Call for Nominations – SOA Board of Directors Election
The Society of Actuaries’ (SOA’s) Nominating Committee seeks nominations for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors and president-elect.
There are many benefits in being part in this process including:
- A significant role in advancing your profession
- An opportunity to enhance the value of the SOA’s credentials (your credentials) to the global business community
- Access updated information about the opportunities and challenges facing your profession
- The chance to exchange ideas with other actuarial and volunteer leaders and share your unique perspective
Learn more at-a-glance about the SOA’s nomination, petition and election processes.
What positions are open?
Am I qualified?
You are eligible if you are a Fellow of the SOA (FSA) and you are compliant with the SOA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. You can find the detailed criteria in the president-elect and elected Board members pages.
What attributes is the Nominating Committee looking for?
The Nominating Committee is looking for diverse perspectives, areas of practices, industries, cultures and backgrounds. The most important characteristic is a nominee’s willingness to engage constructively in the strategic direction of the SOA.
What is the time commitment? Will I be able to work full-time and fulfill the duties of president-elect or Board member?
The SOA has restructured the time commitment and responsibilities for the president-elect and the Board member positions. The new structure distributes some of the commitments that were traditionally allocated for the president-elect among the Board of directors.
Elected Board members attend three SOA Board meetings a year (March, June and October) and a leadership orientation meeting in November. These meetings will each be a day and a half and preparing for the meetings might take an additional half day. Typically, there are also conference calls between the SOA Board meetings. Those calls are scheduled at the discretion of the Board. Each elected Board member could have additional assignments that could average one to two hours per week. Most, if not all, of the SOA Board members are employed full-time.
The president-elect has some additional commitments to those noted for elected Board members, but most of our members who have served as SOA president-elect have been employed full-time. For more information on typical leadership time commitments, visit the Officer Commitment page.
Is SOA volunteer experience a prerequisite to serve as president-elect or on the Board?
While prior experience is not a prerequisite, there is a certain amount of knowledge that comes from having served on SOA committees, section councils or the SOA Board. However, it is important to note that prior volunteer experience is not the only factor that determines a place on the ballot.
What if I’m nominated but not elected?
There is a limited number of seats available and a large pool of highly talented nominees, so not everyone will be elected. Many nominees are successful on their second or third attempt. There are also many volunteer opportunities within the SOA that will help you develop your leadership skills and make an impact on the profession. You can check out volunteer opportunities that fit your experience and interests on our SOA volunteer page.
You can direct any questions regarding the nominating process to Sheree Baker, SOA director of governance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-847-706-3565.