The US Quidditch Board of Directors is currently recruiting for additional members, with a priority on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals.
USQ staff and board members have gotten questions about a number of things related to the board of directors. To help our community better understand how the board works and what makes a good board member, we’ve prepared an FAQ.
How many board members can USQ have?
USQ can have a maximum of 15 board members.
How long do board members serve?
Board members generally serve for a three year term, though they can be elected for a one year term. All board members are eligible for a second consecutive three year term, for a total maximum of six years. If a board member reaches the maximum number of years served, then they must be absent from the board for at least one year before they can be considered again for a board position.
Who elects new board members?
The current board manages the board recruitment process and elects all new board members.
Who is currently serving on the board?
|Badal Chandraemail@example.com||1st; 2019-2022|
|Jeni Craswellfirstname.lastname@example.org||2nd; 2018-2021|
|Amanda Dallasemail@example.com||1st; 2018-2021|
|Nathan Digmann||Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org||1st; 2019-2022|
|Nghiem Doanemail@example.com.||1st; 2018-2021|
|Hank Dugie||Board Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||2nd; 2020-2023|
|Alicia Radford||Treasureremail@example.com||1st; 2019-2022*|
*Radford previously served two terms on the board from 2010-2015. Per USQ’s bylaws, board members are permitted to serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms, but they may apply again for the board if they take at least a year off.
Who oversees the board?
The board is a separate part of the organization and is governed by a set of standards and policies called bylaws. Bylaws are similar to a team or conference constitution. The executive director works closely with the board, but does not supervise them.
What makes a good board member?
“I think qualities that make a good board member are like what make a good volunteer -- following through, being willing to participate and giving feedback,” said USQ Board Treasurer Alicia Radford.
Since USQ’s founding as a nonprofit in 2010, our board of directors have always been majority white. The USQ board is looking to expand our diversity to bring in a variety of voices and perspectives to our work and encourage BIPOC individuals who are interested to consider joining. While the board of directors relies on the staff and volunteers to execute USQ’s mission, ultimately, the board and the individual board members hold a lot of institutional power. This is a critical group to diversify as part of USQ’s ongoing equity and diversity commitments.
The board’s main responsibilities are overseeing the long-term strategic vision and stewarding the financial health of the organization. This includes advising on major project decisions, leading and supporting fundraising initiatives, and monitoring USQ’s finances. Board members serve for a three-year term, and are expected to support the organization through volunteering their time, skills, and/or financial resources, up to 10 hours per month. Board member activities include:
All candidates must demonstrate a vested interest in the sport of quidditch, but are not otherwise required to be involved in its play or management. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Strong candidates should have a developed sense of professionalism and decorum, a diverse skill set, and some management experience, whether on their quidditch team, within USQ, or elsewhere in their professional life. The best candidates are supportive of our mission and values, detail-oriented, and able to discuss complex issues.
The current board is made up of a mix of current and former team leaders and outside professionals who bring relevant nonprofit, fundraising, and legal expertise. For more information about the current board members, click here.
To apply, please fill out this form. If you’re interested in learning more about being the board member, send us an email as well at firstname.lastname@example.org; we’re happy to answer any questions. Applications are due by August 31, 2020, but will also be accepted on a rolling basis past that deadline.