ALA seeks candidates for upcoming Endowment Fund Trustee opening

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/03/2016


Keith D. Brown
Senior Financial Analyst
Finance Department
American Library Association
1-800-545-2433, ext. 4255

CHICAGO — Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Endowment Trustee for the ALA Endowment Fund. The candidate will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23 – 28 in Orlando, Florida.

The elected Trustee will serve a three-year term that will officially begin at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The term will expire at the conclusion of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.. In order to ensure the continuity among the Trustees, the newly appointed Trustee will begin serving immediately in an unofficial (non-voting) capacity at the conclusion of the 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The deadline for receiving applications is May 15, 2016.

There are five Endowment Trustees, each serving a staggered three-year term. As such, one to two Trustees will be selected by the ALA Executive Board each year. 

The ALA Endowment Trustees have the authority to hold, invest and disburse endowment and other long-term investment funds as directed by the ALA Executive Board. Candidates must be or become members of the ALA.  They must have a working knowledge of investment opportunities available to the endowment and other long-term investment funds, and of benchmarks used to judge fund performance.  The candidates must also have experience in the management or oversight of investment funds in a business setting and must be able to contribute to the preparation of semi-annual reports on the performance of the fund to the ALA Executive Board and Council.  Additionally, candidates must be able to participate in periodic conference calls, attend two meetings in Chicago (Spring/Fall), one education meeting in New York City and, if possible, the ALA conferences (ALA does not cover the expenses to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting or the ALA Annual Conference).

In reviewing the requirements and skills necessary to manage the ALA Endowment Fund, the ALA Executive Board and the Endowment Trustees have established the following general guidelines for becoming a Trustee:

Investment Skills

Trustees must have a working knowledge of the financial markets.  This working knowledge should include the fundamentals of investment practice, as well as, familiarity with market indices.  Experience in investing as a trustee or custodian is beneficial.  Awareness of economic principles is desirable.  Candidates will be expected to maintain an ongoing knowledge of current economic conditions and issues.

Association Involvement

It is desired that the Trustees evidence a basic knowledge of ALA’s mission and goals and an awareness of the services and activities of the Association.  Knowledge of the awards and scholarships program is also beneficial, as is work in other areas of the Association.

Judgment and Analytical Skills

Essential to the effective operation of the Endowment, is the Trustee’s ability to exercise judgement and to make decisions that reflect prudence, insight, and care.  Teamwork among the Trustees is essential for this shared charge to be effectively dispatched.  The ability to study a situation and to develop well-reasoned strategies is a critical requirement.  While the trustees exercise independent judgement and discretion with regard to the Endowment investments, they must also be effective communicators and able to take necessary and appropriate direction from the Executive Board.

Application and References

All applicants will be required to submit an application form and three (3) references.


For this and other information on the qualifications and responsibilities of an ALA Endowment Trustee, you may also contact Keith D. Brown, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance Department at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4255, fax: 312-280-5272