I’m pleased to announce that nominations for ORCID’s Board of Directors are now open. As a community-built organization, ORCID is governed by a Board that is representative of its membership and wider community stakeholders. The ORCID Board fulfills an important role in the organization’s governance by providing strategic guidance and oversight for the successful achievement of ORCID’s mission. Our Board members are elected for three-year terms on a staggered schedule, so every year, we hold elections to appoint new members to the Board. More information is available in the ORCID Board Charter.
This is your opportunity to participate in ORCID’s governance and we are asking for your help.
Nominating Committee & Elections Process
The ORCID Board nominations process gives ORCID members a direct voice in the organization’s direction and priorities. Our annual elections are an important part of ORCID’s commitment to open and transparent stakeholder governance, and the election process ensures that ORCID grows and develops in close partnership with its members.
All ORCID member organizations are eligible to nominate a Member Representative Director to stand for election to the Board. In addition, two Researcher Director seats are reserved for practicing scholars, irrespective of their affiliation. This year, we are looking to fill up to six board seats, all of which must be affiliated with an ORCID member organization.
As this year’s Chair of the Nominating Committee, I look forward to working closely with the other Committee members on this process:
- Amal Amin Ibrahim, National Research Center, Egypt (Board Member)
- Calvin Johnson, NIH, USA (Board Member)
- Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary, Canada (Board Member)
- Jesse Xiao, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Board Member)
- Matt Dailey, Australian Research Data Commons, Australia (External Member)
- Andrés Pavas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia (External Member).
The role of the Nominating Committee is to:
- select a ‘slate’ of candidates that is balanced and diverse
- ensure that all of the skills needed to govern the organization are present among Board members
- ensure that the many different sectors and regions that make up ORCID’s community are represented
- Ensure the ORCID bylaw requirements are met in that a majority of Board seats are occupied by not-for-profit organizations.
Annual reports and other governance information is available on our Governance web page.
Qualifications and expectations
Supported by the Executive Director and a full-time professional staff, the ORCID Board is responsible for:
- Developing and regularly updating ORCID’s strategic plan
- Reviewing high-level organizational goals and policies to support that plan
- Overseeing ORCID’s organizational and financial performance
- Ensuring ORCID has financial resources to achieve its mission
- Monitoring Board function
- Appointing the Executive Director and reviewing their performance
- Serving as a community advocate for ORCID
If elected, new Board members will serve for a period of three years, starting 1 January 2024. Board Directors expected to attend all board meetings—currently there are four meetings a year, two virtual, and two in person—and to play an active role in ORCID activities during the course of their term. Additionally, Directors are expected to serve on 1-2 Board committees each year. More information about the committees can be found in their respective charters, all of which are linked on our governance page.
To help achieve our goal of broad representation across sectors and regions, a Board Meeting Attendance Fund is available to reduce financial barriers to participation in Board meetings. Note that ORCID Board members serve as uncompensated volunteers, and Board meetings are conducted in English.
2024 Selection Criteria
Each year, our Board establishes criteria for the selection of new Board members in order to maintain the balance of skills necessary to govern the organization, and to ensure diverse representation from ORCID’s stakeholder communities. This year, in seeking perspectives and skills complementary to those of continuing Board members, the Nominating Committee will be specifically looking for candidates who meet one or more of the following:
- Are based in the following regions: Latin America, Asia-Pacific, or the European Union
- Can advocate on behalf of ORCID in their region
- Are skilled in the areas of finance, technology, marketing, and/or communications
- Have experience in organizational governance
How to Apply
Please nominate yourself, encourage a colleague to apply, or nominate another individual (with their permission), using our nomination form:
ORCID 2024 Board Nominations
As a reminder, to be eligible to serve as a Member Representative Director, you must be an employee, officer or director of a current ORCID member organization. You can find the full list of ORCID member organizations here.
As an organization, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We strive to have a Board that reflects our diverse community and we encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply to serve on the Board.
We will consider all nominations received by 21 July 2023. The slate will be presented to the current Board for approval at their October meeting, after which it will be announced publicly. Our voting members then have the choice of either voting for the slate or proposing additional candidates (within 30 days of the slate being announced), in which case the election will become a plurality vote by candidate. To propose additional candidates, a group of 20 or more member organizations must submit a nomination in writing to ORCID before 17 November 2023. Note that the group may not include more than one member per consortium (for specific details, see Article III, Section 2b of ORCID’s Bylaws). We will send notifications and open the election by electronic ballot on 20 November 2023.
ORCID Board 2023 Election Key Dates
|31 May||Call for Board nominations|
|21 July||Closing date for Board nominations|
|12-13 October||Nominating Committee presents slate for Board approval|
|18 October||Slate made public|
|17 November||Closing date for alternative nominations|
|20 November||Voting opens|
|11 December||Voting closes, results announced at virtual members’ meeting|
|1 January 2024||Elected members start their term|
|February 2024||Board Meeting (Date TBC)|
We look forward to receiving your nominations over the coming months.
If you are thinking about nominating yourself but aren’t sure or have questions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, the deadline for nominations is 21 July 2023.