Join the Leadership Team at ACR-GNY -
ACR-GNY is a big tent for professionals and students in the field of conflict resolution. The scope of our interest and support is everything ADR - including restorative justice, commercial arbitration, family mediation, institutional ombuds, conflict coaching, community mediation, and more. As a volunteer-led organization (with part-time staff support), it's hugely rewarding to serve the wider conflict resolution community. We hope you will consider joining us!
The mission of ACR-GNY is to provide educational programs to all of its members and to the public, as well as offer opportunities for those invested in peaceful, effective conflict resolution to connect with and to learn from one another.
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 organized into these five main committees to fulfill our strategic goals:
Membership & Outreach Committee: The Membership & Outreach 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 & Outreach 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:
***This year we are especially seeking candidates with experience in the commercial/employment field to join the Programming Committee.***
Fundraising & Development: The Fundraising & 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 sponsors and 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 & Analytics: The Finance & 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 conflict resolution by serving as a liaison to the media, other conflict resolution organizations, and the public to educate the community about conflict resolution. 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 conflict resolution. 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, LGBTQIA+ 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 by Friday, December 1, 2023.
Elections will be held on January 17, 2024 at our Annual Kick-off Celebration (event details forthcoming).