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Become A Director

Ages of Junior Board Director Applicants:
Junior Board Applicants must be between the ages of 17-20 as of Jan. 1of the current year.

Assuming a national leadership role of an organization of nearly 12,000 youth from across the country is a big responsibility. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills, improve your communication skills, and develop decision-making skills that will help you the rest of your life. You’ll also work closely with a team of eight other talented individuals that may become some of your best friends for life. Serving on the NJSA Board is an awesome experience…it’s also an experience that we want you to take seriously so the members of our organization are served by the best leaders possible. Before you turn in your application, read through the enclosed excerpts from the NJSA Board of Director Handbook and consider the following traits below that make an outstanding NJSA director.

Servant Leader

Servant leaders put the interests of others before their own and look for ways to help others. Servant leaders consider how their decisions and actions will affect the membership they serve. For example, as a first-year NJSA director, you will be eligible to participate in NJSA shows. However, during your second year on the board, we expect you to devote yourself to making the NJSA events a success by serving and leading the NJSA members – not competing against them. This will be your opportunity to stand out and serve as a leader to the best of your ability.

Open-minded

Leaders should be open-minded to the ideas of others. They should also be able to share their viewpoint with others in a way that will help others expand their own horizons without forcing an opinion upon them.

Considerate

Considerate leaders can sense and share another’s feelings. They think about how their decisions and actions can affect others.

Good communicator

The best junior boards know how to communicate – both on a professional and a personal level. Because the junior board has leaders from coast to coast, it makes team communication a bit of a challenge. So, be prepared to pick up your cell phone, send out regular e-mails and do whatever it takes to keep yourself in contact with the team and director of junior activities.

Ethical

As a national director, you will be expected to meet high ethical standards. Many of our members are under 12 years old and an outstanding director will simply do the “right thing” in order to be a good role model to the membership. While serving your two years on the board, you will need to be aware that wherever you go, your title will go with you and eyes will be upon you. It’s simple…just make wise choices!

Board Member’s Job Description

The primary responsibility of the National Junior Swine Association board member is to serve the NJSA in local, regional and national activities in a way that will educate, motivate and inspire current and potential NJSA members, swine breeders, parents, civic and community leaders, teachers, and leaders in business and industry to achieve the aim and the purposes of the organization and the goals of the national organization.

More specific responsibilities include:
  • Participate in training, orientation, continual self-improvement and evaluation of activities as directed by the national staff.
  • Serve as a consultant to the NSR Executive Committee as needed.
  • Strive to constantly execute the NJSA program of activities.
  • Participate in making visits to NSR and other industry events.
  • Represent the NJSA at all times as scheduled by the Director of Junior Activities.
  • Help plan and conduct all events and activities as assigned by the Director of Junior Activities.
  • Prepare and submit, in a timely fashion, an expense report and other reports as requested by the Director of Junior Activities.
  • Keep up to date with all correspondence.
  • Plan, prepare, read, study, listen, review and practice to continually improve public speaking skills.
  • Stay informed of industry and other agricultural news.
  • Develop positive relationships with NJSA members, NSR staff, sponsors and the general public, and project a positive image as a leader among American youth.

NJSA Director Responsibilities

  • As an NJSA Board of Director, you will receive many benefits and a great opportunity to represent the NSR at a national level. However, you also have a responsibility to be a positive influence on all NJSA members. As an NJSA director, you will have the opportunity to gain as much as you contribute.
  • NJSA Director Expectations:
  • A term on the NJSA board is a two-year commitment. You are expected to attend all meetings unless excused by the Director of Junior Activities.
  • All NJSA directors serve as specific members of a team that require extra time throughout the year.
  • Each NJSA director is invited to write articles for the NJSA.
  • NJSA directors are reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses incurred when attending meetings and shows at which time they are designated official NJSA responsibilities (the exception is the National Junior Summer Spectacular where all NJSA Board members and NSR Board members must pay for their own travel and food expenses. NJSA will provide a few junior board rooms if needed).
  • If a NJSA director is assigned to work an event, he or she must give first priority to all NJSA duties.
  • As an NJSA director, one can expect expenses for meals (no snacks) and communication (postage, phone calls, time, etc.)
  • NJSA directors are invited to compete in the National Junior Summer Spectacular and regional shows when they are serving the first year of their term as a director. However, because of the important role NJSA directors play in carrying out shows and events, directors are not allowed to compete in the NJSS and regional shows during the second year of their term.

What The NJSA Board Offers:

  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills as ambassadors of the NJSA through committee work, leadership conferences, and communication with junior members across the nation.
  • The NJSA board responsibilities enhance directors’ verbal and written communication skills.
  • NJSA directors have the opportunity to meet and work with industry leaders.
  • NJSA directors have the opportunity to travel throughout the country while representing Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire genetics.
  • NJSA directors gain valuable friendships with NJSA directors along with other juniors across the nation.
Standards of Conduct

Expectations for the National Junior Board of Directors

Your term as a director is a tremendous honor and a great educational opportunity. Because you serve as role models for other members, you bear an extra responsibility to set the best possible example. The following guidelines are presented to help you with this part of your duties and to ensure that all board members begin their term with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

All board members of the NJSA are expected to:

  • Observe the rules and requirements set forth for NJSA members for each event or activity.
  • Strictly forego any use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, profanity or other questionable language.
  • Maintain a professional and friendly relationship at all times with other national board members, national staff and volunteers. This means addressing any of these individuals with the proper respect for the positions they hold and the duties they perform.
  • Relationships with NJSA members should remain on a personable, yet professional level at all time. Having “favorites” or making a point to give more attention to one junior or another is discouraged.
  • Romantic affiliations with any NJSA member should be kept in tow. Romantic advances made by any NJSA member should be handled in a personal, yet professional manner.
  • Follow the instructions provided by the Director of Junior Activities and other staff members.
  • Refrain from “back-stabbing” anyone. Stamp out gossip!
  • Accept invitations as outlined and approved by the Director of Junior Activities.
  • Follow accepted standards of behavior and etiquette in public places.
  • Refrain from reckless operation of motor vehicles.
  • Plan ahead for activities, be self-reliant and resourceful.
  • Observe all the above standards of conduct anytime, anyplace. A national board member is a national board member 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Keep an accurate schedule or calendar.
  • Call any concerned parties when you must be late or cannot make an engagement.
  • Keep the Director of Junior Activities informed concerning any problems you encounter or mistakes you make.
  • Request supplies from the Director of Junior Activities if you expect the NJSA to pay for them instead or ordering or purchasing such supplies on your own.
  • Always let the people in charge of an event know you will be attending the event and that you are willing to help make it a success.
  • Upon arriving at the event, report to the person in charge to let them know you are there and ready to work.
  • Accept feedback, suggestions and criticism in a mature way.