Director of the Year The Director of the Year award recognizes school nutrition directors for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career. Who can be nominated? The nominee must be: Currently and for the past five years a School Nutrition Director at the school district level Currently and for the past five years a SNA member in the District Director or Major City Director sections Currently holds a SNA certificate in school nutrition or the SNS credentialThe nominee must also have: Served in at least one position on the state or national executive board OR as a member on a state or national committee Are there any restrictions?The nominee cannot be: A current state or national SNA president A current SNA member in the Employee or Manager category Hold a title or job responsibilities that do not confirm the nominee’s status as school nutrition director A previous national winner of the Outstanding Director of the Year award or Director of the Year awardSelf-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be typed, and answers must not exceed the listed word counts.How do I submit a nomination?Nominations are now being accepted online for the 2016-17 awards via this link. Nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2016 (unless otherwise noted for your state)*. Winners will be announced in May 2017. How will the entries be judged? The nominee will be judged on five categories. Please note the weights of each category: Program Enhancement (worth 30% of total score) Staff Development (worth 20% of total score) School Involvement (worth 15% of total score) SNA Involvement (worth 20% of total score) Community Involvement (worth 15% of total score) State Judging: Each year every state association may award one individual with the Director of the Year award. State entries will be judged by a panel appointed by the State President to determine a state winner. State winners submitted to SNA by March 15 are automatically advanced to the regional judging. Regional Judging: State winning entries will be judged by two to three Regional Representatives of the Member Services Committee to determine a regional winner. Regional Representatives will not judge state winners from their region, and all state winners will remain anonymous during regional judging. Regional winners will automatically advance to the national judging. National Judging: Regional winning entries will be judged by the SNA Member Services Committee to determine a national winner. All regional winners will remain anonymous during national judging.How will winners be recognized and rewarded? Employee of the Year winners will be recognized at the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Annual National Conference (ANC) each year. Award winners will receive the below prizes: State winners will receive a certificate and ribbon. Regional winners will receive a pin, certificate and $50. National winners will receive a plaque and an all-expense paid trip to ANC, worth up to $1,000. Additional awards and recognition may be given to state winners by the state association. Please check with your state association for more information.*For Michigan: the deadline is September 1, 2016. *For California: the deadline is September 2, 2016. *For Pennsylvania: the deadline is February 1, 2017. *For Virginia: the deadline is February 1, 2017.