The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is seeking board members to fill our vacant positions. If you are interested or you know of an outstanding elder representative or professional that can represent your area, please provide them with this information.
The NICOA board of directors is comprised of American Indian and Alaskan Native elders, age 55 or over. Board members represent each of the 12 NICOA regions; and one member representing the National Association of Title VI Grantees.
Each position, except for Title VI, holds a four-year term, that is up for election every two years during our biennial conference. If a position becomes available, a person may apply for the open position, and the NICOA board of directors will determine if they can hold the position until the next scheduled election. (Due to the current COVID-19 issue, the positions below that are highlighted will be up for re-election/election at the 2021 conference. This will extend the other six positions to the 2023 conference.)
The roles and responsibilities of NICOA board members include:
- Ensuring the organization’s mission and purpose are realized;
- Supporting and evaluating the executive director’s performance;
- Ensuring the organization has adequate resources through fundraising to carry out its mission;
- Monitoring the allocation of these resources and ensuring the legal and ethical integrity of the organization;
- Representing the organization at local, regional, and national events;
- Attending bi-monthly board meetings (the calendar of meetings is created in November, for the next year). These meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every other month, at 12 p.m. MST. There is usually a face-to-face meeting three times a year at the Albuquerque office. If funds are available, NICOA will pay for your travel, per diem, and hotel accommodations;
- Working cooperatively with fellow board members and the NICOA executive director to proactively represent the elders from the area that elected you; and;
- Avoiding conflicts of interest between the work of NICOA and other organizations to which you belong.
When considering whether to serve as a board member of NICOA, you must evaluate the time you have to devote to fundraising, advocacy, and governance responsibilities required of each board member. It is truly an honor to represent and serve fellow elders, but it is also a substantial time commitment that should be considered very carefully. Board members are not allowed to be paid for the services they provide on behalf of NICOA, a nonprofit organization.
(NOTE: It is a requirement to have access to a computer and have some basic computer skills to access meeting materials online, and attend the Zoom video meetings, or conference calls. If you have any questions about this requirement please contact Larry Curley, executive director or Cheryl J. Archibald, executive assistant at (505) 292-2001.)
You are qualified to apply if you are 55 years old or older, an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, and a current dues paying voting member of NICOA; submit this NICOA Board Member Request form, a current resume, and your written statement to NICOA.