Board Election Process FAQs

For terms beginning March 2019


Do I have to be an RCA member to run for the Board?

Yes, you must be a current RCA member for at least one (1) year to run for a Director position.

What is the length of the service term? 

The term of service is two years and you may serve up to three consecutive terms if re-elected.

How much time will I need to commit to serving on the RCA Board?

On average, Board members spend 4-5 hours per week on RCA initiatives. There are also regular Board meetings, either in person or via conference call. You will be required to travel at your expense to Board meetings and to attend our annual Conference, where we’ll hold one of our Board meetings.

Are RCA Directors provided any stipend, pay or travel budget?

No, an RCA Director position is supported by the Directors themselves or their company. There are formal meetings of the Board of Directors during the year, including one during the RCA Conference. As a Director you are expected to attend the Board meetings, and you are required to attend the Board meeting at the RCA Conference.

Who can I contact if I'm interested in becoming an RCA Director?

You may contact a current RCA Director, member of the NBDC Committee (see list at the end of this document) and or RCA staff leadership (see list at the end of this document) to gain additional insights into a Director position.

Who might be interested in serving as an RCA Director?

Any RCA professional member who is interested in establishing and driving the strategic vision of the RCA should consider serving on the Board. Please keep in mind this is a volunteer board, and a significant amount of time is required to successfully serve. It is critical that your company support your Board participation. Please note: Students are not eligible.

Why would I want to become an RCA Director?

As an RCA Director you have the opportunity to represent your fellow members and help guide the direction of the RCA. If you want to make a positive impact and support the RCA with your time and talents, the Board is a great place to contribute.

What is the candidacy process?

First, you will need to complete the application and submit a biography, personal vision statement  , a letter of support from your employer and a headshot photograph. You should also obtain a letter of recommendation from a current or past RCA board member (optional but encouraged). If selected to move forward, the next steps include the NBDC interview process and a verification of candidacy.

What should my company know about me serving on the RCA Board?

Estimated time and financial support/commitments are a very important aspect to ensure appropriate support of your candidacy. Additionally, you will garner deeper support if you share your vision for how you want to positively impact the organization. Many organizations endorse Board membership as part of professional development goals.

Download the template letter of support from your employer  

Does the RCA offer training for new Directors?

Yes! New Directors are will attend the RCA Board Orientation Meeting in the year elected and each new Director will be assigned a mentor to assist in training.

What is expected of an RCA Director (time commitment, responsibilities, etc.)?

RCA directors serve at least one, two-year term. They dedicate an average of four to five hours each week to Board and Committee activities.

Board members are expected to serve as Chair or Co-Chair on one RCA committee, to lead and direct those meetings, and to provide regular updates on that committee to the Board.

Typically, there are four Board meetings each year, with one held at the RCA Conference. Board members also support a variety of activities leading up to and also at the event. Travel is covered by the Board member or by the member’s employer.

Board members are expected to demonstrate professionalism and serve as a proud ambassador for the RCA in public and in related events or programs in the industry. They actively promote RCA membership and encourage people to join, to become certified, to attend Conference and other programs, and to participate on committees.

Directors contribute their expertise and wisdom to the overall strategic direction of the RCA, and help ensure sound financial management through reviewing and understanding the budget and other activities.

The RCA vision and strategy is important to the overall success of the RCA, so Board members become active champions of the RCA and promote its position throughout the industry and with its members. At the same time, the Board member must ensure compliance with the legal requirements of the RCA and Board, and comply with the RCA Bylaws.

RCA Board members demonstrate sound governance actions by actively participating in Board meetings, the annual strategic planning and budgeting process, Bylaw management, new Board recruitment and evaluation of Board and staff members. Directors disclose and avoid any conflicts of interest, and always maintain confidentiality.

For Board meetings, Directors are expected to be fully prepared by reading all materials and previous meeting minutes. Board members are active in RCA fundraising and sponsorship efforts, and they make a suggested contribution to the Culinology Education Foundation.

Potential Board members sign a performance agreement   that outlines these requirements to demonstrate their commitment to the RCA Board.

What might change for me personally if I become a Director?

As an RCA Director, you will actively interact with other RCA Directors who offer diverse backgrounds and contributions. This experience can enhance your personal leadership attributes as well as garner new industry colleagues and mentors. As a highly visible representative of the RCA you may also experience more member outreach; leading to greater industry networking and insights. In addition, Directors have the opportunity to practice and advance their leadership skills, helping them drive broader career goals.

How is the Executive Committee (officers) determined?

Officers are elected by and from the sitting Board of Directors in accordance with policies and procedures established by RCA bylaws. The term of the office for all officers is one year. No Director may serve more than two consecutive terms as an officer in the same office.

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Immediate Past President and the RCA Executive Director. The President serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.

What is the role of the Executive Committee?

The Executive Committee assists with Board decisions and processes, and provides advice and guidance to the President. Roles include, but are not limited to, evaluating issues for Board consideration, providing recommendations on Board topics or decisions, oversight on any ad-hoc committees to help facilitate Board decisions, and to make decisions on behalf of the Board during intervals between Board meetings (except where limited by law).

Key Contacts

RCA Nominating and Board Development Committee

RCA Staff