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As ICF continues to evolve into a large, complex global association, it requires governance with an expanded set of knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes to continue leading the organization and the profession of coaching in the future.

ICF Seeks Nominating Committee Members

ICF is currently accepting applications for its Nominating Committee. The deadline to apply is June 8, 2018, at 12 Noon (New York).

Global Board Election Process

The ICF Global Board of Directors is a body of elected members who govern the affairs of the organization. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to set the vision, mission and objectives of the organization. It is up to the Board to clearly define its expectations, goals and measures of success based on information and input from the staff.

The Chair is the chief elected officer of the International Coach Federation and shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio member of all committees. The Chair shall address the membership at proper times to communicate matters and suggestions that may promote the welfare and increase the usefulness of ICF. The Chair shall perform other necessary duties, including duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Results of the 2018 ICF Global Board Election were announced in November 2017.

ICF Global Board Criteria

  • Directors

    Criteria

    • Two years minimum of ICF Membership
    • ICF Credential (ACC, PCC or MCC)
    • ICF Committee service at the international level and/or demonstrated leadership at the local level (officer, board or chairmanship) is preferred
    • Familiarity with ICF’s complex structure, current strategic plan, global initiatives and role in the industry
    • A sustained, successful and documented coaching practice comprising less than 25 percent coaches as clients
    • Consummate coaching professional who reflects the spirit, training, credentials and integrity of the coaching profession
    • Should understand the time commitment necessary for this position

    Commitments

    • Attending as many as three (3) ICF Board of Directors meetings in person
    • Attending regular bi-monthly Board tele-meetings (two hours, pre-scheduled)
    • Being flexible and willing to attend urgent or impromptu Board conference calls
    • Being prepared to attend a part or all of an ICF-branded event

    Experience

    • Business experience (for-profit and nonprofit)
    • Leadership experience
    • Global experience with operations or influence
    • Experience working with a professional services firm or third-party vendor

    Competencies

    • Ethical decision making
    • Knowledge of government regulatory compliance
    • Understanding of legal responsibilities of nonprofit Boards
    • A global mindset
    • Financial management and budgeting experience
    • Familiarity with research/innovation in the application of science, practice and education
    • Creation of strategic partnerships and an outward view
    • Leadership experience, including involvement on other boards
    • Social responsibility
    • Comfort with public speaking and presentations
    • A demonstrated commitment to the purpose of the organization
    • Experience with a professional association (preferred, not necessary)
  • Chair

    Criteria

    • Must be a member in good standing of the Association upon nomination and election and during the entirety of their term of office
    • Must have been granted an ACC, PCC or MCC Credential by the Association and be in good standing with the credential upon nomination or election and during the entirety of the term of office
    • Possess the competencies as approved by the board for new directors
    • Be in a position to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors
    • Must have previously completed one term as a Director within three years of the date of their election
    • Should understand the considerable time commitment necessary for this position

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Leads and facilitates all board meetings in a professional and collaborative manner
    • Serves as ex-officio member of all committees
    • Monitors time of the meeting
    • Works in partnership with the CEO to make sure board resolutions are carried out
    • Calls special meetings if necessary
    • Consults with the CEO on the appointment of committee, task force and core team members
    • Sets agenda for board meetings
    • Assists the CEO in conducting new board member orientation
    • Serves as spokesperson for the organization
    • Periodically consults with board members on their roles and helps them assess their performance

    Experience

    • Business experience (for-profit and non-profit)
    • Leadership experience
    • Global experience with operations or influence
    • Experience working with a professional services firm or third-party vendor

    Competencies

    • Ethical decision making
    • Knowledge of government regulatory compliance
    • Understanding of legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards
    • A global mindset
    • Financial management and budgeting experience
    • Familiarity with research/innovation in the application of science, practice and education
    • Creation of strategic partnerships and an outward view
    • Leadership experience, including involvement on other boards
    • Social responsibility
    • Comfort with public speaking and presentations
    • A demonstrated commitment to the purpose of the organization
    • Experience with a professional association (preferred, not necessary)

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