NCIA is accepting applications for eligible candidates to apply for its board of directors now through Friday, September 27, 2019.
The National Cannabis Industry Association is a nonprofit organization run for and by its membership, so we hope you’ll consider this opportunity to apply for a seat on the NCIA Board.
Serving on NCIA’s Board of Directors is no small task. Board members are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the largest and most influential cannabis industry organization in the country. Board Members are also responsible for building membership, fundraising, and ensuring that NCIA continues to be the strongest force advocating for the fair and equal treatment of the industry on Capitol Hill.
New Annual Board Selection Process
To ensure that the board makeup best reflects our membership, NCIA no longer requires board candidates to be Sustaining Members; all current NCIA members, at any level, are eligible to apply for a seat on the board. NCIA members who are interested and qualified to serve on our board are encouraged to submit an application for review by our nominating committee before the September 27 deadline.
Candidates may apply directly for a board position during the open application process. The application form asks for information about the candidate’s professional background, unique talents, skills, and viewpoints, and ability to contribute or raise financial resources for NCIA.
Who Qualifies To Run For A Board Position?
To be considered for a seat on the board, a candidate must be a fiduciary (e.g. owner, president, CEO) of a current dues-paying Member business at any level of membership and must submit an application online by September 27.
What Are The Requirements For An NCIA Board Member?
Board members serve two-year terms and are responsible for overseeing the association’s overall strategy and budget, assist in the development of strategic relationships, and as ambassadors of NCIA, they represent nearly 2,000 member businesses. In general, the NCIA board meets in person twice and conducts 2-3 video conferences per year.
What’s New About This Year’s Process For Nominations?
The new process allows any fiduciary (e.g. owner, president CEO) of a member business to apply to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors.
The selection process will now be overseen by a Nominations Committee and a slate of candidates will be chosen. Candidates not chosen during the selection process may seek an independent nomination to go before a vote of the NCIA membership.
How Are The Board Positions Selected?
Once the application period closes, NCIA’s nominating committee will convene to carefully review and score all applications. The committee will ultimately select a slate of nominees to fill nine available board seats that are best suited to bring additional talent, resources, and diversity to our growing organization, based on their qualifications.
Our nominating committee will be comprised of the chairs of our 13 member committees as well as a select number of current board members whose terms are not expiring this year.
NCIA Members will then be notified of the slate and provided instructions for obtaining an independent nomination. Independent candidates must get the signatures (electronic) of 5% of the membership in order to qualify for the ballot.
If no qualified independent candidates are received by November 27, the slate of nominees recommended by the Board of Directors shall be declared members of the Board of Directors and shall commence their term in January 2020.
If one or more qualified independent candidates qualify, all candidates will be presented to the membership for an election which will take place during the month of December.