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Board Member Roles

Article IV of the NIA Constitution reads: “The Board and President will yearly elect a Treasurer and Secretary from the board and any other officers the Board or President sees fit.”


Provides strategic steering for the NIA as a whole. Responsible for all "outward facing" NIA tasks, including representing NOLS employees at Board of Trustees Meetings and meeting with NOLS' President.   

Vice President 

Provides strategic steering for the NIA when the President is in the field. Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day "inward facing" tasks that are necessary for the NIA to function as a dues paying membership organization. Facilitates quarterly Board conference calls.


Maintains bank accounts, PayPal account, and Wild Apricot account. Provides reports to the board on an annual basis, a version of which is then posted on the website. Files taxes. Responsible for maintaining 501(c)(5) status.


Maintains archives of meeting minutes, including from the Annual General Meeting, Campus Meetings, and Board Conference Calls. Maintains NIA documents (e.g. constitution) on website and google drive. Maintains Google Drive. Ensures someone is writing an NIA article for each edition of the Faculty Newsletter. Records Board Member involvement.

Expedition Instructor Membership Coordinator

Curates membership list on website. Organizes membership drives. Works with Treasurer to oversee payment and renewal system to ensure that members stay current and NIA income stays consistent with membership.

Wilderness Medicine Instructor Membership Coordinator

Assists Field Instructor Membership Coordinator in curating website membership lists. Organizes NIA presence at WMI Staff Meeting. Organizes WMI membership drives.

Staff Membership Coordinator

Outreach and recruitment to in-town and HQ employees for membership drives. Works with other membership coordinators to curate membership list and ensure that members remain current.


Create content for the website, recruit others to create content, and mediate website forums. Train Board Members and Branch Reps in use of admin portal on website. Maintain admin statuses and Google Group. Track website usage using Google Analytics. Run annual election using Survey Monkey. Generates content for, and moderates the Facebook group. Vets the people who ask to join the group to make sure they are current or former NOLS/WMI instructors. 

Flamingo Fund Administrator

Proposes Flamingo Fund projects. Chooses viable projects to fund from among those proposed by members. Assists in seeing projects through to their completion.  

Visibility Coordinator 

Creates a NIA "brand" and makes our support amongst employees visible through hats, t-shirts, posters, etc.

Events Coordinator

Coordinate the NIA's presence at the Faculty Summit and State of the School gatherings each year. Recruit Board and Voting Members to participate.

Mentorship Coordinator

Facilitates the NIA Mentorship program.

Directors at Large

Board members who don't volunteer to fill a specific role are considered "at large," but still have important roles to play voting on issues, contributing to the Google Group, Facebook Group, and Website, as well as recruiting new members, contributing at the Summit, etc. 

Minimum Board Member Expectations

  1. Maintain current NIA membership.
  2. Submit photo and three line bio for web page.
  3. Participate in at least one conference call per year. If not able to attend over the phone, actively engage in the discussion by following up on the Google Group.
  4. Weigh in on current issues via the Google Group, which is the Board’s primary form of communication, at least once every three months. 
  5. At least once during your two year term, either attend the Faculty Summit, WMI Staff Meeting, or State of the School; or write an NIA article for the Faculty Newsletter.

Board members who are unable to participate actively in the above mentioned, the Board may discuss their participation and they may be asked to end their term early.

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