Board of Directors Director-at-Large Position Description


  • Three positions serving staggered terms
  • Three-year term

Part I: Qualifications

  • Member of the Academy in the Active or Retired classification
  • Experience in activities and operations of the Academy
  • Participation in national and affiliate and/or district dietetic association activities within the past five (5) years.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration preferred

Part II: Requirements

  • Serve a three (3) year term
  • Requires a time commitment of approximately sixteen (16) days each year for virtual and in-person meetings and travel in addition to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™. Additional time is required for conference calls, correspondence, planning, writing reports, etc. Depending on committee or work group appointments and representation at other external organizations’ meetings/conferences, this time commitment may be greater
  • Employer support in advance is encouraged
  • Willingness to commit time and talent to special projects and/or task force assignments from the Board of Directors

Part III: Recommended Skill Sets and Attributes

  • See Universal Skill Set
  • Specific to BOD Director At-Large
    • Possesses experience and familiarity with the role of a board of directors, leadership related to embracing/managing positive change, and policy implementation, promoting a culture of inquiry and communication
    • Thinks strategically, globally and futuristically taking into account the needs of the entire membership, including competing factions/trends
    • Identifies opportunities, addresses difficult issues and generates solutions
    • Differentiates between organizational and professional issues
    • Understands board-member-staff interrelationships
    • Demonstrates meeting management and facilitation skills
    • Ability to work confidently with media
    • Demonstrates broad knowledge of the nutrition and dietetics profession
    • Exhibits self-confidence with internal and external audiences
    • Thinks globally
    • Is proactive
    • Is visionary

Part IV: Functions

  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Communicates with members and non-members to promote Academy programs, services, and initiatives and to understand and their needs and wants
  • Collaborates with Academy organization units (DPGs/MIGs, ACEND, CDR, HOD) and Affiliates to further their understanding of leadership development and pathways
  • Represents the Board of Directors at Academy organizational unit and at other external organizations' meetings and conferences as requested by the President, in consultation with the CEO
  • Monitors the strategic plan for relevance based on environmental trends and makes recommendations for modifications if needed
  • Assists the President-elect in performing gap analysis of representation/diversity inclusivity needs on the Board
  • Encourages and promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and access
  • Facilitates productive resolution of conflict and consensus
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the President