The International Literacy Association (ILA) publishes cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research, creates and disseminates practical, evidence-based resources for educators, provides impactful professional development and learning experiences, recognizes outstanding teacher preparation programs, and support teachers, researchers, and literacy leaders with awards and grants. ILA’s mission is to connect research and practice to improve the quality of literacy learning across the globe in ways that are respectful, responsive, and ethical. We advocate for equitable access to literacies among individuals of all ages and diverse communities as a basic human right and a matter of social justice.
ILA is seeking literacy professionals to fill open positions on the ILA Board of Directors and to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission and purpose. There are currently four positions to be filled: vice president and three at-large Board members.
We strongly encourage colleagues to either apply themselves or nominate a fellow professional to serve. We especially seek nominations of and applications from members who demonstrate and represent leadership in the profession, possess the ability to think strategically, and are dedicated to ILA’s mission and purpose. Specific responsibilities include oversight of ILA’s strategic direction and fiduciary responsibility.
An important process to follow: If you are nominating another professional, please check with the person to ensure that they are willing to run. If you are nominating yourself, please review ILA’s Guide to Board Service.
ILA values and seeks leadership representing diversity in features such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, geographic location, and type of professional experience.
ILA has identified a number of desired attributes that are included in the selection process for potential new Board members. Applicants should possess
- Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with ILA and/or the nonprofit community. Examples include but are not limited to service on ILA committees or task forces; in our chapters, provincials, or affiliates; and/or volunteer service in other non-ILA nonprofits.
- Demonstrated ability to think innovatively and entrepreneurially, and to engage with a future-oriented focus and assess and activate informed risk-taking
- Demonstrated positive leadership attributes that include emotional intelligence and the ability to work collaboratively and professionally
- Demonstrated relevant expertise in organizational management. Examples include but are not limited to finance, fundraising, and international and/or strategic alliances.
- Availability and commitment to participate in virtual Board meetings for approximately 60 minutes monthly in addition to monthly committee meetings
- Availability to attend ILA's in-person and digital events
Thank you in advance for taking an active role in this year's nomination process. A dedicated, competent, and skillful Board of Directors ensures the successful future of ILA.