ALA Board of Directors

Description: The Board of Directors is a group of members charged with managing the activities, funds, membership, property and programs of the Association. The Board serves as the link to all ALA members. The Board keeps members well-informed of the strategy and vision of the Association by providing communication to ALA leaders, committees and members at large.

Board Size: In accordance with ALA Bylaws, the Board of Directors shall be composed of between nine (9) and twelve (12) Directors from the membership at-large and three (3) Executive Committee Members (President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President). The Executive Director shall serve as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board.

Term: 3 years

Term Commencement: The term of a Director officially begins at the Annual Conference following the candidate’s selection. In order to provide effective orientation, continuity of initiatives and an overall smooth transition, the Director begins participating in meetings three to four months before the official term begins. The meetings include attendance at the Association Leadership Institute (typically held in February or March) and possible travel to assist in conferences not related to the Annual Conference. The majority of expenses relating to attendance at these meetings are paid by ALA. During this time prior to the official start of the term, the Director may be asked to participate in conference calls with committees, project teams, task forces and/or special interest groups.

Appointments per year: varies

Expectations: Individuals who commit to serve at this level of the Association are held to high standards of public decorum, dependability and service to the members. Directors are expected to attend various Board meetings, events and functions that occur during their term of office.

The Director participates fully in strategic planning and policy setting decisions and is expected to do so with the best interests of all members and the Association in mind. Directors must be concerned with developing policies that serve the entire membership. All Directors serve as trustees for the Association and must discharge those responsibilities with the highest regard for member needs, a commitment to the enhancement of the profession and a high personal sense of ethics and trustworthiness.

Directors, like all leaders in the Association, are relied upon to advance creative strategies that promote the mission of ALA and inform members of the policies, programs and initiatives of ALA. All Directors shall exhibit and develop the attributes deemed important to leadership in ALA. Those attributes are: courage, vision, communication, passion, reliability, inclusiveness, balance, respect, professionalism, collaboration and integrity.

It is required that each Director support and abide by the Bylaws, Governance Practice Statements, Code of Ethics, Policies, Strategic Plan and Plan of Work of the Association.

Summary of Position: A Director is charged with an array of diverse responsibilities. However, there are core guidelines, responsibilities and duties that are essential in this role.  As members of the ALA Board of Directors, Directors have policy making responsibilities that affect all aspects of the Association.  All Directors shall actively participate in assigned responsibilities as specified by the President or Board of Directors depending on any given year’s Plan of Work, including but not limited to participation in task forces and working with various stakeholders both within and outside of the organization. Directors will communicate ALA services to all members, potential members and other industry-related persons or groups; visit chapters as needed or requested; support strategic and administrative functions of chapters; promote ALA and convey the mission and goals of the Association; and encourage chapters and all members to adhere to the Association Bylaws, Policies, Chapter Performance Objectives and the ALA Code of  Ethics. 

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Prepare for, attend and actively participate in all Board meetings as a voting member of the Board.
  2. Work with ALA staff and others on financial and legal matters that may arise and when assigned.
  3. Ensure proper due diligence is conducted on potential Association volunteer candidates.
  4. Review, monitor and ensure compliance with ALA Bylaws, Code of  Ethics, Policies and Governance Practice Statements.
  5. Serve and/or chair on assigned task forces or other committees and be accountable to the Board for the work product of those groups, as requested.
  6. Serve as Board liaison to a committee or project team as assigned by the President.
  7. Identify and encourage qualified members to apply for volunteer opportunities (i.e., Committees, Project Teams, Chapter Resource Team, Director, Nominating Committee) and recognize and mentor current and potential Association leaders.

The individual selected for this position shall:

  1. Have successfully served in a leadership position within ALA and have demonstrated a commitment to the mission and goals of ALA.
  2. Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong ability to prepare and conduct presentations for chapter events, Association Leadership Institute, Chapter Leadership Institute and all other Association events.
  3. Have the willingness and ability to provide necessary time and energy to the responsibilities and duties described with a positive and professional attitude.
  4. Have a commitment to professional development and advancing the education mission of ALA; show understanding of the issues relevant to the education of legal management professionals. 
  5. Have the ability to collaborate and fully engage with team members.
  6. Have the ability to develop and maintain positive partnerships with ALA Members at all levels of the organization and encourage Business Partner participation. 
  7. Have the ability to develop and maintain positive relations with ALA Executive Director and Headquarters Staff. 

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: At least 7 per year (Association Leadership Institute, Annual Conference, Chapter Leadership Institute, stand-alone board meetings). Serving on the Board of Directors requires an average weekly commitment of approximately five hours as well as required attendance at quarterly Board meetings (typically a Friday-Saturday schedule). Board service also requires attendance at the week-long Annual Educational Conference including pre- and post-conference meetings (held in April or May), Association Leadership Institute (a Friday-Saturday meeting in the first quarter of the year), and a Chapter Leadership Institute (held in June or July). Additional travel commitments occasionally required.

Call for nominations: Summer

Selections made: Fall

ALA Headquarters Liaison: Nicole Larson