Call for 2023 board of directors nominations

The KAFP and its Leadership Development Committee seek nominations for six at-large director positions, a resident director, student director and four delegates for appointment for the 2023 governance year. As this is a transition from our previous governance structure to the new structure as outlined in the recently adopted revised bylaws, we have several board seats open. You will want to review the positions, criteria, timeline and nomination process below.

The individuals who currently hold these positions are eligible for re-election. The Leadership Development Committee encourages all active members who meet the requirements of the open board seats to submit your nominations. If you are interested in serving in one of the positions or would like additional information, please contact Tarah Remington Brown at tremingtonbrown@kafponline.org by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.

Board positions and terms

As outlined in the Academy’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors will actively identify specific constituencies needed in leadership to accomplish the goals of the plan. As such, we have three of our six at-large director seats with specific emphasis. We’ve also added a resident director seat and student director seat. These positions will chair a advisory group focused on KAFP’s efforts to better engage residents and students in membership, programming and future leadership. Terms will either be one year or two years. The term year is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

  • At-large Director representing academics (two-year term)
  • At-large Director representing NCCL constituencies (two-year term)
  • At-large Director representing new physicians(two-year term)
  • At-Large Director (one-year term)
  • At-Large Director (one-year term)
  • At-Large Director (one-year term)
  • Resident Director (one-year term)
  • Student Director (one-year term)

While the six at-large director positions are open, three seats will directly represent specific special constituency advisory groups as identified by the Leadership Development Committee as voices needed on the KAFP board of directors.

For 2023 election this consists of:

  • Academic Advisory Group: the director can be employed in academics, be a volunteer preceptor, or have a strong affinity to academics.
  • NCCL Advisory Group: this director may identify with one of the AAFP NCCL constituencies or be an ally of one or more NCCL constituency.
  • New Physicians Advisory Group: this director must be a new physician, as defined by AAFP (currently one to seven years post-residency.)

Each of these three directors will chair a corresponding Advisory Group consisting of members directly impacted by their role.

While not assigned a committee to serve, the three additional at-large directors are required to serve on at least one KAFP committee.

The Resident Director and Student Director will chair the Resident and Student Advisory Group.

Read more about KAFP volunteer opportunities here.

Leadership Criteria

With any position that serves on the board, prior leadership experience is essential to success, but we won’t dictate to you what sources that experience should derive from. As part of the application process, nominees will provide information about their leadership experiences as well as share their passion for leading the KAFP. The Leadership Development Committee will also give you a call for an interview. We don’t want to hinder anyone’s interest in leadership service with a long list of arbitrary criteria that is daunting.

The six at-large director positions must be filled by an active KAFP member in good standing. The resident director position must be filled by a first- or second-year resident participating in a Kansas residency program and be a resident member of KAFP in good standing. The student director position must be filled by a first, second- or third-year medical student attending a medical school in Kansas and be a student member of the KAFP.

While our four delegate positions are appointed by the board of directors, we would like to hear from any members interested in these positions. Criteria for KAFP delegates are:

  • Active member of KAFP in good standing
  • Two years on the board of directors preferred
  • Prior NCCL, National Conference, prior COD participation, AAFP commission appointment and/or other chapter leadership strongly recommended

What makes a great board member?

Best practices define characteristics of great non-profit board leaders as follows:

Exhibit excellent character qualities

  • Honest, fair, respectful and ethical

Have a strong commitment to the KAFP

  • Passionate about family medicine in Kansas
  • Thoughtful about advancing the mission of KAFP
  • Willingness to advocate on behalf of our colleagues, patients and communities

Innovative and forward-thinking

  • Committed to serving the KAFP to move our strategic plan forward

Willing to make regular contributions to the KAFP Foundation

  • Willingness to donate time, resources and opportunities to meet the goals of the Foundation and support its mission

Enhancing and nurturing relationships

  • Engaging with members; really listen to their needs
  • Willingly speak to the merits of KAFP to non-members
  • Introducing KAFP staff to potential sponsors and partners

Take their fiduciary duties of board leadership seriously

Learn more about these best practices here.

Timeline

We are seeking nominations from all eligible members. The following will provide due dates and deadlines related to nominations and elections.

  • Week of Nov. 14 – Call for Nominations
  • Nov. 30 – Nominations due
  • Friday, Dec. 2 – Leadership Development Committee meets to review nominations
  • Week of Dec. 12 – Leadership Development Committee conducts interviews
  • Week of Dec. 12 – Leadership Development Committee announces slate of candidates
  • Week of Dec. 19 – Elections open
  • Week of Dec. 26 – Elections close
  • Week of Jan. 2 – New board of directors announced
  • Jan. 25 – New board inducted during Advocacy Day 2023

Nomination Process – DUE Wednesday, Nov. 30

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