During the 2015-2016 term, WP+D will have 4 openings for Board of Directors positions. Being a member of WP+D's board is a great leadership opportunity oriented toward helping women in planning and development fields flourish in Chicago. It can be pretty fun too.
Who should apply? Anyone interested in getting more involved in WP+D who is a self-starter willing to work hard to see the organization thrive. WP+D is an all-volunteer organization, so it is critical that the leadership be engaged and committed.
What are the general responsibilities of board members?
- Attend monthly Board meetings at a downtown location.
- Attend two weekend 1/2 day planning retreats held in the Chicago area.
- Commit to actively attending and participating in most WP+D programming, such as Third Thursday WP+Drinks and professional development events.
- Carry out the specific responsibilities of their chair position. (More on that below.)
- Be willing and able to jump in on an as-needed basis to help handle issues that arise between board meetings. These arrangements typically take place via email, so prompt response time over email is important.
What is the division of responsibility among officers and chairs?
President - Generally oversees the operation of the board, prepares meeting agenda, follows through with chairs' activities, holds a WP+D credit card, has the final word on organizational decisions.
Vice President - Collaborates with the President to oversee and support board operations.
Secretary - Immediate prior President, takes and publishes meeting minutes and follows up with task assignments.
Treasurer - Responsible for non-profit filings, insurance, dealing with collecting and refunding (when necessary) membership dues and fees, and reporting on the organization's assets and liabilities.
Professional Development Co-Chairs (2 positions, 1 open for 2015-2016) - Plan, administer and moderate monthly small networking lunches (including identifying, inviting, and following up with high profile guests), and plan and execute two larger-scale professional development events.
Programs Co-Chairs (2 positions, both open for 2015-2016) - Reserve space and promote monthly WP+Drinks, attend Drinks as WP+D's ambassador to help people feel welcome and stimulate conversation, plan and execute the WP+D Holiday Party, and plan and execute at least one additional social or educational event.
Membership (1 position, open for 2015-2016) - Monitor wpdchicago.com for back-end membership issues, follow up with lapsed members, work to recruit new members (including corporate members), communicate with members about what they'd like to see from WP+D, and plan the annual membership picnic at the Pritzker Pavillion.
Marketing - Coordinate promotion for WP+D events, manage website updates, collect and post event photos on social media, draft and publish communications, including the quarterly WP+D newsletter.
If you are interested, register for this event and WP+D will contact you to schedule a short interview the evening of July 1. Slots typically fill up quickly, so the earlier you sign up, the earlier your interview time is likely to be. The 2015-2016 WP+D Board term will begin in August 2015.