IETF LLC Board Director Nominations are open!
September 12, 2018
From: NomCom Chair 2018 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: IETF Announcement List <email@example.com>
Date: September 12, 2018
Subject: IETF LLC Board Director Nominations are open!
LLC Board Director Nominations are open! The Ask! The 2018-19 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is seeking nominations for the IETF LLC Board Director positions (three open slots) from now until October 31, 2018. Background Information: The IETF Administration LLC has been created to house the administration of the IETF. Detailed information about the LLC and the interim LLC board can be found at https://www.ietf.org/llc/ and https://www.ietf.org/about/groups/llc-board/ respectively. Overview of the IETF Administration LLC: The IETF Administration LLC ("IETF LLC") provides a corporate legal framework for facilitating current and future activities related to the Internet Engineering Task Force as well as its sister organizations, the Internet Architecture Board ("IAB") and the Internet Research Task Force ("IRTF"). IETF LLC exists to provide administrative support to these organizations. Its responsibilities are: * Operations. IETF LLC is responsible for supporting the ongoing operations of the IETF, including the development and publication of open Internet standards, holding meetings and non-meeting operations. * Finances. IETF LLC is responsible for managing the IETF's finances and budget. * Fundraising. IETF LLC is responsible for raising money on behalf of the IETF. * Compliance. IETF LLC is responsible for establishing and enforcing policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and rules. Desired Experience: This is the summary of the required expertise for LLC Board Director. IETF Administration LLC Board Director Role Overview of the IETF Administration LLC The IETF Administration LLC ("IETF LLC") provides a corporate legal framework for facilitating current and future activities related to the Internet Engineering Task Force as well as its sister organizations, the Internet Architecture Board ("IAB") and the Internet Research Task Force ("IRTF"). IETF LLC exists to provide administrative support to these organizations. Its responsibilities are: * Operations. IETF LLC is responsible for supporting the ongoing operations of the IETF, including meetings and non-meeting activities. * Finances. IETF LLC is responsible for managing the IETF's finances and budget. * Fundraising. IETF LLC is responsible for raising money on behalf of the IETF. * Compliance. IETF LLC is responsible for establishing and enforcing policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and rules. Relation to the Internet Society IETF LLC is organized as a “disregarded entity” of the Internet Society ("ISOC"), which means it operates as a branch or division of ISOC for tax purposes. ISOC is a US501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 that supports and promotes the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society. Establishment of the IETF LLC IETF LLC will be established in late 2018. It will initially be managed by an interim board of directors until the first full board of directors is seated in late 2018 or early 2019, which depends upon NomCom appointments. IETF LLC Board Overview Candidates are sought for the role of board director on the first full board. All board directors are unpaid volunteers. The IETF LLC Board of Directors is responsible for setting broad strategic direction for IETF LLC on administrative, legal, financial and other non-technical areas. The board will be responsible for hiring and supervising an Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of IETF LLC, including hiring staff to carry out the LLC’s responsibilities. The board’s other responsibilities include adopting an annual budget, adopting employee benefit plans, consulting the IETF community on matters as appropriate, and approving entering into agreements that that meet a significant materiality threshold. Ideally, some board directors will be positioned to play an active role in helping to secure financial resources for the IETF and to leverage personal connections that help the staff identify and solicit potential funders. The board’s work is high-level and strategic; the board is expected to delegate management of day-to-day activities and related decision-making to staff. Candidate Experience Ideal candidates for the role of board director should have prior professional experience with: * Executive management, compensation, and performance review; * Financial management and budgeting on a seven-figure scale; * Working with legal counsel to address organization-related legal and compliance issues; * Fundraising in the non-profit sector; * Working with geographically diverse colleagues and populations; and/or * Interpersonal skills necessary to work within a distributed team focused on enabling the IETF to fulfill its mission. Preference may be given to candidates with prior non-profit or corporate board experience and/or prior experience with the IETF or other similar technical or standards development organizations. It seems unlikely each candidate will bring all of this experience individually. So the NomCom may wish to focus on a balance among the desired qualifications across the three final appointees, as a combined slate with complimentary skills and experience. Candidate Requirements Requirements for the role of board director include: * Taking on legal and fiduciary responsibility for IETF LLC. * Traveling to board meetings multiple times per year. The number of meetings per year, their locations, decisions about co-locating them with IETF meetings, and availability of travel funding will be decided at the board’s discretion with input from the IETF community. * Attending regular conference calls, potentially in different time zones outside of normal business hours. * Preparing for board meetings and calls in advance and actively participating inboard discussions. * Making heavy use of email and other online communications tools as key means for advancing the work of the board and conversing with staff and IETF participants. * Operating transparently and engaging openly with the IETF community and the staff. * Acting in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and board policies. In the board’s first year it is anticipated that board directors will spend an average of four hours per week on the board’s work. Initial IETF LLC Board Priorities The initial priorities and key tasks of the IETF LLC Board are listed in Section 9.1 of https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-iasa2-struct. Mechanics of Nomination: Nominations may be made by selecting the Nominate link at the top of the NomCom 2018 home page, or by visiting the following URL: https://datatracker.ietf.org/nomcom/2018/nominate/ Note: Nominations made using the web tool require an ietf.org datatracker account. You can create a datatracker ietf.org account if you don't have one already by visiting the following URL: https://datatracker.ietf.org/accounts/create/ If you are unable to use the web form, nominations may instead be made by email to nomcom-18 at ietf dot org. If using email, please include the word "Nominate" in the Subject and indicate in the email who is being nominated, their email address (to confirm acceptance of the nomination), and the position for which you are making the nomination. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please tell us if we may tell the nominee that you were the one who made the nomination. If you wish to nominate someone via email for more than one position, please use separate emails to do so. Self-nomination is welcome! Willing nominees will be asked to fill out a questionnaire specific to the position for which they are nominated. The questionnaires will be available on September 19, 2018 and have a submission deadline of November 14, 2018. NomCom 2018-19 will follow the policy for "Open Disclosure of Willing Nominees" described in BCP 10/RFC 7437. As stated in RFC 7437: "The list of nominees willing to be considered for positions under review in the current NomCom cycle is not confidential". Willing nominees for each position will be listed in a publicly accessible way, e.g., anyone with a datatracker account may access the lists. Additionally, the nomination form asks if we may share your own name with the nominee. In all other ways, the confidentiality requirements of BCP 10 remain in effect. All feedback and all NomCom deliberations will remain confidential and will not be disclosed. There is a field on the form you can mark in order to allow the NomCom to tell the nominee that you were the one who made the nomination. This defaults to “no” - so if you don't mark the field we won’t tell. In order to ensure time to collect sufficient community feedback about each of the willing nominees, nominations must be received by the NomCom on or before October 31, 2018. Action! Please submit your nominations as early as possible for the sake of your nominees. A questionnaire for the nominees will be made available by 19 September 2018. Please be resourceful in identifying possible candidates for these positions. More information is available by visiting the NomCom homepage: https://datatracker.ietf.org/nomcom/2018/ Please send suggestions and feedback to nomcom-18 at ietf dot org. Thank you for your help in identifying qualified nominees! regards, -scott. Scott Mansfield scott dot mansfield at ericsson dot com nomcom-chair-2018 at ietf dot org