2023 Board Nominations

The National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) is opening nominations for the following Board positions to serve from May 1, 2023 - April 31, 2025: 

  • Vice-president (must have served previously on the Board to be eligible)
  • Secretary
  • Director (3 openings)

Who may run?

  • Anyone who has been a member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) for more than three months may run for a place on the Board. 

  • You may nominate yourself or someone else who you feel would make a significant contribution. If you nominate someone else, a member of the Nominating Committee will contact them to see if they accept the nomination and agree to serve for a two-year term if elected. 

  • Nominations must be submitted on this website no later than Monday, December 19th, 5:00 p.m. Central time. 

If I am elected, will I need to travel?

At this time, all of the Council’s work is being carried out virtually, through email, Zoom and other online platforms. In 2024, it is possible that the Annual Membership Meeting may be held in person, but this has not yet been determined. Since our work is carried out “virtually”, Board members must have access to and be adept at utilizing electronic means of communication. While most of the work is conducted during traditional business hours (in all US time zones), meetings may also occur during the evenings and on weekends. 

What’s the timeline? 

  • November 28th: Nominations open

  • December 19: Nominations close

  • February: Voting begins (exact date to be determined)

  • Three weeks later: Voting ends (exact date to be determined)

  • April 18: Election results announced publicly. 

  • Annual Membership Meeting: New Board installed at this virtual meeting. New Board members are expected to attend. 

What is expected of a Board member?

The Board of Directors is responsible for keeping the NCIHC on track, both strategically and logistically. With input from members and volunteers, the Board creates the framework within which the organization’s mission can be advanced. The Board is also responsible for making sure the Council is operating within legal and fiscal boundaries. The Board provides a high level of care, compassion, enthusiasm and visionary leadership for the work of language access.

All Board members are expected to: 

  • Bring their own unique, informed, relevant perspective to the challenges (and opportunities) of language access as faced by all relevant stakeholders.

  • Help Identify trends or challenges facing LEP patients.

  • Propose and/or support initiatives that provide more equity for LEP patients.

  • Inform and support stakeholders in sharing best practice ideas related to language access.

  • Develop innovative strategies for helping the organization address the ever-evolving challenges of equity as it relates to language access. 

  • Help shape long-term strategy for the organization.

  • Be able to: 

    • Listen empathetically and see, appreciate and truly inhabit the diversity of challenges and perspectives faced by all stakeholders in language access.

    • Communicate clearly and simply and dialogue openly, candidly and respectfully with all stakeholders, including fellow Board members.

    • Value another’s opinions and change one’s mind.

    • Take the initiative willingly and enthusiastically investigate, assess and pursue new and relevant opportunities for NCIHC and all stakeholders.

    • Be, mission-minded and personally invested with a selfless and earnest desire to see the challenges of language access meaningfully addressed.

Following is a description of each open Board position and the responsibilities each entails. In addition to the duties listed below, all members of the Board are expected to:

  1. Prepare for and attend a monthly 90-minute Board meeting. Preparation for Board meetings requires reading the reports prepared for the meetings which may consist of reports from committees, and include pending policy or fiscal decisions as well as decisions on new initiatives.

  2. Participate in other NCIHC activities such as committees, work groups, and/or other projects. 

  3. Respond to email requests for input on decisions affecting the entire organization and for contributions to committees, working papers, or other projects. 

  4. Participate in the Annual Membership Meeting.

The amount of time each Board member dedicates to the NCIHC will vary (see the position descriptions), but individuals running for the Board should consider their ability to devote sufficient time to the Council’s work. 

Given the intrinsic need for a diversity of perspectives in addressing the challenges of language access, we seek Board Members that possess a desire and the personal initiative to seek-out opinions and perspectives that are outside of the “main-stream” of dialogue of language access.

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Position Descriptions

Vice President

Responsibilities

  • All the responsibilities incumbent on every Board member (please see above).

  • Understand the responsibilities of the President and be able to perform these duties in the President’s absence, such as:

    • Preside at all Board and Executive Committee meetings and exercise and perform such powers and duties as from time to time may be assigned to the President by the Board or prescribed by these bylaws.

    • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

    • Provide general supervision, direction and control of the business and affairs of the NCIHC, subject to the control of the Executive Committee.

    • Act as spokesperson for the organization.

  • Carry out special assignments as requested by the President.

  • Participate in the Executive Committee, which meets monthly for 60 minutes.

Requirements

  • Current member of NCIHC for more than 3 months. 

  • Previous service on the NCIHC Board.

  • Pass a criminal background check, which will be paid for by the NCIHC.

  • Ability to serve a term of two years with a limit of three consecutive terms.

  • Ability to interact positively with a diverse group of colleagues.

Estimated time commitment: 15-20 hours/month

See a video CLICK HERE of the current Interim Vice President talking about his work in this position. 

(Or you can copy and paste the following: https://app.box.com/s/ajuj4akmeat0mlesx42v39aoyrn6go01)

 

Secretary

Responsibilities

  • All the responsibilities incumbent on every Board member (please see above).

  • Ensures the forward progress of the mission of NCIHC is documented through meeting minutes of the Board and the Executive Committee. 

  • Share meeting minutes with attendees and upload them to a folder on the Council’s cloud storage. 

  • Give notice of all the meetings of the Board required by the bylaws, or by statute to be given.

  • Participate in the Executive Committee, which meets monthly for 60 minutes.

Requirements

  • Current member of NCIHC for more than 3 months. 

  • Ability to summarize discussion content in writing, capturing essential thoughts, ideas and responsible parties. 

  • Highly organized.

  • Able to multi-task by taking minutes and participating in the meeting at the same time.

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours/month

See a video CLICK HERE of the current Secretary talking about her work in this position.

(Or you can copy and paste the following: https://app.box.com/s/gi2lrg4mgsvxq3295my375ole4cruzxx)

 

Director (3 positions open)

Responsibilities

  • All the responsibilities incumbent on every Board member (please see above).

  • Serve as liaison to at least one Committee (Standards and Training; Policy, Education and Research; Organizational Development; Outreach and Membership; Finance; Nominating; Annual Membership Meeting Organization).

Requirements

  • Current member of NCIHC for more than 3 months. 

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours/month

See videos from two of the current Directors talking about their work in this position. Director position video #1   Director position video #2

(Or you can copy and paste the following: https://app.box.com/s/0davy35ncnwn35dx61isd0j3jvt3mk7o  and https://app.box.com/s/s2zealgxbn10moidgcy13za23kj88y0u)

 

Nomination Form Links

Be sure to use the correct link

How do I nominate myself?

How do I nominate someone else?

  1. Make sure you’ve read the information about what is expected from a member of the Board.

  2. Prepare a statement (no more than 500 words) that addresses the expertise and experience that you would bring to this position. All nominations must include a description of credentials and reason for running.

  3. Make sure you have a resume ready to upload.

  4. Click here to go to the nomination form that you can fill out online. 

Copy and paste to access the form to nominate yourself: https://ncihc.memberclicks.net/board-position-self-nomination-form

  1. Think carefully about whether the person you have in mind would be an asset to the NCIHC Board and the organization’s mission. 

  2. Click here to go to the nomination form that you can fill out online. A member of the Nominating Committee will contact your nominee to confirm that they are interested in running for a Board position and willing to serve if elected. 

Copy and paste to access the form to nominate someone else: https://ncihc.memberclicks.net/board-nomination-form

Please be aware that you may nominate no more than one person for any given position.

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