survey will open at or immediately after the AM and close 2 weeks later. All votes must be finalized by May 1, 2020.

    • What if? If an area with a rotation system receives multiple bids, a challenger bid which receives more votes can trump the bid of the next chapter in the rotation.

  5. The IFT Executive Office and VP of Chapter Engagement will tally the votes and announce the next Area Meeting host chapters and AMCs

How much time do IFTSA leaders spend on their positions?
The time spend on work related to IFTSA leadership positions varies week to week and by position. Vice Presidents and Members at Large may spend an average of 3-5 hours per week on their roles. Competition Chairs and Appointed Volunteers may spend approximately 1-3 hours per week on their roles, with higher time commitment closer to the IFT Annual Event. The President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President roles can be rather time-intensive, thus candidates for these roles must have superior ability to balance schoolwork with volunteer activities.

What do Vice Presidents and Members-at-Large do?
Vice Presidents (VPs) and Members-at-Large execute key programming initiatives and work with the IFTSA Office of the President to set goals related to the strategic direction of the organization. For VPs, these goals are within the scope of their positions as described in the operations manual. Members at Large typically work on emerging initiatives, and they also provide additional perspective on the Board of Directors. In all, the Board of Directors is responsible for coming up with creative ways to continue to serve the IFTSA membership.

What do Competition Chairs do?
Competition chairs work with the VP of Competitions to manage each of the IFTSA competitions. They are responsible for answering questions from participants, selecting and working with competition judges, and managing all aspects of the competitions at the IFT Annual Event.

Do you have questions or comments you'd like to share about the changes to IFT Student Association Board of Directors structure and nominating process? Email IFTSA’s staff liaison Amy Clarke Sievers or Nominating Committee Chair Elizabeth Clark.

The online nominations form will be available beginning December 16, 2019. The nominating period will end January 31, 2020. Get a head start on your nomination by previewing the questions below! In addition to answering these questions, the Nominations Committee also requires a short resume from each Nominee.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in a volunteer leadership position with IFTSA through the following questions:

General Information

  • Name
  • IFT member number
  • Current university/institution
  • University/institution you will be attending in 2020–2021
  • Degree you are currently seeking
  • Program of study
  • Country
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • What is your expected graduation date?
  • What are your plans after graduation?

Board Positions

  • Please select the Board of Directors positions that you are most interested in and explain why.

Appointed Positions

  • Please select the Appointed positions that you are most interested in and explain why.
  • What unique perspectives will you bring to IFTSA leadership if you are selected?
  • Would you like more information on task force and work group involvement as they become available?

Related Experiences

  • Please describe any activity or leadership experience that you think will support you in your role.

Resume, Headshot, and Bio

  • Please upload a brief resume for review by the nominations committee.
  • Please upload your most recent headshot. This will only be utilized if you are part of the nominated slate.
  • Please provide a short bio of yourself that will be posted with the slate if you are nominated.