Call for Nominations: 2016-2018 IxDA Board of Directors

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is accepting nominations to the 2016-2018 IxDA Board of Directors.

As a volunteer-led and supported organization with no paid membership and largely virtual operations, IxDA relies on leadership emerging directly from the global community. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate individuals, ready to shape and guide the organization in furthering IxDA’s goals and mission. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at 11:59 pm EST.

About IxDA
Chartered as a not-for-profit entity in the United States, the Interaction Design Association is a global community focused on discussing and advancing the discipline of interaction design. The community of interest is growing at an amazing pace. This growth reflects the increasing importance of and attention given to interaction design worldwide. In its twelve year history, IxDA has grown to 80,000+ members and more than 170 IxDA local groups worldwide.

The organizational mission the IxDA Board supports:

We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design. To do this, we foster a community of people that choose to come together to support this intention. IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as the primary means for us to achieve our goals.

About the IxDA Board of Directors
The IxDA Board of Directors is a six-person volunteer Board comprising IxDA members who serve as leaders for IxDA globally. There is an amazing community of interest to tap into, and so much more we could be doing. We need your leadership and vision to keep the spirit of the organization alive and and support its ability to provide platforms for the community to gather on and advance the discipline of interaction design together.

Current members of the IxDA Board include Nick Gould (President and Treasurer), Matt Nish-Lapidus (Vice President), Erik Dahl (Secretary and Local Groups), Danielle Malik (Events), Boon Chew (Communications) and Alok Nandi (Education).

The positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary have defined responsibilities according to IxDA’s official incorporation as a not-for-profit entity. Officers are elected by vote of the Board – incoming and outgoing.

Directors not holding officer roles are responsible for one or more major IxDA initiatives, such as platforms and technical infrastructure, events and programming initiatives, and global coordination of regional and local leaders.

Open positions
There are two eligible Board positions open for the upcoming term. Nick Gould will complete his term and retire from the Board effective March 4, 2016.Matt Nish-Lapidus will complete his term and retire from the Board effective March 4, 2016.

Boon Chew and Alok Nandi have an additional year to serve in their current appointments. Erik Dahl and Danielle Malik have each agreed to serve a second term.

Each new Director’s term is two and a half years with the opportunity to take on a second consecutive term. New Directors selected to join the IxDA Board will serve a term from October 2015 through February 2018, including an orientation with current Directors, as Directors Elect, through March 2016.

Roles and responsibilities

The Director role requires the following commitment:

  • Average of 5 hours/week attending to IxDA business
  • Participation in a monthly Board meeting by teleconference
  • Active participation in supporting and achieving IxDA’s strategic objectives
  • Accountable for leading at least one major initiative
  • Attend the Board of Director’s annual mid-year retreat (travel & accommodation
  • Attend the Board of Director’s annual retreat at the Interaction
    conference (registration, travel & accommodation covered)

Key Dates

Aug 10: Call for nominations open
Sep 7: Nominations close
w/o Sep 7: Shortlisting candidates
w/o Sep 14: Candidate interviews
Sep 30: New directors notified

Feb 27-28: Annual Board retreat prior to Interaction16
Mar 4: New Board presented during Interaction16

Decision Process
At the close of the nomination period, the current Board will review all nominations and vote to fill the open positions. New Board members will be notified by Wednesday, September 30. A public announcement will be made at that time and the new Board in its entirety will be presented to the IxDA community during Interaction16.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, September 7, at 11:59 pm EST. You may nominate yourself or someone else:

Kind regards,
Nick Gould,
IxDA President