NAEYC’s nominations process is designed to identify potential board members who will:
- bring broad-based knowledge of issues affecting the early childhood profession,
- carefully prepare for meetings by reviewing and synthesizing the provided background materials,
- fully participate in group discussions by respectfully offering and listening to diverse points of view, and
- make thoughtful decisions that are in the best interests of the entire Association.
Any current member is eligible for consideration by the Nominating Panel. The process begins with an online application that includes contact and demographic information, a resume of relevant professional experience, and a 2-page personal statement.
Additionally, applicants are asked to provide three (3) references. References are contacted electronically and asked to complete a short survey as a background check. The submitted information is reviewed by the Nominating Panel. The review is used to identify potential candidates who are then asked to participate in a group interview with the Panel at the NAEYC Headquarters in September. Based on the interviews, the Panel recommends the final slate to the Governing Board for approval, and the slate is presented to the NAEYC membership for election.
Key Dates in 2015
|June 30||Deadline for submission of applications for Board At-Large positions|
|August 15||Potential candidates notified and invited to group interviews|
|September 18-19||Group interviews in Washington, DC (if invited, you must participate to be considered for the slate)|
|Early November||Announcement of slate|
The application can be found here. In addition to contact an demographic information, you will also be asked to upload separate documents for your resume and personal statement. Please prepare these documents as a Word or PDF file before submitting your application.
The resume should address your:
- Employment history (last 10 years)
- Professional preparation
- Board or related governance experience, including AEYC Affiliate and NAEYC service (last 10 years)
- Publications, awards, or other noteworthy accomplishments (last 5 years)
Most people will find 2 to 3 pages sufficient to provide this information; Nominating Panel members will be instructed to not review more than 5 pages. Documents should be in PDF or Word format.
Personal Statement Instructions
Your statement should describe why you are interested in serving on the NAEYC Governing Board and the strengths you would bring. You may choose how you wish to organize your statement, but please address the following topics:
- Critical issues you see facing the field of early childhood education
- NAEYC’s role in addressing these issues
- How your knowledge, skills and abilities would contribute to NAEYC’s leadership in advancing the organization’s vision, mission and strategic direction
- Specific examples of how your experiences related to governance and leadership have prepared you to be an effective leader of NAEYC at this time
NOTE: in 2015, the Nominating Panel specifically seeks applications from potential candidates with extensive track records of Affiliate service. One seat on the 2016 ballot is reserved for two candidates who would not only meet the qualifications required of all board members but who also have demonstrated knowledge of and experience with NAEYC Affiliate governance and service.
The application asks you to provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who can attest to your trustworthiness, integrity, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of NAEYC Board Service. Please note: Current NAEYC Governing Board or staff members may not serve as references. Your references will be contacted by email and asked to complete a brief electronic questionnaire and to provide a short statement as to your strengths as a potential Board candidate. At least one of your references should be your current employer (or if self-employed, most recent client).
References will be asked to rate you (the applicant) on the following scale, using peers or professional colleagues as a basis of comparison: Lower 50%; Upper 50%; Upper 25%; Upper 10%; Upper 1%.
The reference asks for ratings on these aspects:
- Commitment to the well-being of children
- Background and reputation of honesty and trust
- Degree of integrity and record of ethical practice
- Leadership and contributions to the field of early childhood education
- Knowledge of issues facing the field of early childhood education
- Commitment to NAEYC’s priority to be a highly functioning organization that is continually enriched by its commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Interpersonal skills and ability to objectively consider various perspectives
- Knowledge of governance and group process
- Knowledge of and/or experience in NAEYC Affiliate structure
- Preparation and follow-through in assigned tasks
In addition, references are asked to attach a brief statement (not more than a 1-page Word or PDF document) that describes the key strengths they feel would make the applicant an outstanding NAEYC Board member at this point in time.
Members of the Nominating Panel review all submitted application materials and references.
In early August, the Nominating Panel identifies potential candidates, based on the review of submitted applications and references. Potential candidates are interviewed in groups of 3–4 people; all interviews are held at the NAEYC Headquarters in Washington, DC. September 18-19, 2015. The group interviews are used to determine the slate of candidates for the 2016 NAEYC Governing Board election; participation in the interview process is mandatory in order to be considered for the slate.
Approval of the Slate
After the group interviews are completed, the Nominating Panel determines its recommendations for the election slate. The proposed slate is presented to the NAEYC Governing Board for approval. Once approved, the slate is presented to the membership and the election process begins.
The application can be found here. You must be a current NAEYC member in good standing to serve on the NAEYC Governing Board. You may submit an application without an active membership number, but you will be required to become a member prior to your participation in the interviews with the Nominating Panel.