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Our Society Operating Guidelines describe in detail the manner in which American Society of Safety Professionals is structured and governed. They are intended to accompany and be consistent with ASSP bylaws.

Section 6.8: Criteria for Candidates for ASSP Office

I. Introduction

The Nominations and Elections Committee looks for the following experiences, characteristics and qualifications in potential candidates for elected ASSP positions. These are in addition to any required qualifications specified in the ASSP bylaws or role descriptions.

A. Member Value Focus

  • Acts with members in mind
  • Is dedicated to providing value to members
  • Gets first-hand member information and uses it for improvements in products and services
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with members and gains their trust and respect

B. Organizational Agility

  • Knows ASSP councils and committees and their scope
  • Exhibits curiosity about and understanding of ASSP history, processes and procedures
  • Observes ASSP bylaws and board-approved policies and procedures

C. Emotional Intelligence

  • Has an earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity and honesty
  • Knows personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and limits
  • Seeks feedback
  • Gains insights from mistakes
  • Welcomes constructive criticism

D. Collaboration

  • Works effectively and collaboratively in a group

E. Demonstrated Professionalism

  • Participates continually in skill and knowledge development
  • Demonstrates a high level of personal and professional integrity, trustworthiness, ethics and values
  • Displays flexibility and is open minded
  • Demonstrates professional and appropriate conduct in public

F. Commitment to ASSP

  • Demonstrates a commitment to ASSP through a history of participation in leadership roles, including ASSP Foundation contributions
  • Displays willingness and ability to commit the necessary time to fulfill ASSP leadership responsibilities effectively
  • Understands and is willing to support decisions and policies made by the ASSP Board of Directors
  • Speaks positively and supportively, in any venue, about ASSP and its initiatives, positions and policies


Approved By | Date: Board of Directors | 12/2019
Replaces Edition Dated: 06/2018
Next Revision Due: 12/2022