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.
  • 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.
  • 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 & Expo.

Overview of Meetings

  • HLT meetings: Two times per year.
    • June/July: Thursday-Sunday
    • January: Friday-Saturday
  • HOD meetings: Two times per year.
    • Fall Meeting/FNCE® (September/October): Thursday-Wednesday
    • Spring Meeting (May): Thursday-Monday
  • BOD face-to-face meetings: Four to five times per year.
    • July/August
    • September/October
    • March
    • May (following Spring HOD Meeting): Sunday-Monday
  • Finance & Audit Committee meeting: One time per year.
    • Usually Spring: Sunday-Monday
  • Public Policy Workshop (PPW): One time per year.
    • Monday-Wednesday

Overview of Conference Calls

  • HLT conducts calls every four to six weeks, which usually last 1 ½ hours.
  • Finance & Audit Committee conducts monthly calls which are usually 1 to 1 ½ 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrates public social skills and presentation skills
  • Facilitates productive resolution of conflict and consensus
  • Is visionary and thinks globally
  • Demonstrates ability to work confidently with media
  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of the nutrition and dietetics profession

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 & 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.