Nominations for a position on the GISCO Board of Directors will be accepted
through November 21, 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions
As a Board member, you would give your time and talent to GISCO because you’d want to help us make a positive difference in the GIS community in Colorado. People usually join our Board because they personally believe in and feel committed to our Strategic Planning Goals to Educate, Communicate, Engage and Inspire. In addition, serving on the Board offers the opportunity to meet interesting people and connect with your GIS peers, work as part of a dedicated team, and gain significant leadership experience. Being on the GISCO Board is also worth 4 GISP points per year of office.
Anyone running for the GISCO Board must be a current GISCO member in good standing, and reside in the state of Colorado. All Board members need to have 1-2 hours each week, on average, to work on assigned Board activities. These activities are mutually agreed upon between you and Board leadership. Board members should be good team players, conscientious and reliable, and excellent communicators. Specific skills (e.g., legal or financial knowledge) are also very helpful to the Board, and we value the diversity and specialized skills of each of our Board members. You do not need to have advanced levels of education to be an effective Board member – dedication, energy, and the willingness to donate your time are much more important.
If you are interested in nominating yourself (and are a GISCO member in good standing and reside in the State of Colorado), please fill out the online nomination form. Please provide a brief bio and describe the qualifications that will enable you to contribute in a meaningful way to overseeing and guiding the activities of GIS Colorado. Please limit your responses to a few paragraphs. Nominations will be accepted starting October 20, 2022 and are due by the end of the day on Monday, November 14, 2022. All information provided will be made available to the voting members of GIS Colorado so they can make an informed decision when they cast their vote. Current Board members whose term is ending can nominate themselves for the position they will be vacating and will be voted on along with new nominations.
The term is three years, beginning on January 2.
There are nine members of the GIS Colorado Board. Each member serves a three year term. The terms are set up so that every year, three Board members will be ending their three year term. This means that every fall there is an election for three positions on the Board. There are four officers: President/Chair, Vice-President/Co-Chair, Secretary; Treasurer. You can see our current officers and Board members on our website.
Board members should ideally have completed the first year of their first term before being nominated to an officer role. Officers will be elected as dictated by the bylaws, during the March monthly Board meeting.
Briefly, the President/Chair presides at all Board meetings, has general supervision, direction, and control of day-to-day business and affairs of the organization, and votes only in the event of a tie by the Board. The Vice-President/Co-Chair, in the absence or disability of the President, performs all the duties of the President. The Secretary keeps the organization’s official and administrative record (physical and virtual), following documented protocols of information distribution. The Treasurer accounts for all funds of the organization and provides reports according to documented procedure.
The Board meets monthly for 1-hour virtual meetings.
Yes. They may self nominate at the end of their term or during any nomination period.
Depending on your committee assignments and other roles, you should expect to contribute 5-15 hours per month. This includes attendance at virtual, 1-hour monthly Board meetings (you’ll be expected to attend at least 75% of the monthly Board meetings).
Attend and contribute to virtual, 1-hour monthly Board meetings to help direct GISCO activities to align with our Mission and Strategic Planning Goals; attend and help facilitate quarterly meetups around the state; assist in planning at least one quarterly meetup a year; potentially serve on a committee (e.g. Scholarship Committee, Outreach Committee, Communications Committee); find ways to contribute your specialized skillset to the organization.
GISCO recognizes that working committees are essential and vital to accomplish the mission and goals of the organization. The Board of Directors shall establish standing and ad-hoc committees to manage the organization and achieve the goals and objectives set by the organization. Chairpersons of committees must be voting members of GIS Colorado. Responsibilities of the Committee Chair, or designee, include attending committee meetings (attendance may be virtual) and providing committee updates to the Board prior to the Board meeting for inclusion in the agenda and minutes.
Yes! Strategic planning is an activity used to set priorities and focus energy and resources for an organization. The effort produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful. The result of the effort is a strategic plan used to communicate the organization’s goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning exercise. The GIS Colorado Board developed a strategic plan in 2021 to document the vision, mission, and goals of the organization. The Plan also includes key objectives to accomplish the goals. Each year the GIS Colorado Board reviews the Plan and develops concrete actions that moves GIS Colorado toward our goals and objectives. You can view the GISCO Strategic Plan on our website.