Call for ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Board Nominations

Individuals are invited to apply to be considered for election to the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Board of Directors for terms beginning June 1, 2019. 

Available positions:   

  • Director: four positions are open

Completed application packages should be sent via email as a single PDF file to [email protected]. Completed application packages are due April 3, 2019. 

Application documents  

Foundation Board Member Responsibilities  

The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to supporting the personal and professional development of nutrition researchers throughout their careers. Our research grant program is the centerpiece of our efforts toward this mission.

The Foundation envisions an environment that develops and sustains a vital community of committed nutrition researchers. 

To support the personal and professional development of nutrition researchers throughout their careers.

The Foundation’s core values are nurture, integrity, inquiry, quality and inclusiveness. All Board members are expected to embrace these values and adhere to the three legal Board duties:

  • Duty of Care: Foundation decisions are not made lightly, but with the same level of judgment as any other competent person would in a similar situation.
  • Duty of Loyalty: Board members always act in the best interests of the Foundation. Board members must put the interests of the Foundation above their own interests or the interests of another individual or organization.
  • Duty of Compliance: Board decisions must be consistent with the organizational purpose (as described in our mission statement, strategic plan, bylaws and articles of incorporation).

The Board of Directors supports the work of the Foundation and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. The Board establishes the strategy and policies for Foundation and secures the financial resources necessary to advance its mission. 

Specific Board Member Responsibilities Include:  

  • Be informed about the Foundation’s mission, strategic plan, policies and programs, and about the needs of our stakeholders.
  • Prepare for and attend meetings, show commitment to Board activities and participate actively in Board work.
  • Give a meaningful personal donation annually and contribute to additional campaigns.
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to obtain funding sources for the Foundation.
  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit the Foundation’s fundraising and reputational standing.
  • Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the Foundation.
  • Engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the Foundation to advance its mission.
  • Represent the Foundation to the external community, acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Participate in events and programs related to the Foundation’s work and mission.
  • Assist the Board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, approving the Foundation’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions.
  • Foster a strong, synergistic relationship between the Foundation and ASPEN
  • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies, and avoid acting on Foundation matters solely in the interest of any employer or interest groups.
  • Uphold exemplary standards of conduct and performance in fulfilling your role as a Board member.

 Board Terms and Commitments:

  • Board terms are two years and Board members may be re-appointed.
  • The Board typically meets every other month via conference call, and face-to-face at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference. Other meetings may be scheduled as determined by the Board of Directors.
  • Board members may be asked to serve on a Foundation committee, such as the Development or Grant Review Committee.

Board Member Competencies: 

The Foundation strives to bring together diverse individuals to serve on the Board such that as a group, the following competencies are represented:

  • Nutrition Research
  • Financial acumen
  • Grant giving
  • Fundraising
  • Mentoring