Becoming a Board Member2017-10-30T13:22:48+00:00

Becoming a Board Member

The International Biogeography Society’s governing board (=board members) are a group of very dedicated volunteers, familiar with the society, that help guide day-to-day and long-term decisions.  Selection of future board members is a combination of a search by the Elections Committee for interested and appropriate individuals, followed by an election by society members in September of even-numbered years.  Check out the job descriptions below to find out more about each position.

A list of past Board Members can be found here.

  • Objective: Oversee all aspects of IBS activities while maintaining a positive public image of the organization among members and the general public
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Interact with the leaders of other learned societies, government officials, and the general public on behalf of IBS;
    2. Supervise, hire, and terminate any employees of IBS with approval of the Board;
    3. Appoint ad hoc (called “special” in the bylaws) committee chairs and members;
    4. Attend and Chair all meetings of the Board;
    5. Develop, with the assistance of the Secretary, agendas for all meetings of the Board;
    6. Develop Annual Tactical Plans with the assistance of other Board Members
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Maintain good working relations with and among Board Members;
    2. Create an effective Board;
    3. Maintain good relations with IBS employees;
    4. Be the “face” of IBS
  • Commitment: 6 years total (2 as incoming-President, 2 as President, 2 as Past-President). Fixed term.
  • Objective: Maintains and creates the archives of IBS to provide a written record of decisions made and financial transactions conducted on behalf of IBS members by the Board.
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Receives and accepts Slate of Officers from Nominating Committee headed by Past President;
    2. Manages Election of Board and Officers in October of each even digit year;
    3. Maintains records of the proceedings of IBS including actions taken by the Board or its representatives, Board approved policies, and IBS procedures;
    4. Reports annually to the membership on IBS activities over the previous year;
    5. Prepares the agenda for all meetings of the IBS Board;
    6. Serve as an advisor to the Board and members on issues related to IBS bylaws and constitution;
    7. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the Society;
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Ensure the timely and accurate flow of information to members of the Board and the Executive;
    2. Create an accurate archive of all activities of IBS by gathering key information to tell the story of the activities of each member of the Board and all committees and subcommittees
  • Commitment:  Minimum 2 years (with optional extension)
  • Objective: Maintains financial records, reports financial activities to the Board and IBS Members quarterly, and imposes fiscal controls to protect the International Biogeography Society
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Develops and presents the Annual Budget for approval of the Board by June of each year;
    2. Prepares for and works with independent CPA to annually audit the financial transactions of the IBS with the written audit presented to the Board in June of each year;
    3. Maintains records of all financial transactions;
    4. Processes all financial transactions of the IBS;
    5. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the Society;
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Develop and execute internal fiscal controls to maintain the trust of members;
    2. Work closely with the IBS Executive to create timely and accurate reports on financial activities;
    3. Work closely with Vice President of Development to create and conduct a viable business plan for IBS
  • Commitment:  Minimum 2 year (with optional extension)
  • Objective: Oversees all aspects of the planning and execution of IBS meetings
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Chairs and nominates appointees to the Conference Standing Committee;
    2. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the Society;
    3. Recommends, for Board approval, the content and activities of IBS Conferences;
    4. Develop, recommend for approval, and adhere to a written budget for each IBS Conference;
    5. Oversees the production of the written conference program
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Ensure profitability and excellence in IBS produced conferences;
    2. Work closely with Vice President of Public Relations and Communication to promote IBS conferences;
    3. Works closely with the Vice President of Development and Awards to identify, solicit, and satisfy conference sponsors;
    4. Works with the Vice President of Development and Awards to conduct pre- and post-conference surveys to measure member satisfaction
  • Commitment: Minimum 2 Years (with optional extension)
  • Objective: Manages all aspects of membership, fundraising, and granting of scholarships, awards, and other IBS honors
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Chairs and nominates appointees to the Standing Development and Awards Committee;
    2. Nominates Chair and appointees to the Awards Subcommittee(s);
    3. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the IBS;
    4. Conducts and interprets all Membership Surveys
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Develop and execute fundraising tactics to increase revenues for the IBS;
    2. Develop and execute membership recruitment and retention efforts to increase revenues for the IBS;
    3. Work with Board to create long-range business plan for the IBS
  • Commitment:  Minimum 2 Years (with optional extension)
  • Objective: Manages all aspects of the IBS publications and communications while maintaining the standing and positive regard for the IBS among members and the general public
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Chairs and nominates appointees to the Public Affairs and Communication Standing Committee;
    2. Chairs and nominates appointments to the Standing Committee For Publications;
    3. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the Society;
    4. Nominates individuals to serve on the Boards of other scholarly societies when such opportunities arise;
    5. Chairs the Advertising and Outreach Ad Hoc Committee;
    6. Maintains the biogeography.org website and other web-based communication tools;
    7. Oversees editors and content of Frontiers in Biogeography;
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Maintain positive image of the IBS;
    2. Maintain high quality publications and communications;
    3. Work closely with the Vice President of Development and Awards to create grant proposals
  • Commitment:  Minimum 2 Years (with optional extension)
  • Objective: Represents the Student members of the IBS in decision-making by the IBS Board
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Chairs the Student Travel Award Ad Hoc Committee under the supervision of the Vice President for Development
    2. Chairs the Early Career Biogeographers Committee under the supervision of the Vice President for Conferences and in that role organizes the poster competition and Student Discussion Groups;
    3. Serves as a member of the Advertising and Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chaired by the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication;
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Represents Graduate Student Members in all decision-making;
    2. Works closely with the Vice President of Development to increase Graduate Student Membership in IBS;
    3. Works closely with the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication to promote IBS activities
  • Commitment:  2 Year Fixed term
  • Objective: Represents the membership in decision-making by the IBS Board
  • List Of Duties:
    1. Attend telephonic and face-to-face meetings of the Board;
    2. Maintain awareness of issues of concern to members;
    3. Serve as members of the Nominations and Elections Special Committee;
    4. Oversee the activities of, and approve nominees to, the standing committees of the Society;
  • Key Functional And Relational Responsibilities:
    1. Advocate on behalf of the membership;
    2. Gather information on members with the assistance of the Vice President for Development and Awards;
    3. Encourage and support regional coordinators to further the globalization of the IBS
  • Commitment:  Fixed 4 Year term

Interested in being considered by the Elections Committee?  Send us an expression of interest at any time using the contact form.