National Elections

National elections are held each year during the national Convention. National Executive Board members are elected according to the election schedule. These are not the only ways to serve as national OPA leaders. Please check out the Positions page for descriptions and instruction on how to apply for other open volunteer positions.

Interested NEB candidates should review the following summary of duties and download the Running for the NEB FAQ document for more information.

To fill out an NEB petition, download an application here. Please send petition packets and any questions to

NEB Positions Elected at Convention 2016

At Convention 2016, the National Executive Board positions listed below were elected by the delegation. Eligible candidates must be an active or alumna member in good standing for at least one year. Since both open positions are due to NEB resignations effective at the end of Convention 2016, each term lasts one year (July 2016 to June 2017). The weekly time commitment ranges from 5 to 15 hours. NEB members submit monthly reports, vote in online motions, participate in online discussions and attend fall and mid-year meetings, as well as Convention. (The new national structure will take effect starting right after Convention 2017. Stay tuned for more details in the spring of 2017.)

Vice President of Finance*
Oversees all financial activity for the sorority including:
– prepare financial statements such as balance sheet, revenues and expenses, budget vs. actual at mid-year and year-end
– record and deposit all monies received and record and make all disbursements
– reconcile bank accounts, prepare IRS returns and documents, write and execute national financial procedures
– present national budget to the Convention delegation, chair budget committee

Vice President of Membership
Oversees the sorority’s membership programs and requirements including:
– supervise membership issues and requirements on local levels
– handle changes in statuses of members needing national level attention (except alumnae)
– oversee the National Standards Board

Questions about a specific role can be directed to the NEB member currently in that position.

Candidates who are unable to attend the national Convention, should summarize their qualifications and submit along with their petition. The information will be provided to the delegation, or arrangements can be made for an online interview during Convention.

Any candidate for an NEB position can receive 50 percent travel reimbursement to attend Convention 2016 if their petition is filed by Wednesday, July 6, 2016, and booked in accordance to OPA’s travel procedures. Petitions will still be accepted until July 15.

Petitioning for a Board Position

To ensure OPA receives the best possible candidates for these positions, the national petition for office form includes questions about background and asks for three references. Please include one professional, one personal and one Omega Phi Alpha member as references. Please also include a resume and a photo (preferably a head shot) in the application package.

*A candidate elected to a fiscally responsible position would enter office pending a criminal background check.

Any petition submitted will be provided online or at Convention for the delegation to review in advance of elections, pending candidate permission and timing. This will only include Omega Phi Alpha background information and photo.