The International Literacy Association (ILA) develops, gathers, and disseminates literacy resources, best practices, and world-class research to empower educators, inspire students, and inform policymakers. ILA's goals are to increase value to our members and beneficiaries of our mission, to establish ILA as the premier research and evidence-based professional home and knowledge source for literacy educators, and to attain and maintain financial stability.
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.
A very 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 3 or 4 regular Board meetings and 2 or 3 semiregular special meetings of the Board each year
- Availability to attend ILA's annual conference
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.