Each year, EEA accepts nominations to its Board of Directors. This open process helps the nomination committee accomplish its mission to promote cultural, geographical, and organizational diversity in EEA's leadership. If you have any questions about the board nomination process, please contact the nominations committee.
Board Member Duties & Responsibilities
A board member’s term is three years and individuals may serve two consecutive terms. A board member nominee should be a member of EEA. Terms begin July 1. Duties include:
Attend all quarterly in-person board meetings held at various locations across the state, four online meetings, and any other special meetings of high priority (50% of the yearly meetings at a minimum)
Attend the multi-day board retreat in August. The retreat is the in-person meeting for the first quarter
Notify the board president if you are unable to attend any meeting, or if you are going to be late
Actively serve on one committee as chair (see below for committee descriptions)
Volunteer for tasks that arise from board discussions and involve others (non-board) in EEA projects or tasks; complete tasks in a timely manner
Promote EEA events and activities with employing agencies, to other members, and the general public
Assist chairs of the annual conference and/or symposium by encouraging attendance and volunteering during the event
Attend the annual conference; board members are encouraged to attend OLS and the Pollinator Symposium
Provide an auction item for the annual conference's silent auction
Submit one article per year for The Link
Carry out other tasks as requested by the board president
Make a personal donation of at least $250 annually to the organization
Participate in annual fund drives and seek sponsorships for EEA events
Contribute a minimum of two hours per week on average to board activities; the EEA board is an active, working board and this contribution is expected
Annual Board Calendar
February - Board meeting
March - Application period opens for board positions
April - Board meeting
April 15 - Applications due for board positions
May - Voting slate is finalized and membership votes
June - New board members notified and committee roles assigned
July 1 - Board term begins
August - Board retreat
November - Board meeting
Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG) - Develops and implements the ATEEG program for EEA membership and shares sessions at the annual conference. Only members of the ATEEG CAB are eligible to represent ATEEG as an EEA board member.
Annual Conference - Plans the annual conference, including developing themes, identifying host sites, scheduling keynote speakers, panelists and concurrent session presenters, working with the host site staff, and communicating with board members regarding their conference duties.
Council of Outdoor Learning (CoOL) - Develops and coordinates the Outdoor Learning Symposium each fall and works throughout the year to educate and implement outdoor learning areas in schools and the community. Board representative must be able to attend CoOL committee meetings.
Current Issues - Actively advances current and emerging EE issues through stakeholder engagement and partnerships, advocacy, and outreach, including work on the state environmental literacy plan.
Fundraising - Develops and implements fundraising strategies to support EEA infrastructure and programs, including individual giving campaigns, grants, and corporate donations.
Member Services - Works on strengthening benefits and responsibilities for members and expanding the membership base through membership drives and public events.
Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) - Works with teachers, students, families, communities, businesses, and others to study and educate about monarch butterflies and other pollinators and to restore butterfly habitat across the state. Board representative must be able to attend MAG steering committee meetings.
Public Relations and Newsletter - Looks for opportunities to market EEA membership and recruit members, including exhibiting at events, producing four e-newsletters per year, sending monthly email updates to members, and working with other committees to promote EEA events.
EEA Store - Oversees the purchasing, pricing, inventory, and selling of items in the EEA store, including setup at EEA events, including the annual conference and Outdoor Learning Symposium.
Volunteer Management - Works to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers for EEA.
Website and Database Management (WDB) - Maintains and improves the website and membership database, coordinates with and provides training and support to each committee to meet their website needs, oversees online event registration, and serves as a liaison to MembershipWorks.
Regional Directors - Regional directors do not serve as committee chairs, but as a representative of one of the following regions: North GA, West GA, East GA, Central GA, South GA, Coastal GA, Metro Atlanta. Duties include serving as a local point of contact for members in their region; fostering statewide engagement and representation, regional diversity, and active voice in policy and decision making; ensuring local events and news are disseminated internally and externally; drafting EEA newsletter updates for their region; networking with and recruiting EE providers in their region; organizing and hosting member events for their region; facilitating State Wildlife Action Plan messaging components within their region.