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Board of Directors – 2019 Election Information
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2019 Election Information

For this election cycle, the Election Management Task Force will be filling the following three positions beginning July 1, 2020:

  • President-Elect: serves a one-year term that begins on July 1, 2020, moves to president for a one-year term, and serves the final one-year term as immediate past president/chair of the board. The position concludes on June 30, 2023.
  • Director: serves a three-year term, from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023.
  • Treasurer: serves a two-year term, from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022, and is eligible to be re-elected for a second term.
Role of the ARMA International Board of Directors

The primary focus for board members is on the strategic level – a focus on the long-term vision and not on the administrative or programmatic means of attaining any specific goals or objectives. Board members are also responsible for policies and practices that reflect those of the organization, and communicating the ends to be achieved and the means to be avoided. 

The board has a fiduciary obligation to the association members. This is a position of trust, which requires that board members always act in the best interests of the association, the membership, and the profession. A board member commits to conduct himself or herself loyally, impartially, and for the benefit of the association.

Please review the information contained in the ARMA International Board of Directors Position Qualifications and Responsibilities document.

Time Commitment
The board meets in person two times per year, in the spring and fall. The fall board meeting takes place directly before the annual conference in the city that hosts that year’s conference. The board also holds an hour and half monthly conference call, and members are expected to be prepared for each call and familiar with the agenda. Board responsibilities may include working on task forces, taking part in e-mail exchanges and communications, and representing the association at selected events. Officers (all president positions and treasurer) are expected to be on weekly leadership calls. 

Elected candidates for the current open board positions are invited, but not required, to attend the board’s strategic planning spring meeting. Candidates will be made aware of the relevant dates as soon as they are available. 

Members of the board of directors are also expected to contribute on-site at ARMA’s annual conference as deemed necessary.

Conflict of Interest
Per the association’s governance policies, every member of the board of directors is required to sign a conflict of interest statement. Members are required to disclose actual or potential conflicts to the board of directors and may be asked to take certain action because of a conflict.

Expense Coverage
Pre-approved travel, housing, and daily meal allowances are paid or reimbursed for board members traveling on ARMA business.

How to Nominate or Run

The deadline to send in nominations to is November 1, 2019. Nominations should include the necessary phone numbers and e-mail address for the nominee. ARMA International will contact the person directly to confirm interest. Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you would like to self-nominate, you must follow the steps above by November 1, 2019.

A package of materials and answers to the questions (information below) must be submitted via electronic form by November 12, 2019. All materials submitted (other than the employer support letter) will be posted to the ARMA website prior to voting in January. 

Please send all questions to

Submission Requirements

Candidates are required to submit a current resume (a LinkedIn profile is acceptable), a professional head-shot photo (not required, but strongly encouraged), a biography, and a statement as to why you want to serve on the ARMA board, why you meet the listed qualifications, the contributions you can bring to the board, and answers to the position-specific questions found below.

Also required is a letter from your employer (if applicable; not to be published) that indicates support of the time commitment involved in board service.

Before submitting, please review the ARMA International Board of Directors Position Qualifications and Responsibilities document to ensure you meet the qualifications. 

These materials will be made public and may be used by ARMA International should you be elected, including the head-shot photo. 

Position-Specific Questions


  • What would be your strategic vision for the association?
  • In what ways is the association strong in promotion of the industry and in what ways would you improve on this?
  • What ideas do you have for growing membership and retaining members?


  • What motivates you to do well in this position?
  • Describe an occasion in which you led a group through change.
  • What are the top two issues ARMA should focus on in the next 12 months, and why?


  • What motivates you to do well in this position? 
  • What roles have you had (either in business or in a volunteer capacity) that you would characterize as a governance rather than management role?
  • Describe your previous experience with financial analysis and budgeting as they relate to a business or volunteer operation.