House of Delegates Speaker-elect, Speaker or Immediate Past Speaker Position Description

Term

  • Three positions serving staggered terms
  • Three year term
  • This position serves on the House Leadership Team and the Academy Board of Directors

Part I: Qualifications

  • Is a current member of the Academy in the Active classification
  • Has 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 Speaker-Elect shall serve for one (1) year. As HOD Speaker-elect, works closely with HOD Speaker in learning roles and responsibilities to ensure continuity and fills in as needed. At the end of this term the HOD Speaker-Elect shall become HOD Speaker and serve for one (1) year. At the end of this term the HOD Speaker shall become HOD Past-Speaker and serve for one (1) year.
  • The position also serves on the Academy Board of Directors.
  • Time. The positions of HOD Speaker and Speaker-elect require a time commitment of approximately two (2) – three (3) months each year for meetings and travel in addition to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.

Overview of Meetings

  • HLT meetings: 2 times per year (June/July, January); HOD meetings: 2 times per year (Fall Meeting/FNCE®/ Spring Meeting)
  • BOD face to face meetings: 4-5 times per year
  • Virtual Finance and Audit Committee meeting
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit: 1 time per year

Overview of Conference Calls

  • HLT conducts calls every 4-6 weeks, which usually last 1½ hours.
  • Finance and Audit Committee conducts monthly calls which are usually 1-1½ hours.
  • Weekly call with Speaker and HOD Governance Team staff.
  • Additional time is required for presentations, conference calls, correspondence, planning, report writing related to the work of the Board and HOD/HLT.
  • This position may require additional commitments of time and talent for special projects and/or task force assignments from the Board of Directors, and the House of Delegates.

Part III: Recommended Skill Sets

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

Specific to Speaker/Speaker-elect

  • Experience in meeting management and facilitation
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with self-confidence
  • Experience with identifying and addressing issues impacting the profession
  • Ability to inspire member confidence and lead a group of diverse individuals
  • Differentiates between organizational and professional issues
  • Demonstrates public social skills and presentation skills
  • Facilitates productive resolution of conflict and consensus
  • Is proactive
  • Is visionary
  • Demonstrates meeting management and facilitation skills
  • Ability to work confidently with media
  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of the dietetics profession
  • Thinks globally

Part IV: Functions

As HOD Speaker-Elect

  • Serves as a member of the HOD and the HOD Leadership Team
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and the Compensation Committee
  • Serves as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee
  • Performs functions of the HOD Speaker in the Speaker's absence or when the Speaker is unable to perform the functions of Speaker as determined by the Board
  • Collaborates with other HLT members to facilitate the HOD Meeting dialogue sessions (1-2 dialogue sessions per HOD meeting)
  • Appoints standing committees during the Speaker-elect term to serve during the term as Speaker
  • Assists the Speaker in filling any vacancies on committees as needed
  • Serves as liaison to other groups, as requested by the Academy President
  • Facilitate communications between the BOD and HOD
  • Encourages and promotes diversity and inclusivity
  • Performs other duties as designated by the Academy President and HOD Speaker

As HOD Speaker

  • Serves as a member of the HOD and the HOD Leadership Team
  • Collaborates with other HLT members to facilitate the HOD Meeting dialogue sessions (usually 1 dialogue session per meeting)
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and the Compensation Committee
  • Serves as ex-officio to the Legislative and Public Policy Committee
  • Fills any vacancies on committees as needed
  • Directs functions to facilitate work of the House
  • Encourages and promotes diversity and inclusivity
  • Serves as liaison to other groups, as requested by the Academy President
  • Facilitates communications between the BOD and HOD
  • Performs other duties as designated by the Academy President

As HOD Past-Speaker

  • Serves as a member of the HOD and the HOD Leadership Team
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Performs other duties as designated by the Academy President and HOD Speaker
  • Encourages and promotes diversity and inclusivity