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Call for Board Nominations

AUGS’ governance structure and process is designed to serve members and the field efficiently and effectively, as well as to meet the current and future needs of the society and the membership. The AUGS Board of Directors is the chief governing and policy-making body of AUGS made up of AUGS member urogynecologists. The Board is empowered to carry out the business of the Society and is responsible for fiduciary oversight. It is responsible for overseeing and transacting the business necessary to achieve AUGS’ goals and to fulfill its mission. Board terms begin at the end of the annual meeting. The Board meets in person four times per year.
 

Call for Nominations Process

The call for nominations starts the process of choosing the officers and directors of the AUGS Board. The Governance Committee oversees this process each year.  A formal process is utilized each year and includes the following process:

  • The Board considers the characteristics and traits it is seeking for new Board candidates.
  • The Governance Committee, working with staff, updates the Call for Board Nominations to ensure it aligns with the needs of the Board.
  • AUGS members are notified of the open positions and are encouraged to self-nominate, if eligible, or recommend qualified members for consideration.
  • Interested applicants are required to fill out the nominations application, provide a CV and complete a conflict of interest form.
  • The Governance Committee meets to finalize the slate of candidates based on the criteria established by the Board at the start of the process.  
  • AUGS members will be presented with the slate for an electronic vote. Elections will remain open for 3 weeks.


2019 Call for Nominations

AUGS is currently seeking nominations for Vice President, Foundation Vice Chair and two Board Members. Nominations will be solicited via the AUGS Connect platform only. Completed nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2019.
 

Vice President – serves a four-year term on the Board. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Basic leadership skills (not an ability to manage, but to lead).
  • An interest in building strong working relationships with the Board members, AUGS staff and external partners.
  • Dedication to building a stronger organization for the future.
     

Foundation Vice Chair - serves a four-year term on the Board. The ideal candidate will be:

  • Passionate about the mission of the Foundation
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Well-connected among the membership and/or industry
  • Experienced in fundraising (either personal or professional)
  • Committed to increasing research funding for the field
     

Board Member (2 positions) – serves a three-year term on the Board. The ideal candidate will have the:

  • Ability to think strategically and to guide AUGS into the future.
  • Interest in building strong working relations internally and externally.
  • Understanding and awareness of professional and business issues pertinent to AUGS’ members.
  • Dedication to putting the needs of AUGS before personal interests.
     

For a nomination to be considered by the Governance Committee, the nominee should have prior involvement or service with AUGS. The nominee should have demonstrated the ability to think strategically, commit to working effectively within a collective decision-making body and have knowledge of or experience with association governance. The Governance Committee will consider nominations in the context of the following:

  1. Demonstrated leadership skills (not an ability to manage, but to lead).
  2. Capacity for forward thinking; nimble and adaptive.
  3. Ability to build strong working relations internally and externally.
  4. Understanding and awareness of professional and business issues pertinent to AUGS’ members.
  5. Positive attitude (Optimistic, fun, respectful, tolerant, inclusive)

Nominees will be asked to demonstrate consistent commitment to AUGS by providing specific information confirming their service in their personal statement. The ideal nominee will have:

  1. Been an AUGS member in good standing for a minimum of three years;
  2. Attended AUGS meetings;
  3. Vice President candidates must have previously served as a Committee Chair, Treasurer, or past or current Board member. 

To ensure that the Board’s composition is balanced and strengthened by differences among members regarding race, gender, age, professional and institutional disciplines, geographical regions and practice areas, the Governance Committee encourages nominations that will provide diversity on the Board.
 

Board Governance and Responsibility

The AUGS Board:

  • Applies business judgment in the best interests of the society on behalf of its members;
  • Has responsibility for governance, control and oversight, as well as participation in the preparation and approval of the strategic plan;
  • May exercise its authority directly or through committees; and
  • Provides direction, advice and counsel to the CEO.

The business of AUGS is conducted through four, face-to-face board meetings a year. Board members are assigned to serve as liaisons to one or more of AUGS’ strategic priorities and/or committees.

The President’s time commitment is significant. Given the demands of Board service, nominees in each position will be asked to provide a brief description of how they will allocate the necessary time for Board service considering his or her current work demands. To view the job descriptions for the Vice President, and Member-at-Large, go to: Job Description.

Guiding principles for service on the AUGS Board of Directors have also been implemented to avoid conflicts of interest. Nominees will be asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest for review by the Governance Committee following submission of their nomination. The Governance Committee will review nominations for the following conflicts of interest:

  • Nominees who are or will be serving as a board member on a related, professional medical society (AAGL, ACOG, AUA, FIGO, ICS, IUGA, SGS, SUFU) are not eligible for simultaneous AUGS Board service.
  • Nominees for Vice President may not have conflicts with companies during his/her term of service. Financial relationships from entities whose sole purpose is medical education (e.g. book and journal publishers, UptoDate, ACGME approved CME, etc) is allowed but must be disclosed and if the relationship could reasonably be seen to overlap with the interests, missions, and values of AUGS may require management. Research support is not considered a conflict of interest.

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