The Institute welcomes the nomination (including self-nomination) of prospective Board Members who are committed to the mission of the NG9-1-1 Institute and are prepared to dedicate themselves in the service of our organization.  We invite persons who are members of the Institute and represent one of the positions to consider running for a Board position.  If you are interested in nominating someone or yourself, please fill out and return the Nomination Form as instructed below.

There is no limit to the number of nominations you can submit.  You do not need to be a member of the Institute to submit a nomination, but you must be a current member of the Institute to be a nominee, vote in the election, and serve on the Board.

To become an Institute member, or re-activate your membership, go to:   http://www.ng911institute.org/about-us/join-the-ng9-1-1-institute

Please remember you MUST register at this site each year OR have voted in the immediate past election to be considered an active member of the Institute, and therefore eligible to vote and/or serve on the Board.

The following six (6) seats are open to serve for 2017-2019:
  • 2 (two) Members-at-Large (Public Safety)
  • 2 (two) Vendors (Public Safety)
  • 1 (one)Consumer Telco (Small Provider)
  • 1 (one) Member-at-Large

.Election Process

To nominate yourself or be nominated for a Board seat, two SEPARATE forms, provided below, must  be completed (per the instructions on each form) and BOTH be returned by the deadline for all candidates.  Please click the following link to access each form):

1)  Nomination Form  (either third-party or self-nomination); and
2)  Affidavit of Candidacy  (to be filled out by nominees)

These completed and signed forms must be received by the Institute no later than 11:59 PM U.S., Eastern Daylight Savings (EDS) time on the date listed below.  Completed forms must be emailed to: contactus@ng911institute.org.  No mail, hand delivery, fax, or other methods of nomination forms will be accepted.  All nominations will be verified for eligibility by the NG9-1-1 Institute Election Committee.

After the nomination period has closed, an email with a link to the Institute ballot of all qualified candidates will be emailed to current Institute members, and voting will begin.  Once voting is closed, the election results will be published, and newly elected Board Members will begin their service at the next Board of Directors meeting per the schedule below.  If you have any questions regarding the Board of Directors nomination process, please contact us at: contactus@ng911institute.org.

Schedule / Deadlines (all 2017):

  • Aug 30:  Call for nominations
  • Sept 13:  Call for nominations closes – All Nomination Forms MUST be received no later than 11:59 EDT on this date
  • Sept 20 - Oct 4:  Voting Period
  • Oct 11:  Votes validated and notification of newly elected Board Members. Public noticed of election results
  • Oct 18:  New Board Members seated

.Background

The Board is comprised of fifteen (15) members.  Four (4) permanent seats are held by representatives of: the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO); the National Emergency Number Association (NENA); the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA); and the Executive Director of the Institute.  The other eleven (11) members are divided between two (2) annual election cycles, serve two (2) year terms each, and are elected from various constituencies as listed in the Bylaws of the Institute. 

As noted above, to be a candidate for a Board seat and/or to continue serving in a seat to which you have been elected, you must be / remain qualified by employment, or otherwise, for the particular constituency / industry segment you represent.  Should you, for any reason, no longer qualify for your Board seat, the Bylaws provide that your candidacy / Board seat is immediately terminated.   

.What You Need to Know About Serving on the NG9-1-1 Institute Board of Directors

Achieving our mission requires leadership from our volunteer Board and committees.  Building a strong Board requires that prospective Board members know the opportunities and expectations that come with service on this Board.

Our Mission
The mission of the Institute is to assist the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus by serving as a broad educational resource on issues important to the effective operation and advancement of NG9-1-1 services and systems. The overarching objective of the NG9-1-1 Institute is to advance the rapid implementation of NG9-1-1 in order to promote more effective emergency response, improve public safety, and advance national security interests. To this end, the Institute seeks to educate Congressional Members and staff on issues that may impact timely and effective NG9-1-1 implementation.  Our organization serves as a forum for policy discussions on critical 9-1-1 issues and also provides information and administrative support to Members of the Congressional NextGen 911 Caucus as they pursue their mission of improving and strengthening NG9-1-1 and emergency communications.

Opportunities
Board Members will have opportunities to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE and:

1) contribute on a national board to exercise governance, abide by fiduciary functions, and be active in carrying out the mission of the Institute;

2) become more fully informed on the various activities of the Institute, the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus, other related and cooperating Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), and the partners of the organization;

3) promote the NG9-1-1 Institute and the advancement of emergency services nationwide;

4) support an organization that works to educate the public and Congress on the issues facing emergency communications;

5) assist the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus in their mission of advancing 9-1-1 services nationwide; and

6) recognize individuals for their heroism and leadership in the public safety field.

Expectations
It is expected that Board Members will:

1) Prepare for, attend (in person or remotely), and contribute to the monthly Board meetings (scheduled 60-minutes).

a. Board members are expected to try to attend one (1) scheduled in-person meeting (usually held in coordination with a national 9-1-1 related conferences such as NENA or APCO).

2) A telephone conference bridge will be established for all Board meetings.

3) Board members who miss three consecutive Board meetings are subject to removal from the Board.

4) Board members who cease to be qualified for their Board seat (e.g., no longer employed, etc.) are removed from the Board by action of the Bylaws.

5) Much of the work of the Board is done by Committees comprised of a sub-set of Board Members.

a. Each Committee has a Chairperson who leads the Committee to its appointed duties or tasks.

b. Board Members are expected to serve on one or more Committees and to actively support the Committee’s agenda.

6) Upon appointment, a Board Member must sign a Board of Directors Conflict of Interest Policy concerning the fulfillment of the duties as a member of the Board, and otherwise fully comply with all Institute Bylaws, policies (including our Antitrust policy), and rules.

Terms of Office / Re-Election
The term for a member of the board is two (2) years.  Assuming continued or re-qualification for an industry segment, there is no Board re-election limit; however, you may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in any Officer position (ex., Chairman).

Voting Process / Limitation of Multiple Candidates from One Company or Organization
All qualified candidates (who accept nomination or self-nominate) will be presented to the NG9-1-1 membership for election via the ballot.

1) Each NG9-1-1 Institute member (Voter) may cast one (1) vote for (assuming a candidate is on the ballot):

a. the candidate representing the same category the Voter belongs to (as noted by the Voter on his/her ballot);

b. subject to a limitation that –

i. if there are multiple candidates for the same Board position and from the same company / organization that the Voter is with,

ii. all votes from Voters of that company / organization will be counted, and

iii. the single candidate with the greatest number of votes cast from Voters within each company / organization will be the sole candidate for the ballot position; and

iv. for the single candidate only one (1) total vote will be counted for each company / organization represented; and

c. one (1) vote for each Member at Large candidate.

d. If no candidate is on the ballot in the same category as the Voter, then the Voter can only vote for the Member at Large candidate(s).

.Frequently Asked Questions

Q – I am not a current member of the NG9-1-1 Institute but wish to run for a Board Position, can I?
A – No.  You must be a member of the NG9-1-1 Institute prior to the time that nominations deadline.  Becoming a member is easy and membership is free. 

Q – Can I nominate myself to run for a Board Position?
A – Yes, anyone can make a nomination and you can nominate yourself.  You simply need to be a NG9-1-1 member, qualified for and nominated in a category that you qualify for, accurately complete the appropriate forms, and file them by the required deadline.

Q – Can I run for any Board Position?
A – No.  You can only run for a spot that you qualify for and that is accepting nominations this election cycle.  For example, if you work for a vendor- public safety, you could only be nominated in the categories of “Vendor – Public Safety” or “Member at Large”, but not both.

Q – How many Board Positions can I vote for?
A – Each NG9-1-1 member may vote for the candidates running in the category he/she also belongs to based upon the member’s registration with the Institute.  A member may also vote for each vacant “Member at Large” position. 

Q – How does the NG9-1-1 Institute determine the category I may vote for and the company I am affiliated with?
A – All information is from your membership registration.  All cast votes are verified with the current membership roster.  When voting, NG9-1-1 Institute members must declare a “category” and provide occupation information.

Q – What happens if there are candidate qualification questions, in the event of a tie, or any other election question?
A – The Board of Directors is empowered in the Bylaws to resolve all ties and/or other qualification / election questions, and the decisions of the Board are final and non-appealable.   

Q – Are the Board Members paid for service, travel, or expenses?
A – No.  This is a voluntary position and Board Members are not compensated for general board work, travel, or incidental expenses.  However, upon pre-approval by the Board or the Executive Director, and if the action is related to a Board duty, a Board Member may be reimbursed for an expense or limited travel.  This compensation is also subject to notice and rules of the Board member’s employer, and the Board member would be responsible for all applicable taxes, and to notify his/her employer of the compensation.