During the 2019-2020 term, WP+D will have 6 available positions on its Board of Directors. Being a member of the WP+D board is a great leadership opportunity oriented toward helping women in planning and development fields flourish in Chicago. It can be pretty fun too.
Available positions include: Treasurer, Membership, Marketing, Programs and Professional Development Chairs. Please see the descriptions of each position below, as well as an overall description of all board positions.
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 EACH BOARD MEMBER
- Attend monthly Board meetings at a downtown/agreed upon location
- Attend weeknight or 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 Officer/Chair position
- Be willing and able to jump in on an as-needed basis to help handle issues that arise between board meetings (email is a primary source of communication and prompt response is required)
WHAT IS THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY AMONG OFFICERS AND CHAIRS
Officers have the added commitment of executive committee meetings and/or activities that support the administrative function and oversight of the board.
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 | Takes and publishes meeting minutes, follows up with tasks and special assignments
Treasurer (1 position open for 2019-2020) | Responsible for nonprofit filings, insurance, collecting and refunding (when necessary) membership dues and fees, and reporting on the organization's assets and liabilities
Chairs manage all program and event coordination with the support of the executive committee.
Professional Development Co-Chairs (2 positions open for 2019-2020) | 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
Membership Chair (1 position open for 2019-2020) | Monitor the organization’s email account and website (wpdchicago.com) to resolve 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 Pavilion
Marketing Chair (1 position open for 2019-2020) | 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 (proficiency and access to Adobe Creative Suite and familiarity with HTML and/or web design platforms encouraged)
Programs Co-Chairs (1 position open for 2019-2020) | 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
We invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org and a current board member will follow up with you.
READY TO APPLY
Please complete the 2019-2020 board application during registration and a current WP+D board member will contact you to schedule a short interview the evening of Wednesday, July 10th.
Spaces fill up quickly! The earlier you register, the earlier your interview time is likely to be.
Board candidates must be current WP+D members.
The 2019-2020 WP+D Board term will begin in August 2019.