Each year, the OIA holds elections to its Board of Directors to replace the Directors who are completing their three-year terms of service. This process is completed at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 27 September 2018.
The OIA calls on its member organisations to nominate new candidates for board membership. This is a volunteer position that requires a considerable time commitment from the individual, as well as support by their employer to make this a priority volunteer activity. This representative should possess a global perspective, be actively involved in the osteopathic profession, and be able to provide leadership and knowledge to an international osteopathic membership organisation.
Every potential Board candidate, who will be a member of an OIA member organisation or lay person, must maintain a high ethical standard in representing and serving the OIA and the international osteopathic community, possess high integrity, and uphold professional conduct. In addition, the person must meet the following criteria:
- Enthusiasm and willingness to work and provide leadership for the OIA.
- Expertise in the osteopathic profession.
- Knowledge and support of OIA programs.
- Ability to help build consensus and be a team player.
- Experience working productively with the OIA staff.
- Understanding of commitment required:
- Understanding of time commitments and support of employer, family, etc…of the necessary time commitments.
- Consider the OIA one of your priority volunteer activities.
- Any perceived or potential conflict of interest identified and plans made to resolve if necessary.
- Previous membership on an OIA committee, sub-committee or task force (recommended but not required)
- Expertise in the following areas would be helpful to add value to the OIA Board:
- International, multinational or global experience.
- Membership or knowledge of similar organisations.
- Experience with strategic planning.
- Experience in the osteopathic academic community.
- Evaluate plans based on realistic assessments of the future.
- Demonstrate the capacity to innovate and assess adequacy of resources to implement plans.
The individual nominated must take an active role and contribute to the continuing growth and success of the OIA. As an international organization, the OIA seeks gender balance in its leadership to better present the varied perspectives within the osteopathic community. The OIA strongly encourages nomination of female candidates for positions on our Board of Directors.