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Call for Applications for the CSA Board of Directors

We invite individuals to apply to serve on our Board. The Board of Directors is the governing and managing body of the Citizen Science Association, with the fiscal responsibility for the resources of this community. Board members generate and implement both policies and strategies to build CSA community and programming. Board members also serve as the public face of the CSA, helping to grow support for CSA priorities.

Applications are due by midnight (EST) on Monday, April 11th, 2022.

The CSA Nominations Committee is establishing a pool of interested and qualified nominees to participate in an election of Board Members by CSA members. The Nominations Committee will select a slate of candidates for the election, which will occur in May. Elected Board Members will serve three-year terms beginning in June of 2022.

Before applying, please familiarize yourself with the priority areas of expertise needed, as well as with the CSA board member job description (details follow). 

Skills sought:

As a working board responsible for the governance and oversight of a growing Association, the makeup of the Board is essential to its success. We are in need of Board Members with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising; especially recruiting and retaining major donors and conference/event sponsors
  • Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; especially organizational equity
  • Governance and policy development
  • Nonprofit operations and management; especially organizational business planning, strategic revenue generation, building strategic partnership, human resources, and recruiting/retaining members

We encourage applications that bring diverse perspectives and disciplines to the board. While enthusiasm for work in this field is critical, what is more important are an applicant’s skills that can help CSA grow its capacity to advance strategic work and growth to serve this member community and field. We encourage people from a diversity of backgrounds to apply, including graduate students, retirees, and those outside academia.

About Board Service:

As the body responsible for the governance and fiscal health of the Citizen Science Association, members of the Board must commit to attend board and committee meetings, follow through on commitments, and participate fully in the process of financing and implementing the strategic plan. A board member job description is available on the CSA website at https://participatorysciences.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CSA-Board-Member-Responsibilities-2019.pdf

Time commitment for Board Members varies, but is generally 8-10 hours per month. Board members are expected to attend monthly Board and committee meetings, complete work between meetings, and attend one multi-day in-person board meeting each year (held virtually if needed). During conference years, the in-person board meeting typically occurs at the conference. Travel to the in-person meeting is self-funded. Check out the Board Service Frequently Asked Questions for more information about duties and responsibilities: CSA Board Service FAQs

Application Process:

To submit an application as a nominee, use the form below. You will be asked to provide contact information and a brief background on your relevant experience and skills. Applications are due Monday, April 11, 2022.

Application form:  https://forms.gle/qbAMpXnH47Fu7p1CA

Selection process:

The Nominations Committee will consider applicants for inclusion on the 2022 Ballot. Candidates will be considered based on the priority needs stated above, as well as with an eye towards diversifying the Board.

Voting will be open to members in good standing in May 2022, when ballots will be distributed.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the committee via nominations@participatorysciences.org.

Thank you for your commitment to improving the Citizen Science Association by making a nomination of a candidate or candidates.

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