Apply for an Officer Position- Work & Organizations Division

The Work and Organization’s Division of IPPA, first launched in 2014, consists of 1,000 researchers, academics, practitioners and students from around the globe, who seek to advance the science and application of positive psychology in this area.

In September 2018, Division President, Giselle Timmerman, will transition to Past-President. Division Secretary, Jessica Londei-Shortall, will retire after serving multiple terms with the Division. President-Elect, Gregory Hennessy, will transition to President.

Position terms are 2 years and will begin in September 2018.

Division Officer roles are both prestigious and substantial. Division Officers regularly engage division members in collective learning and collaboration and lead small teams to develop programming, such as publications, webinars and program sessions at the World Congress. Division Officers are also de facto members of IPPA’s Council of Advisors. Elected leaders will undergo an orientation and training and have the full support of IPPA’s staff and Board of Directors.

Interested parties should read the Division charter, volunteer role descriptions below, application components, and election process below.

Inaugural Charter, 2014
Charter, June 2018 

All questions may be directed to workdiv@ippanetwork.org.


Officer Role Descriptions:


Secretary (2-year term)

The Secretary serves as the chief administrative officer for the DIVISION. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Assure the maintenance of records and compliance with DIVISION and IPPA policies and procedures
  • Oversight of administration, including recording minutes of division meetings, and coordinating communication between committee leads and division officers.
  • Ensuring Division meets deadlines for annual activity report, annual activity proposal and executes budget requests.
  • Co-conduct, analyze and communicate the annual member survey (in coordination with IPPA’s Membership Committee)
  • Support division initiatives, including World Congress (program sessions, business meeting and special events), as well as year-round programming, such as POIC and webinars, as directed by the PRESIDENT
  • Oversee or coordinate with committee leads, or others engaging in administrative initiatives, as instructed by the DIVISION President
  • Role requires a commitment of approximately 2-5 hours per week (varies)

Process:

Candidates must submit an application form that requires 1) a one-paragraph biography and 2) a one-paragraph statement of purpose. They must also indicate whether they work primarily in a research or practical application capacity.


President-Elect (2-year term)

The President-Elect is the second-ranking officer in each division and assumes the President position at the next term. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Support the DIVISION President in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the DIVISION by providing continuity to established programs and by formulating future programs.
  • Assume the responsibility of the DIVISION President in their absence
  • Accept responsibilities delegated by the DIVISION President, such as overseeing special projects and being a committee member/project team liaison
  • Support President in providing oversight to DIVISION operations, including onboarding new volunteers and ensuring appropriate representation on DIVISION’s committees
  • Support President in ensuring all volunteers undergo a new volunteer orientation and adhere to IPPA’s policies, procedures and member code of conduct.
  • Represent the DIVISION at World Congress activities
  • Manage the division’s annual activity report, annual activity proposal and budget request, and new initiative proposal process, which includes 1) development (outlining the project’s alignment with strategy and member needs, resources needed), 2) approval by IPPA’s Divisions Committee, 3) project management and 4) evaluation.
  • Role requires a commitment of approximately 2-5 hours per week (varies)

Process:

Candidates must submit an application form that requires 1) a one-paragraph biography and 2) a one-paragraph statement of purpose. They must also indicate whether they work primarily in a research or practical application capacity.

The application period for the President-Elect role is closed. Members are encouraged to review candidate applications and ask questions on this page.


FOR REFERENCE ONLY: (These positions are filled)

President (2-year term)

The President leads strategic planning for the DIVISION and manages the DIVISION leadership team and activities to serve DIVISION members in the best way possible. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Executive Committee and full Leadership Team to maintain ongoing programming (e.g. publication, Digests and Dialogues series, Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge, etc.), plan for new activities and programs, and assess whether the DIVISION’s programming, activities, and one-off initiatives are meeting member needs and are in line with IPPA’s strategic aims and resources.
  • Provide oversight to DIVISION operations, including onboarding new volunteers and ensuring appropriate representation on DIVISION’s committees
  • Recruit, vet, interview and “on-board” candidates for volunteer committee leads.
  • Ensure all volunteers undergo a new volunteer orientation and adhere to IPPA’s policies, procedures and member code of conduct.
  • Represent the DIVISION at World Congress activities
  • Represent the DIVISION at external, industry conferences and other regional positive psychology conferences as appropriate
  • Participate in monthly meetings of IPPA’s Divisions Committee
  • Communicate and coordinate with IPPA’s administrative staff and Board of Directors
  • Communicate and engage with the DIVISION’s Advisory Committee
  • Serve as a de-facto member of IPPA’s Council of Advisors
  • Transitions to the role of Past-President upon completion of term
  • Role requires a minimum commitment of 2-5 hours per week

Past President (2-year term)

The DIVISION Past President will support any activities of the division on a discretionary basis.


Timeline:

APPLICATION PERIOD – CLOSED 

REVIEW PERIOD – NOW

Division Members: Please read the candidate applications for the Secretary

Review Candidate Applications

VOTING PERIOD – September 2018 Division members will receive a member-only email and vote for their next Officers.


Qualifications:

  • Members interested in serving as an elected officer must be a member of the Division prior to submitting their application.
  • Individuals should be knowledgeable about IPPA’s mission and the Work and Organization’s goals to operationalize that mission.
  • Individuals should have previous experience leading teams, preferably in a volunteer capacity, and should display patience, flexibility and commitment

All questions may be directed to workdiv@ippanetwork.org.