Global Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board was created in 2019 and is your opportunity as a WMI Scholar to actively impact and influence the future of the Scholar Journey experience and new WMI programs. 

New board members will be appointed each year, with each scholar serving a 3-year term. The next application period will begin on February 1, 2020. 

Most board member responsibilities and work will be completed remotely and on video conference calls. However, there will be one in-person board meeting scheduled per year with mandatory attendance. If you are interested in helping WMI grow and to serve fellow scholars, keep reading to see if you qualify and the steps to apply!

Board Member Responsibilities

WMI Global Advisory Board Members are invested in the scholar experience and exemplify the values of community leadership, partnership, and honesty. Board members have the responsibility to serve as the collective voice of WMI Scholars and will provide direction and recommendations on a wide variety of issues to the Wells Mountain Initiative organization. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading to learn about the responsibilities members will have. 

Board members will: 

  • Act as ambassadors of the WMI Scholars Program
  • Assist in reviewing scholarship applications
  • Give input and feedback on program policies and development
  • Assist/support in WMI fundraising efforts
  • Serve on the WMI Scholar Review Board and provide timely recommendations to WMI on cases assigned for peer review
  • As requested serve as a liaison between scholars and WMI staff
  • Share new opportunities with WMI that could be beneficial for all scholars to continue advancing the Scholar Journey experience 
  • Contribute to brainstorming additional support that the organization could provide for scholars
  • Honor confidentiality

Required Time Investment

Before applying for this opportunity be sure that you will be able to commit to this global leadership position. Be honest with yourself, evaluate your current responsibilities and those that may develop in the next few months and years. 

A Global Advisory Board Member will be responsible to invest their time in this position in the following ways: 

  • Must be able to commit to a three-year term as a board member and prioritize monthly meetings which will be scheduled in advance
  • Active attendance on monthly video conference calls (1.5 hours per month)
  • Attend special conference call meetings when scheduled (Up to 1 additional hour per month)
  • Be prompt to review meeting notes and add contributions to shared team documents
  • Independently prepare for upcoming calls and complete assigned tasks on time
  • Prioritize attendance at the annual in-person meeting (location and date to be announced and travel assistance to be provided by WMI) and any other in-person meetings that will be organized for the board

Qualifications of a Global Advisory Board Member

  • The Global Advisory Board will welcome new board members every year. 

To apply for this position, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a WMI Student Scholar in good standing: Has consistently completed 100 hours of documented community service and has submitted grades or letters of good standing on time.
  • Only Student Scholars who will complete their studies within the next two years are eligible to apply.
  • Be a WMI Graduate Scholar in good standings: Completed tertiary degree studies and has submitted the most recent Graduate Scholar Annual Survey.
  • Must be able to commit to a three-year term as a board member and prioritize meetings which will be scheduled in advance.
  • Priority in the selection process will be given to scholars who are currently living in their country/region and intend to live in their country/region for the full-term of their board appointment (next three years). 

Application & Selection Process

There will be a two-step application process for those who qualify.

Step 1: Complete the online Global Advisory Board Member Application 2020 between February 1 – 15, 2020.

Preliminary results: All applicants will receive an email on March 1, 2020 announcing the finalists.

Step 2: Finalists will be invited to schedule a video interview between March 9 – 20, 2020. These interviews will be hosted by one current Global Advisory Board Member and a WMI Staff member.

Selection process: An overarching goal of the Global Advisory Board is for the board to represent the diversity of our WMI Scholar population. Thus, an element of the final selection process will take into account balancing gender, geographic diversity, varied academic/occupational focuses, and a mix of student and graduate scholars.

Final results: All finalists will receive an email on April 1, 2020. In addition, selected board members will be announced on the WMI Scholars & Graduate Scholars Facebook group on the same day.

                   To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

Nicole Schmitz, Assistant Director