Membership

Consisting of no more than 3 members, each to be appointed by the President for no more than three consecutive one-year terms.

Your primary responsibility is to develop membership recruitment campaigns using the chapter membership report form. Be the point person in the membership renewal process that begins in September of each year for the chapter. Oversee the new member approval process for the chapter to ensure that all new chapter members are approved in a timely manner. Distribute new member certificates and pin to all new members either at chapter meetings or by mail. You will be asked by the Chapter President to work with fellow board members in setting the goals and objectives for membership growth and retention.

1. Participate in quarterly conference calls conducted by headquarters (typically held in the 2nd month of each quarter).
2. Complete the chapter report form for membership on a quarterly basis. Establish goal, objectives and strategy to obtain the goal. Turn in report to Chapter President and report on status at chapter board meetings.
3. Using contacts within the chapter, obtain mailing lists for coordinated campaigns with headquarters.
4. Obtain list from the Chapter Education Chair of all non-members who have taken a course through the chapter. Send email with application inviting the non-members to join the chapter and IRWA.
5. Obtain list from Chapter Meeting Coordinator of all non-members who attending a chapter meeting. Send email with application inviting the non-members to join the chapter and IRWA.
6. Upon receipt of a pending chapter member email from headquarters, ensure that the new members are approved by the chapter board and notify headquarters of the approval (typically a 30 day or less turnaround).
7. Notify new member with an invitation to attend the next chapter meeting. Present new member with membership certificate and membership pin. If the new member cannot attend chapter meetings, arrange to have the certificate and pin sent to them


Education

Consisting of no more than 3 members, each to be appointed by the President for no more than three consecutive one-year terms.

Your role critical in two areas: Member attendance of chapter courses and the promotion of online courses. There are many resources available to assist you as you develop the Chapter’s Education Plan and online promotion. More importantly, I nvolving the other members on your chapter board in these efforts will go a long way in achieving the goals you set for member growth.

Qualifications: A Chapter Education Chair must be a member in good standing of the IRWA, a chapter or chapters of the Association (current on all relevant membership dues paid in full at the time you assume the position). Ideally, a Chapter Education Chair will have been a member of the IRWA and chapter for a minimum of one year prior to taking on the role of Education Chair.

Specific Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of the Chapter Education Chair is to develop and implement a strategic, comprehensive Chapter Education Plan. This is accomplished by analyzing data from numerous sources to determine the best month/year in which to schedule chapter sponsored presentations of specific IRWA courses, while also promoting the benefits of IRWA Online Education.

The secondary responsibilities of the Chapter Education Chair include selecting and contracting with Facilitators (Instructors) for both presentation fees and class related expenses, securing class facility locations, selecting Certified Coordinators to whom class related responsibilities and logistics will be delegated, etc. This information enables the Education Chair to “officially schedule” a chapter sponsored class presentation by completing and submitting a CSMA (Course Sponsorship & Marketing Agreement) form to Headquarters for each
class to be scheduled.

You will be asked by the Chapter President to work with fellow board members to set your chapter’s specific goals and objectives for maximum classroom attendance, and to determine strategies to use when promoting online courses to your chapter members.


Professional Development

Consisting of no more than 3 members, each of who shall be appointed by the President for no more than three consecutive one-year terms.

Your role is critical in two areas: Processing requests for certification/designation for members of your chapter, and working with your Chapter Education Chair to ensure that both Classroom and Online courses are promoted to Credentialing program candidates to ensure
that they meet the requirements to obtain their certifications/designations. There are manyresources available to assist you in this capacity. More importantly, involving the other members on your chapter board in your efforts will go a long way in achieving the goals you
set for member growth.

Qualifications: A PDC Chair must be a member in good standing of the IRWA, a chapter or chapters of the Association (current on all relevant membership dues paid in full at the time you assume the position).

Specific Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of the Chapter PDC Chair is to assist and mentor chapter members who have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, a designation (through IRWA’s Generalist Career Path) and/or certification (through IRWA’s Specialist Career Path). The Chapter PDC Chair must be familiar with the specific requirements for each of IRWA’s Credentialing Programs (both initial and recertification), and be prepared to provide information and guidance to members who are participants in IRWA Credentialing.

Increase the chapter’s participation in IRWA Credentialing Programs by:
• Increasing awareness of the value of investing in one’s professional development by pursuing a designation and/or certification; Encouraging new chapter members to declare their active candidacy for one or more Credentialing programs, and Reaching out to current chapter members who may be close to fulfilling the educational requirements for a specific Credentialing Program, and encouraging them to declare their active candidacy.

Assist members who are current participants in IRWA Credentialing by:
• Becoming familiar with the specific program requirements for each level of IRWA’s Generalist Career Path, and for each Specialist certification; Providing information and guidance to those who are pursuing their initial designation / certification to ensure that they meet all program requirements during the specified timeframe; Ensuring that all members who currently hold a designation / certification fulfill all requirements in order to recertify during the specified timeframe, and Conferring with your Chapter Education Chair (and other Chapter Leaders) to confirm that members will be able to fulfill the educational components of their Credentialing program requirements. This will be accomplished through a strategic combination of scheduling in class presentations of IRWA courses and also promoting those courses which are currently available online.


Nominations

Shall consist of a Chairperson and no more than 2 members. This committee shall present 5 and recommend a slate of officers to the membership for their consideration no later than the ninth month of the administrative year.


Communications

Newsletter:
• Preparation and distribution of monthly newsletters to membership including coordination with Board and Committee members on content, identifying related content from the International Right of Way Association headquarters and local Region.
• Email blasts to Chapter as requested by Board and Committees.

Website:
• Regular maintenance of the website, including updating content, luncheon registrations, sponsorship renewals, payment of fees, and additional web master related activities as they arise.


Young Professionals

This group is specifically designed for beginning right of way professionals who want to become more actively involved into the Association while enhancing their skills. If you are passionate about continually educating yourself, augmenting your skillset and having your hard work acknowledged, then it’s time to surround yourself with likeminded individuals.

IRWA Young Professionals must unite and support each other, as well as outsiders, to grow in their profession and to dig deep in their industry. The Young Professionals must aim to be equipped with education, ethics and encouragement. Creating a body of individuals who are close in the likeness of skill level, education, professional & life experiences establishes a trusting atmosphere to allow free flowing questions and professional bonds to form.

The IRWA Young Professionals Group is recommended for participants of the age of 35 and under but is not required.


Programs

As part of the Programs Committee, you will be responsible for:
• Locating and scheduling speakers for eight Chapter luncheons.
• Reserving space (virtual and/or in-person) for Chapter luncheons.
• Coordination and set-up with the venue in advance and the day of for menu, equipment, spacing, registration, etc.
• Coordination with the Treasurer and Webmaster for luncheon and venue payments.
• Coordination with the Board on luncheon content.


Industry Committees & Discipline Communities of Practice

Asset Management
• Asset Management
• Environment
• Public Agency
• Oil & Gas Pipeline
• Relocation Assistance
• Surveying & Engineering
• Transportation
• Electric & Utilities
• Valuation
• Legal
• September Seminar

These are discipline specific committees to serve in an advisory capacity to our membership. They do not require being filled but we welcome anyone that would like to contribute their expertise to the Chapter. You will be asked to provide a write-up for the newsletter during the year.