Call for Nominations for Board Members for the 2017-2018 National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association
The National Capital Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAC-APA) is the professional planning organization for the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Over 900 local urban planners belong to the National Capital Chapter, and our 21-member board is looking for new members. The board is responsible for organizing NCAC-APA events, such as local planning conferences, awards ceremonies, social happy hours, volunteer opportunities, and CM & AICP training. The board also promotes planning in the community and encourages professional development within the industry.
Joining the NCAC-APA board is a great way to get involved in the local planning community and distinguish yourself as a leader in the urban planning profession. Terms are two years in duration and require attendance at monthly board meetings and participation in chapter activities. Nominations will be taken until May 31, 2016. To nominate yourself or a colleague, please email Michael Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election ballots will be available online between August 5 and September 8. Email notifications will be sent to all members. The term for newly elected officers will run from January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2018.
Questions? Address them to Michael Brown, the incoming chapter president, at the info above.
The following positions are open for nominations:
President-elect: The president-elect shadows the chapter president for two years and automatically assumes the role of chapter president following a two-year term as president-elect. General responsibilities of the position include assisting the chapter president in fulfilling the responsibilities of that position (including presiding over chapter meetings, establishing committees, maintaining chapter oversight, and representing the National Capital Chapter at national APA conferences and meetings). The president-elect must be ready to assume the role of president should the need arise. This position requires close collaboration with the president on chapter activities and provides on-the-job training in the duties of managing the chapter’s activities. Candidates for this position must be AICP-certified.
Professional Development Officer-elect: The PDO-elect shadows the professional development officer for two years and automatically assumes the role of PDO following that term. General responsibilities of the position include assisting the professional development officer in his/her duties (which include managing the chapter’s AICP preparation events, informing members about CM events, assisting area colleges and universities in educational programming, planning chapter conferences and other CM events, and increasing training opportunities for planners in the area) and filling in as PDO as needed. This position requires close collaboration with the PDO on the chapter’s educational and training activities, and it provides on-the-job training in the duties of managing the chapter’s AICP and CM events. Candidates for this position must be AICP-certified.
Vice President for Communications: The VP for Communications is responsible for managing communication with chapter members. Responsibilities of the position include supervising chapter publications, supervising electronic communications with members, maintaining and improving the chapter’s website, and assisting the president in coordinating programs. A strong candidate for this position would have basic web design skills.
Vice President for Diversity and Outreach: The VP for Diversity and Outreach is responsible for promoting diversity and community outreach in board and chapter activities. Responsibilities of the position include: working with planning communities in the area to broaden the relevance of the planning profession to achieve social, economic, quality of life, and quality of access goals consistent with the purposes and mission of APA and AICP. The VP for Diversity and Outreach helps to recruit minority students into the planning profession, creates and improves planning education programs, and contributes to cross-professional programs and initiatives.
Secretary: The secretary is the record-keeper for NCAC. General responsibilities of the position include preparing minutes of board meetings, notifying board members of meetings, and communicating with APA national on chapter business.
Treasurer: The treasurer is responsible for the chapter’s financial record-keeping. Duties of the position include disbursing chapter funds in accordance with the budget, maintaining an accurate record of all chapter financial transactions, preparing financial statements as needed, federal tax preparation, and assisting the president in preparing an annual budget for review by the board. Six (6) At-Large Director Positions: The directors are at-large members that chair topical committees and vote on board measures. At-large directors are responsible for leading efforts on issues of interest to the board and participating in board meetings. In the past, topical committees have focused on legislative advocacy, nominating chapter award winners, coordinating volunteer events, organizing social happy hours, and securing professional development partnerships.
Six (6) At-Large Director Positions: The directors are at-large members that chair topical committees and vote on board measures. At-large directors are responsible for leading efforts on issues of interest to the board and participating in board meetings. In the past, topical committees have focused on legislative advocacy, nominating chapter award winners, coordinating volunteer events, organizing social happy hours, and securing professional development partnerships.