NESSE Elections

The 2020 Executive Board Election is now underway!  

NESSE is run by an Executive Board of eight dedicated volunteers. Half of the Board is elected each year for a two year term starting at the beginning of September. The election process starts in July 2020.  For any questions regarding the election contact:

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/month on average.
  • Self-motivation is important for the digital environment that we work in.
  • Submit an application by August 30th for the 2020 election

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 month 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

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. Apply now! 

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.

Open positions for the 2020 Election:
Co-Executive Director
Director of Finance
Executive Board Support
Director of Research
Director of Sustainable Science Groups 

What is the timeline and process for the elections?

Elections typically take place during May- September. The 2020 election timeline is as follows:

Applications open: July 19th – August 30th 

2-3 weeks of campaign and voting (campaign, online questions/interviews/hustings, social media): August 31st- September 15th

Results to candidates: September  15th

Results to membership: September 15th

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. 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 or other format of communication 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. 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