National APSE 2022 Call for Board of Directors Nominations

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National APSE will accept nominations for its 2020-2022 Board of Directors from now until Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (8 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. MST, 5 p.m. PT).

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National APSE is seeking members who have the expertise, talent and desire to actively contribute to our national leadership. APSE is passionate about its role in being the leader in Employment First advocacy and policy movement.

People with disabilities, family members, those with financial and/or fundraising experience, transition coordinators, representatives of the business community, human resource professionals, direct-service community employment professionals, chapter leaders, and anyone that represents the rich diversity reflected in the communities in which our members work and serve are encouraged to apply. APSE’s goal is to have candidates/future board members that reflect the diversity of our members and our chapters across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion/faith tradition, gender identity, and who represent other marginalized communities. We strive to be an inclusive and welcoming organization.

Nominations are open to any current APSE member willing to serve as outlined in this Call for Nominations. We are looking for people who are interested in leadership at the national level to champion Employment First and advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities.

What do I need to submit a nomination?

You will need to submit:

  1. Photo 
  2. Two letters of support 
  3. The Nomination form (includes demographic and open-ended questions)
  4. Signed and Submitted APSE Ethical Guidelines, APSE’s Conflict of Interest, and Job Position of the relevant position on the Nomination Form.

To streamline the election process, APSE has changed platforms to Survey Monkey Apply. If you don’t have a Survey Monkey account, you will need to create one. All you need is your name and email address to do this.

What are the duties of the National APSE Board of Directors?

The National APSE Board of Directors is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to strengthen and increase the growth and financial health of APSE and promote its mission to advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities. The primary board member responsibilities involve the fiscal and strategic operational oversight of APSE and this is accomplished, in large part, through participation in virtual monthly board meetings, active work on at least two committees, and presence at both the summer and fall in-person board planning events each year.

Current committees include: 

  • Board Development
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Delegates Council
  • Finance
  • Professional Development
  • Public Policy
  • Membership Development

Board Member Commitments

Individuals interested in running for the National APSE Board of Directors must:

  • Be a current member of National APSE (individual or business);
  • Be an active member of your state APSE chapter (unless your state does not have a chapter, in which case you must be an active member of National APSE);
  • Have a demonstrated interest and involvement in integrated community-based employment for people with disabilities and in advancing Employment First;
  • Sign an agreement to uphold APSE’s Mission, Vision and Values, adhere to APSE’s Ethical Guidelinesand follow APSE’s Conflict of Interest requirements. Additionally, you must sign to acknowledge receipt of APSE’s Board of Directors Position description of the relevant position. 
  • Uphold integrated, community-based employment values and principles and demonstrate these principles in your respective activities and occupation.
  • Understand that board members do not receive remuneration of any kind (including free conference registration) or reimbursement for time or travel for their presence and participation in the two annually required (summer and fall) planning events.

Board positions begin June 13, 2022.

All new board members are required to attend a board member orientation. This will be a virtual event in 2022.

Background information on the National APSE Board of Directors

APSE has two categories of board members: At-Large Board Members and Regional Delegates. Both categories are voting members of the APSE National Board. Per APSE’s by-laws, no more than two board members may be from one state.

There are 4 At-Large and 2 Regional Delegate positions (Midwest and Northwest/Pacific Region) open for election this year.

  • At-Large Members: At-Large Board Members are elected by all APSE members who vote in the election. At-Large members represent the full membership. Four At-Large Board Members will be elected this year. Each will serve a three-year term.
  • Regional Delegates: Regional Delegates serve directly on the National APSE Board, representing the needs of the chapters in their region, and serving as members of the Delegates Council. Regional Delegates are elected by the APSE members in their geographic regions only. Two Regional Delegates will be elected this year. Each will serve a three-year term and respectively represent one of the following regions:
    • Northwest and Pacific Region:  Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Wyoming
    • Midwest: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio

The timeline of the Call for Nominations and Subsequent Voting includes:

Release the call for nominations: January 10

Close the call for nominations: February 9

Voting will occur for 2 weeks: February 14-28

Tally Votes: by March 2

Board President notifies winners: by March 9

Communication is sent to APSE membership: By March 16

Term Begins: June 13

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