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 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 16-20 days each year for meetings and for attendance at FNCE®; additional time may be 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

The universal skill set applies to all positions on the national ballot.

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
  • Demonstrates meeting management and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work confidently with media and with internal and external audiences
  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of the nutrition and dietetics profession
  • Thinks globally and is visionary
  • Demonstrates an earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity and honesty
  • Possesses the ability to work well with others as a member of a collaborative group with group decision making authority
  • Earned respect of other key stakeholder group members and exhibits self-confidence with internal and external audiences, exhibiting strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Possesses the ability to think strategically and analytically and to effectively communicate thoughts and the reasons for them
  • Differentiates between "oversight" and "supervision" and understands board-member-staff interrelationships
  • Demonstrates familiarity with the body of knowledge related to both the process for which the group is responsible as well as the substantive content of the subject area within which decisions and choices will have to be made

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, BOD) 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.
  • Monitors the strategic plan for relevance based on environmental trends and makes recommendations for modifications if needed.
  • Serves as member of the Research Committee.
  • Assists the President-elect in performing gap analysis of representation/diversity needs on the Board.
  • Encourages and promotes diversity and inclusivity.
  • Facilitates productive resolution of conflict and consensus.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the President.