The Leadership Associate ensures that APA chapters and Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) are supported as necessary to enhance efficiency in their leadership roles. This position works closely with the governing bodies of 47 chapters and the CPC and its committees.
APA is an equal opportunity employer, and has made a focused commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in all forms, as a means to achieving thriving communities in which everyone has equal opportunity to live a safe, healthy and prosperous life.
Duties and responsibilities:
Chapter Administration and Support
Serve as primary staff liaison to chapters and their officers, communicating the interests of chapters to staff and other member and leadership groups.
Help as needed relative to all operations of the chapters including bylaws, budgets, elections, conferences, program development plans, newsletters and other communication tools, and officer development.
Maintain electronic communications with the CPC, update chapters via electronic communications with news and developments from APA National.
Update all data for chapter and section officers; ensuring a process is in place for all necessary changes to occur.
Maintenance of archival information and reference files for chapters.
Staff various CPC committees and task forces as needed including coordinating conference calls; ensuring project schedules are met; developing and mailing materials and correspondence; coordinating communication between committees and other members of leadership.
Provide monthly membership rosters for chapters, including specially requested rosters.
Coordinate with other staff on APA/component annual elections.
Support development and maintenance of chapter websites on APA’s web hosting platform.
Support networks of members at the chapter level, including chapter legislative advocacy networks, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion programs, among others.
Council Governance and Programs
Coordination of meetings with the CPC Executive Committee, the CPC and the committees of the council.
Coordination of the biennial election process in conjunction with the CPC Nominating Committee.
Administer the annual grants and awards programs of the CPC.
Support the orientation, training and leadership development of members of the council, and development of orientation materials.
Skills and Talents Needed:
Comfortable with a variety of digital communication tools and platforms.
Collaborative, energetic, engaged, team focused.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Customer Service focus.
Strong organization skills with the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously required.
Undergraduate degree required. A minimum of 2-4 years of relevant work experience is required.
Ability to work with a variety of member leadership groups, and senior staff required.
Association experience preferred.
Fluent and comfortable working with a variety of technologies, including Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive. Knowledge of online communities of Higher Logic, and Content Management Systems like Wagtail, Django is preferred.
Experience editing, creating, and distributing e-newsletters via marketing automation software like Real Magnet preferred.
Experience using association management software such as iMIS desired.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Planning Association
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The more than 40,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders, and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.