Join Our Board Of Directors
Each fall, we seek new candidates for the Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (ACR-GNY) Board of Directors. We're looking for ADR enthusiasts who want to put their passion for conflict resolution to work for the betterment of the field. Joining the Board of Directors is a great way to directly impact the ADR community, gain leadership experience, share your expertise, and more.
About the ACR-GNY Board
The leadership of ACR-GNY consists of the Board of Directors, which functions as a working board: each Board member, director, and officer alike contributes their time and energy to ensuring the organization fulfills its mission. The Board is generally organized into these committees to fulfill our strategic goals:
Membership Committee: The Membership Committee, led by the Vice President of Membership, oversees member development and engagement. They actively support our current membership base by soliciting feedback and advocating for their needs in the organization. They develop campaigns to acknowledge and recognize our members throughout the year and work on recruitment campaigns to increase individual memberships. Additionally, they develop community outreach events or campaigns and encourage active involvement and participation from our membership. At the heart of the Membership Committee is a drive to develop a stronger connection with our members and craft a more meaningful experience for them.
Programming Committee: The goal of the Programming Committee is to develop and implement programs and special events throughout the year, which may include speakers for practice groups, panel discussions, workshops, training opportunities, and other events for the purpose of professional development and public education, networking, and fostering alliances with other organizations. They work at organizing our yearly marquee events such as our Annual Conference and Mediation Settlement Day. The Programming Committee sets the vision, priorities, strategy, and plans for all programming throughout the year:
Fundraising and Development: The Fundraising and Development Committee develops and implements plans for raising funds required to maintain and grow the organization consistent with its mission. They identify and cultivate relationships with donors and create and promote fundraising opportunities for events, especially in connection with the Annual Conference. Their work includes managing and engaging with our organizational partners and forging new relationships to support the growth of the organization.
Finance and Analytics: The Finance and Analytics Committee manages and leads the organization's overall budget, supports committees and task forces with creating their budgets, and reconciles the organization’s spending. Furthermore, they develop an investment strategy for the organization and manage the organization's data to support analytic decision making.
Communications: The Communications Committee creates and implements external communications plans for ACR-GNY programs and events, together with the preparation of marketing materials and strategies. They support the mission of ACR-GNY by advocating for the use of ADR by serving as a liaison to the media, other ADR organizations, and the public to educate the community about ADR. They implement this by ensuring strategic utilization of newsletters, e-mail, website, and social media.
ACR-GNY is committed to supporting individuals in their pursuit of a career in ADR. To this end, we offer an opportunity for students to serve as Student Ambassadors of ACR-GNY in one of the support areas noted above. They are able to work side by side with Board members and help produce our biggest annual events. Candidates should be enrolled in a higher education institution in the Greater New York area, and their course of study should significantly emphasize conflict resolution.
Board Member Responsibilities
We believe our Board should reflect the diversity of our professional community. We strongly encourage nominees who are women, indigenous and people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, and young professionals.
How to Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
Looking for a rewarding way to give back to our community? We invite members to submit nominations for themselves. In your statement, please share your interest and relevant experience for any open positions noted above.
Or does this sound like a great fit for someone you know? Recommend someone by letting us know why they would be a strong Board member and their potential fit for the open positions, and we'll reach out to the nominee.
Please submit a statement of interest/qualification and the nominee's resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elections will be held in January at our Annual Meeting (event announcement forthcoming).