IOA 2021 Board Election

Call for Nominations

IOA will be holding an election for new Board members this winter to serve for the 2021-2024 term. All IOA voting members (full, retired, and distinguished emeritus members) are invited to vote in this election. On 29 September 2020, IOA opened the call for nominations. Read our call for nominations and review the list of important dates and deadlines below.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • 29 September 2020  Call for Nominations open
  • 11 November 2020 – Call for Nominations close
  • 10 December 2020  Board votes on a slate of candidates proposed by the Nominating & Governance Committee (NGC)
  • 22 December 2020  Election period opens 
  • 29 January 2021  Election period closes
  • February 2021  Election results announced to IOA members
  • March 2021  New Board members will begin their term following the IOA Annual Business Meeting

Call for Board Nominations

We are pleased to invite IOA members to submit nominations for the IOA Board of Directors. New Directors will begin their service following the 2021 IOA Annual Business Meeting. Review the requirements for service below. 

Submit a Nomination

Nomination Criteria:

The IOA Bylaws state that any current Member or Retired Member may recommend candidates for the Board of directors. You may nominate yourself or other members.

Nominee Requirements:

As described in the IOA Bylaws the qualifications for directors are as follows:

  • A candidate must be an IOA member or retired member*, AND
  • Currently, hold active status as a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner and three years of organizational ombudsman work experience and three consecutive years of membership in IOA immediately prior to assuming office; OR
  • Completion of the IOA course Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice and five years of organizational ombudsman work experience and three consecutive years of membership in IOA immediately prior to assuming office; OR
  • Seven or more years of organizational ombudsman work experience and three consecutive years of membership in IOA immediately prior to assuming office.

In addition, nominees must be current in their membership dues, be able to serve on the Board, attend meetings, and fully participate in Board activities (we ask you to please confirm these requirements with each person you nominate). Also, note that a nominee is not eligible to run if their term would coincide with the term of a current director from the same institution or organization.

The Nominations and Governance Committee (NGC) may also apply the following criteria for selecting nominees to be placed on the ballot:

  • Diversity of board members (e.g., sector/industry, gender, education, ethnicity, race, geography, etc.);
  • Strengths and skills needed by IOA (e.g., expertise in legal, finance and accounting, research, etc.);
  • Leadership experience;
  • Experience on IOA committees and task forces and feedback from committee chairs about reputation for integrity, ethical behavior, honesty, reliability, and ability to collaborate;
  • Strong commitment to IOA's vision and success;
  • Availability of institutional support for the nominee (e.g. ability to commit time to Board duties, release time from work, administrative support, etc.);
  • Nominees should not have, nor appear to have a conflict of interest that would interfere with the ability to represent the interests of the Association; and
  • The intention to complete at least one full three-year term.

Term Requirements:

IOA Board terms are three years, starting late March 2021 at the Annual Business Meeting and ending at the Annual Business Meeting in 2024 A listing of the current IOA Board of Directors and their term status is on the IOA website. IOA Directors may serve two consecutive terms. Terms are staggered so that a majority of the Board returns from year to year.

Submit a Nomination