NESSE Elections

NESSE is run by an Executive Board of eight dedicated volunteers. The elections for the Executive Board for 2016-17 has now ended..

Congratulations to our new Board members who will formally start their roles on the 1st September.

Chian Chan – Director of Sustainable Science Groups 2016-2018

Daniel Pleissner – Vice Director of Research 2016-17

Tabitha petchey

Tabitha Petchey – Executive Board Support 2016-18

Alexandra Hicken

Alexandra Hicken – Director of Marketing & Communications 2016-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to the candidates discussing their background and aims:

 

Half of the Board is elected each year for a two year term starting at the beginning of September. The positions that were open this year were:

  • Finance Director: responsible for managing the finances and raising money for NESSE. A great role for someone who is keen to gain experience in writing grants, is a great communicator and has an eye for detail. Read the detailed role description.
  • Executive Board Support: supports the Executive Board and Advisory Group. An ideal role for someone who is well-organised and keen to be a key nuts and bolts figure within NESSE. Read the detailed role description.
  • Director of Sustainable Science Groups: supporting and developing NESSE’s global network of local Sustainable Science Groups. Ideal for someone with previous experience of running a local group, who enjoys meeting new people (virtually) and loves sharing ideas. Read the detailed role description.
  • Director of Marketing & Communications: promoting NESSE and building our communications base. Excellent written communication skills are a must, and design or website skills would be a bonus! Read the detailed role description.

Being on the NESSE Executive Board is an amazing experience. If you are passionate about science, engineering and sustainability, this is an incredible opportunity to shape the future in a young and vibrant organisation. You will gain skills, contacts, knowledge and work with leaders in sustainable science from across the world.

Find out more about the Executive Board positions:

  1. Read the Roles and Responsibilities of Executive Board members
  2. Exec Board roles summary
  3. NESSE Executive Board Candidacy Application 2016

Read about the experiences of last years Board:

  1. Executive Director Jennie Dodson on setting-up NESSE and what’s in store over the next year
  2. Laura Hoch talks about the role of Director of Sustainable Science Groups
  3. Read more about the role of Director of Marketing & Communications from Natalie O’Neil

Details for the Executive Board Elections 2016

How does the Executive Board operate?

The NESSE Executive Board is responsible for setting out the vision and priorities of the organisation, developing new projects and  working closely with our partners to help all of our members.

The Board is distributed globally so we work together online via skype calls and using an online organisational tool (Asana) to manage projects and activities between meetings.

Our general requirements, regardless of position, are:

  • You need to be a current NESSE early-career member. You can join for FREE here.
  • You need to be passionate about sustainability, and agree with our mission, vision, and values.
  • You need to be able to commit time to the organisation. To be effective, most positions require 5-10hrs/week on average.
  • Self-motivation is important for the digital environment that we work in.

The key roles and responsibilities of the Executive Board are:

  • Taking joint responsibility for managing the financial and legal responsibilities of NESSE
  • Maintaining active communication with the rest of the Board, external stakeholders and volunteers including checking and using our online project management system 3-4 times per week (Asana)
  • Attending 1-2h Executive Board meetings every two weeks and twice yearly half day online strategy planning sessions
  • Developing the strategy and activities of your particular area of responsibility and leading the activities
  • Recruiting and managing a team of members responsible for specific tasks related to your area of work
  • Bringing to the Board new strategies and proposals
  • Writing detailed handover notes and give full in person handover to new Director
  • Communicating any periods of absence or reductions in workload to Executive Director
What are the different Executive Board roles and what do they involve?

Co-Executive Director’s (for more info email jennie.dodson@sustainablescientists.org)

The Co-Executive Director’s have the overall responsibility for keeping the show on the road! This includes developing and implementing the organisation vision and strategy, managing a globally distributed Board, building strong links with other organisations, raising the profile of NESSE, sustainable science and early-career scientists and building NESSE’s resources (both people and money!). This role requires someone who is passionate about sustainable science, has organisational leadership experience as well as the energy, enthusiasm and time to dedicate to NESSE. We have two co-Executive Directors with one elected each year to maintain continuity, we also aim to have a geographic spread to increase the spread and diversity of NESSE.

Finance Director (for more info email julian.silverman@sustainablescientists.org)

The Finance Director is responsible for managing the finances and accounts for NESSE. This includes keeping up-to-date financial records, writing grant applications, organising sponsorship and fundraising and developing the yearly budget. This is a great role for someone who is keen to gain experience in writing grants, is a great communicator (you’ll need to be able to tell people how great NESSE is!) and has an eye for detail.

Executive Board Support (for more info email jennie.dodson@sustainablescientists.org)

This person supports the NESSE Executive Board by organising meetings, maintaining notes and keeping in contact with the advisory board. They also play a key role in organising the elections each year. This is an ideal role for someone who is well-organised and keen to be a key nuts and bolts figure within NESSE.

Director of Communications and Marketing (for more info email natalie.oneil@sustainablescientists.org)

This role does what it says on the label! You will be responsible for overseeing NESSE’s online communications including the blog, website, social media as well as promotional materials and branding to promote NESSE to the wider world. Excellent written communication skills are a must, and design or website skills would be a bonus!

Director of Sustainable Science Groups (for more info email laura.hoch@sustainablescientists.org)

This role is dedicated to engaging with and supporting NESSE’s global network of local Sustainable Science Groups. Primary responsibilities include helping new NESSE Groups become established in their local communities, facilitating interaction between NESSE Groups, and creating and curating resources as needed to support all NESSE Groups as they engage with their local communities about sustainable science. This position is ideal for someone with previous experience of running a local group, who is enthusiastic, supportive, enjoys meeting new people (virtually) and loves sharing ideas.

Director of Membership Activities (for more info email norman.spencer@sustainablescientists.org)

As Membership Activities Director you will support and develop existing and new engagement initiatives including webinars, conference events, the mentorship scheme and membership communications. This role is ideal for someone who is outgoing, a great communicator, has experience of running events and is excited to develop interesting initiatives that connect our members to each other and provide them with career-enhancing opportunities.

Director of Research (for more info email cristiano.varrone@sustainablescientists.org)

The Director of Research is responsible for supporting initiatives that connect groups members working around similar global challenges such as around energy, sustainable cities or greener labs. This involves many different possible activities such as running online symposia, creating LinkedIn groups, email lists for resource sharing. You could also develop research programmes such as looking at the incorporation of sustainability in science & engineering curricula. You should have knowledge and interest in the broad range of research happening across different disciplines in science & engineering.

How do I apply to be on the Executive Board?

Any self-defining early-career member of NESSE can stand for election to the Executive Board. Prospective candidates can submit a candidacy for one specific position on the Board.

In order to stand for election, you must complete and submit an official application for candidacy for the desired position. The application must include a biography, past experience, your goals for the position and two professional references. Those standing for the Executive Director position will also need to submit a 2 min video answering a specific set of questions. The information within your application will be distributed via NESSE’s social networking platforms, website and email system.

What is the timeline and process for the elections?

Election Timeline in 2016

18 June – 25th June: Applications open for submission
28th June – 8th July: Voting by NESSE members including elections promotions and online discussion with NESSE members
9/10th July: Announcement of results
11th July- 1st September: Handover and start of new Board members terms

Election process
All members will be informed of the election at least one month prior to the election opening. Information about people standing for election will be posted prior to the election opening. All elections are to be carried out via a suitable electronic system. The election period shall open on the 28th June and close by 11:59pm ET on 8th July. In the event of a system failure, the election period shall be extended by a maximum of seven days.

During this two week elections period an online meeting, twitter discussion, or some other means of online communication, will be held to enable members to learn more about the people standing for positions and to ask questions of them. The webinar will involve NESSE members or previous Board members talking about different positions, what they do, what they think they need rather than a combative hustings. People standing for the Executive Director role will be expected to participate in a short interview/debate as they will be expected to have a public role. A twitter/facebook/webinar discussion may be run for all candidates.

All registered early-career members of NESSE can vote for one candidate within each position up for election. The voting system will be the Condorcet voting system. In the event of a mathematical tie, a runoff election between the two candidates must occur the following week.

Frequently asked questions

How many members does the NESSE Executive Board have?

The Executive Board consists of 8 members.

Who is eligible to run for the NESSE Executive Board?

Any self-defining early-career member of NESSE can stand for election to the Executive Board. Past Executive Board members are eligible to run for up to three two year terms in total as long as they fit the other eligibility criteria.

Who elects the Executive Board?

The Executive Board is elected by the early-career members of NESSE.

How long is a term on the Executive Board?

Exex Board Directors are elected for two years from September 1 to August 31st two years later.

How does the Executive Board conduct meetings?

The Executive Board usually meets once or twice a month online via Skype. In between, the Executive Board Directors are in regular contact using our online management tool, Asana, and via email. In the future we would like to schedule one in-person meeting at the beginning of the term, to help all outgoing and incoming Executive Board to get to know each other and develop strategy, but this will depend on Board member availabilities and funding. We also try to arrange meetings with Executive Board Directors at larger conferences that we know a few of us will attend.

If you have any questions about the Executive Board positions or the elections please contact jennie.dodson@sustainablescientists.org