Board of Directors Application

The NSCA Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are critical to the success of the Association. Board positions are very active and require attendance at both the NSCA National Conference and the NSCA Coaches Conference, as well as periodic conference calls. In addition, it is important to understand the amount of work that is required to effectively participate in and govern the growth of the Association.

There are two positions available for Board term July 9, 2021 - July 12, 2024:

Personal Trainer Position (1 position)
This position may be filled by a qualifying member of the Association actively working at least 50% or 25 hours per week as a Personal Trainer with clients. Desired candidates for this position should hold NSCA-CPT® credentials.

Academician/Researcher Position (1 position)
This position may be filled by a qualifying member of the Association working at an accredited college, university, or institution for higher learning with at least 50% of their job responsibility as a researcher. Desired candidates for this position should hold a post-doctoral degree.

There are several rounds in the application process involving both subjective and objective scoring. The total summation of points and rankings are used as a tool to guide the committee on who may be most qualified to sit as a member of the Board of Directors, but they are not the final result on who should be placed on the ballot.

Round 1: Applicants will submit a CV/Resume and letter of intent (750 words or less) indicating NSCA involvement, how you will promote and advocate for diversity, and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors by November 15th.

  • The Nomination Committee will review applicant materials, evaluate, and select applicants that have met the criteria to move forward to round two of application process.
  • The Nomination Committee will notify applicants by December 15th to prepare the remaining application materials.

Round 2: If applicants are selected to move to round 2 the following materials need to be submitted by January 15th:

  1. Candidate questionnaire.
    • Note: If past employee of the NSCA, an individual may not include any NSCA service, education, awards/honors received, events attended, publications written or reviewed or any other services rendered while receiving salary due to NSCA employment. There will be automatic and immediate removal from the election process if a candidate misstates any information on their application or CV.
  2. Subjective questionnaire.
  3. A cover letter to the Nomination Committee outlining how the NSCA has influenced your career and why you are qualified to sit on the Board of Directors.
  4. A one-page vision statement outlining (a) the critical and/or substantive issues facing the NSCA, (b) specific goals for the NSCA, and (c) an indication of how such goals might be achieved. This information will be used on the election ballot, as written, if selected as a candidate.
  5. A high-resolution headshot.
  6. Signed acknowledgement of the NSCA Campaign Guidelines Acknowledgement.
  7. Signed acknowledgement of the NSCA Conflict of Interest policy.
  8. Signed acknowledgement of the NSCA Board of Directors Description.

Round 3: The Nomination Committee will review round two materials of applicants, evaluate the applicants, and select applicants to be interviewed by phone by March 1.

Round 4: The Nomination Committee will vote on the top two candidates for each position to be on the ballot for the NSCA election by April 1.

Round 1 (deadline November 15th) 

Are you qualified to run for the board?

If you are a member in good standing, NSCA certified or an NSCA Fellow (FNSCA), who has a history of contributions to the NSCA then you could be qualified to help shape the future of the NSCA! If you answer yes to at least 3 of the 7 questions, you may be qualified to run for the board.

  1. I have served on a committee, SIG Executive Council, as a State/Providential Director or other volunteer leadership position at the NSCA or another strength and conditioning or fitness related organization.
  2. I have received recognitions, distinctions, and awards within the strength and conditioning or fitness industry.
  3. I regularly attend NSCA events.
  4. I have hosted an NSCA programs like ERP, Exam Prep Clinic, Tactical Practitioners Course, Foundation of Coaching Lifts Course, State/Provincial or regional clinic, Fly Solo Camp, etc.)
  5. I have presented at events, participated in a podcast or other educational tools as an expert for the NSCA or other strength and conditioning or fitness related organization.
  6. I have been published in journal, publication, books, position papers, or contributed content to the NSCA or other strength and conditioning or fitness related organization.
  7. I have been a reviewer or editor for and NSCA publication or other strength and conditioning or fitness related organization.

Did you score a 3 or higher? Submit a CV/Resume and letter of intent (750 words or less) indicating NSCA involvement, how you will promote and advocate for diversity, and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors by November 15th to nominations@nsca.com.

The Nomination Committee will review applicant’s materials using a subjective and objective evaluation. Select applicants that have met the criteria to move forward to Round 2 of application process will be notified by December 15th to prepare the remaining application materials.

Round 2 (deadline January 15th)

Invited applicants are requested to fill out and return Round 2 documentation by January 15th to nominations@nsca.com

Board Member Qualifications (from NSCA Bylaws):

  • A Board member may not also be an employee of the NSCA.
  • A Board member must, 1) be a member in good standing of the NSCA, and 2) hold an active NSCA certification or be a Fellow of the NSCA, except that the Public Member shall not hold NSCA certification or be a Fellow.
  • An individual is ineligible to be a Board member if s/he has:
    • Been convicted of a felony involving:
      • harm to a member of a vulnerable population such as children, elderly or individuals with a disability;
      • sexual abuse or assault of any kind; or
      • a hate crime.
    • Served a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation as determined by a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, or other similar organization governing anti-doping in sport.
    • Served a period of ineligibility for a violation of the policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, or other similar organization governing bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual misconduct and abuse in sport.
  • An individual may be ineligible to be a Board member if s/he has any misdemeanor conviction, sanctioned for academic misconduct, suspension from a place of employment, or period of ineligibility from a sport or sport organization.
  • Any potential Board member will be subject to a background check. If the background check reports felony convictions or misappropriation of funds, this will be disclosed to the Nomination Committee.
  • Potential and existing Board member’s Duty to Disclose:
    • A potential Board member has a duty in the application process to disclose any of the infractions listed above in the Board Member Qualifications section, which will be considered by the Nomination Committee.
    • Existing Board members have an ongoing duty to immediately disclose any of the infractions above to the NSCA Ethics Committee.
    • A potential or existing Board member’s duty to disclose also applies if s/he is under investigation for, or has been formally accused of, any of the above infractions.
      • A potential or existing Board member may be asked to suspend his/her candidacy or leadership role until the investigation or accusation has been resolved.
      • The NSCA Ethics Committee shall resolve questions and disputes in eligibility and the application of these qualifications for service. Should the Ethics Committee resolve to remove the candidacy of a potential Board member, it shall be made in the form of a recommendation to the Nomination Committee for final decision. Should the Ethics Committee resolve to remove an existing Board member, it shall be made in the form of a recommendation to the Board for final decision according to the Removal provisions of these Bylaws.
  • If the NSCA learns of any information that could impact the good standing of a Board member, or reputation of the NSCA, it shall be reported to the Ethics Committee for resolution.

 

Additional qualification requirements include (from Nomination Committee Handbook):

Significant contributions to the NSCA – All candidates will be a member in good standing and will have a history of contributions to the NSCA through publication, service, or both.

There will be automatic and immediate disqualification from the election process if a candidate materially misstates any information on their application or CV.

Qualified NSCA Board candidates should have expertise in:

Influencing/negotiation – Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals; facilitates “win-win” situations.

Oral communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.

Political savvy – Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization; approaches each problem situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality; recognizes the impact of alternative courses of action.

Written communication – Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.

Problem solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions; provides solutions to individual and organizational problems.

Decisiveness – Exercises good judgment by making sound and well-informed decisions; perceives the impact and implication of decisions; makes effective and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; is proactive and achievement oriented.

Integrity/honesty – Instills mutual trust and confidence; creates a culture that fosters high standards of ethics; behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others and demonstrates a sense of corporate responsibility and commitment to public service.

Vision – Takes a long-term view and acts as a catalyst for organizational change; builds a shared vision with others. Influences others to translate vision into action.

Additionally, the candidates for President must demonstrate the following:

Proven senior leadership experience - Has a demonstrated record of senior leadership in management of organizations. The candidates will have a proven record of decision-making and accomplishments. Although not mandatory, it is desired that candidates will have served on the Board of Directors of the NSCA. The candidate for President must have the respect and trust of their peers.

Excellent communication skills - Possess good social and communication skills as the President will represent the NSCA within the organization and to outside organizations. The candidate for President must be able to meet the public effectively and instill confidence and trust.

Please direct all questions to: nominations@nsca.com, or call 1-800-815-6826 ext. 174. 

Please do not contact any member of the Nomination Committee.

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