The Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association is looking for candidates interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the Association. In general terms, this means that the Board is responsible for supervising the Executive Director, providing strategic planning and vision, and developing and implementing corporate policy.
There are four Directorships up for election this year. Three of these positions are for a two year term and one is for a one year term, all starting at the time of the election. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve for the two year terms. The election will take place at the September 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Candidates will be acclaimed if the number of candidates running for election is less than or equal to the number of electable positions. In the event of acclamation and if required, the newly elected Board members will determine who shall receive the 1-year term through discussion; in the event that a decision cannot be reached the one year term shall be determined by lot amongst the indeterminate candidates.
Anyone interested in deciding whether they would want to run for the Board is invited to meet directly with current members of the nominations committee. If interested in meeting with members of the nominations committee, or if you have any questions about what is involved in serving as a Director, please contact the Interim Board Chair, Brian Kells, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Can Run for the Board?
Any OCUA member is eligible to run for the OCUA Board of Directors. Potential candidates can be nominated by the Nominations Committee or by the Membership.
The minimum requirement is the submission of the following as a condition of acceptance for the election:
- Signatures of 25 regular members of the Association supporting the candidacy (this requirement is waived if you choose to go through the Nominations Committee; see below)
- Declaration that there is no conflict of interest inherent in the candidacy (you are not part of competing organization, for instance)
Beyond the minimum requirements, however, OCUA encourages all candidates to submit to a formal evaluation process by the OCUA Nominations Committee. This committee’s mandate is to assess candidates against the needs of the Association, and to recommend outstanding candidates to the Membership. An endorsement by the Nominations Committee is not a guarantee of election - an open vote of all Members will still determine the Board - but it is our hope that the committee’s dedication to finding the best possible candidates will resonate with the Membership and provide the details necessary to make an informed choice for the future of our Association.
The 2014 Nominations Committee is:
- Tanya Gallant, Director (Committee Chair)
- Brian Kells, Interim Chair
- Andrew Smith, Director
Nominations by Committee
To submit your candidacy to the Nominations Committee, please send an email outlining your skills and your interest in serving as a Director, and send it as soon as possible, but no later than Friday September 5th 5PM EDT, to: email@example.com.
Please include the word "nominations" in the subject line. You will receive confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for the 2014 election.
Nominations from the Membership
If you would like to stand for the Board of Directors, but choose to bypass the Nominations Committee, you must submit your name directly to the Committee Chair no later than Friday September 5th 5PM EDT, along with the signatures of 25 regular members of the Association supporting the candidacy, and your Declaration that there is no conflict of interest inherent in the candidacy. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for the 2014 election.
To submit your candidacy directly to the Committee Chair, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the word "candidate" in the subject line. You will receive confirmation of receipt within 24 hours.
In general, the Director position will require:
- A one-year or two-year commitment to the Board
- 2-6 hours of work per week
- Regular communication via email and phone with other Directors and the membership
- Attendance at Board meetings; usually 2 hours in length, occurring monthly
Depending on participation on various projects and committees, this commitment could be increased. Time commitment may also be higher at certain times of year (spring is a usual busy time).
In general, OCUA seeks candidates who are passionate about the sport of ultimate, enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow the Association and possess the following competencies:
- Integrity and mutual support (Spirit of the Game)
- Strong leadership and management capabilities
- Communication and diplomacy skills
- Team-building and facilitation
- Flexibility and innovation
- "Big Picture" vision
Please note that, while the ideal candidate is an ultimate player who is familiar with OCUA, the game, and our community, a candidate from outside the community, but who demonstrates the necessary enthusiasm, commitment, and skills required can be considered for election as an Associate Member of the OCUA.
The Board of Directors is always interested in candidates with specific skill sets or experience. Experience in any of the following fields is not required, but would be a strong asset:
- Marketing, communications and media relations
- Fundraising & sponsorship
- Facilities management
- Sports management
- Human resources
- Information technology
- Tournaments and member relations •
- Risk and safety
We always like to hear from our members. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any comments, suggestions or feedback at email@example.com.
Interim Chair of the Board