House of Delegates Director Position Description


  • Three positions serve staggered three (3) year terms. This position serves on the House Leadership Team and the Academy Board of Directors.

Part I: Qualifications

  • Member of the Academy in the Active or Retired classification
  • Served at least two (2) years in the House of Delegates as an elected or appointed delegate in the past 10 years
  • Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration preferred
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities
  • Has additional experience in activities and operations of the Academy, such as participation in national, DPG, MIG and Affiliate and/or district dietetic associations
  • Obtains employer support for involvement and time commitment

Part II: Requirements

  • The HOD Director shall serve a three (3) year term. The HOD Director also serves on the Academy Board of Directors.
  • Time. The HOD Director position requires a time commitment of two (2) months (25-30 days) each year for meetings and travel in addition to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, conference calls and/or on-line discussions. Additional time is required for correspondence, planning, writing reports related to the work of the BOD and HOD/HLT. Depending on committee appointments and the Academy's program of work, this time commitment may be greater.

Overview of Meetings

  • HLT meetings: 2 times per year (June/July, January); HOD meetings: 2-3 times per year (Fall Meeting/FNCE®; Virtual Meetings)
  • BOD face to face and virtual meetings: as scheduled

Overview of Conference Calls

  • HLT conducts calls every 4-6 weeks, which usually last 1½ hours
  • The position may require additional time and talent for special projects and/or task force assignments from the House of Delegates/HOD Leadership Team and the Board of Directors

Part III: Recommended Skill Sets and Attributes

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

Specific to HOD Directors

  • Experience in meeting management and facilitation
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with self-confidence
  • Ability to identify and address issues impacting the profession
  • Differentiates between organizational and professional issues
  • Demonstrates public social skills and presentation skills
  • Facilitates productive resolution of conflict and consensus
  • Demonstrates meeting management and facilitation skills
  • Thinks globally

Part IV: Functions

  • Serves as a member of the HOD and the HOD Leadership Team
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Serves as a liaison to other groups as requested by the Academy President and the House of Delegates Speaker
  • Collaborates with other HLT members to facilitate the HOD Meeting dialogue sessions (1-2 dialogue sessions per HOD meeting)
  • Works with other HOD Directors to triage professional and member issues, facilitating and/or appointing task forces, facilitating team decision-making and consensus building to help accomplish the Academy's mission, vision and strategic goals
  • Performs other duties as designated by the Academy President and HOD Speaker
  • Encourages and promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access