The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected PTA positions. It is the most important committee in PTA. Having qualified people step into leadership positions in a local PTA or council or at the state level will ensure success for many years into the future. The work of this committee is paramount to fulfilling our mission as PTAs.
Members of the nominating committee must be elected by the members of the local PTA or council. Committee work includes holding confidential meetings, reviewing nominations, and searching for the best qualified candidates for leadership roles in your PTA.
When seeking effective candidates for your nominating committee, look for people with tact, integrity, discretion, and the ability to stand up for what they believe in. Sound judgment, familiarity with the needs of your PTA and skill in evaluating possible nominees are essential. Confidentiality is required, as committee members will hold honest discussions and must agree to announce only the names of the nominees, not the conversation around those choices or the names that were considered but not submitted for nomination.
Early election of the nominating committee is ideal so the committee can begin its work. Consider electing your nominating committee at the first membership meeting in the fall so they can keep their eyes open for candidates during the year. Plan backwards from deadlines, keeping in mind that officers must be elected prior to the end of the PTA fiscal year (during the months of April, May, or June) to be in compliance with your Local PTA Bylaws and that the nominating committee must report to the general membership 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible for nomination for an elected office in a local PTA, candidates must have be a member of the PTA.
Being a member of this committee is an honor given by your members because they believe in your judgment and are confident you will keep the best interests of your association at the forefront. Celebrate this committee and continue the great work you all do each day for children and youth.