PARC is currently accepting nominations to fill the Co-chair position of the Joint National Steering Committee

PARC Friends and Colleagues:

We are currently accepting nominations to fill the Co-chair position of PARC’s Joint National Steering Committee (JNSC)! The JNSC is the governing body of PARC and guides its activities.

Length of term: 2 years, the first as Junior Co-chair and the second as Senior Co-chair

Roles and Responsibilities (Condensed):

  • Schedule, coordinate, and preside over JNSC conference calls and meetings
    • Monthly conference calls have a standing time and day (currently first Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3:30 pm ET)
  • Assist National Coordinators in determining PARC priorities
    • Planning calls are 1 hr/wk, currently on Wednesdays at 2 pm ET
  • Make executive decisions following discussion with National Coordinators
  • Attend the annual in-person meeting:
    • 2017: in Spokane, WA on March 7 (if possible)
    • 2018 & 2019: in March preceding the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources conferences
    • Travel expenses may be covered by the co-chair’s agency or organization, but may be covered by PARC if needed

Eligibility:
Anyone running for election to the position of National Co-chair must have demonstrated leadership skills, including, but not limited to experience as a/an:

  • Regional Working Group Co-chair; or
  • Member of the JNSC; or
  • Active PARC member at the regional level; or
  • Board member of a non-profit organization and with expertise in the field of conservation.

Nominations:
Individuals may self-nominate or nominate others for this JNSC membership position, but when nominating someone other than yourself, please be sure that you have the nominee’s permission to do so. Please submit any nominations and questions to parc_coordinators@parcplace.org and include:

  • Name
  • Contact info (email and phone)
  • Brief statement (1-2 sentences) of why you are interested in the position (if self-nominating) or why you think this person would be a strong candidate (if nominating someone else).
  • Short bio of the nominee (200 words or less)

DEADLINE: 5 pm ET; Wednesday November 30, 2016

Decision and Notification:

The current JNSC members will vote in December or January; newly elected members will be notified shortly thereafter.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to your nominations!

PARC Leadership

PARC JNSC Membership

  • 2 National co-chairs serving at-large (2 seats, 2 votes)
  • 10 Regional co-chairs, 2 from each of the 5 Regional Working Groups (10 seats, 5 votes)
  • 2 Co-chairs from PARC’s Federal Agencies Steering Committee (2 seats, 1 vote)
  • 2 Chair (1) and Vice Chair (1) of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Amphibian and Reptile Subcommittee (2 seats, 1 vote)
  • 3 At-large, non-agency members, as appointed by the JNSC National Co-chairs, and subject to approval by a majority vote of the voting body of the (3 seats, 3 votes)
  • 2 National Coordinators (2 seats, 2 votes)

Roles & Responsibilities of the National Co-Chairs (Detailed)

  1. Schedule, coordinate, and preside over JNSC conference calls and meetings;
    1. Work with National Coordinators to create and distribute call agendas and minutes, or delegate as necessary.
    2. Ensure timely follow-up on action items;
    3. Ensure timely follow-up with Regional Working Group co-chairs and associated project progress; and
    4. Report PARC JNSC and national task team activities and progress to the members of the JNSC.
  2. Work with National Coordinators on the planning and content of annual PARC meetings.
  3. Serve as the overall PARC Leadership when approaching sponsors, funding sources, or communicating to the greater PARC audience.
  4. Evaluate PARC progress and success in meeting its mission including active involvement from all Regional Working Groups.
  5. Assist National Coordinators in determining priorities.
  6. Make executive decisions following discussion with the two National Coordinators; the entire JNSC will be notified of these decisions within one month.
  7. Coordinate closely with Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) leadership, including participating in monthly ARC conference calls when possible.
  8. Coordinate on the content of the PARC webpage with the webmaster.
  9. As funding allows, attend and represent PARC at national herpetological and related conferences and events (or delegate this duty as needed).
  10. Eligibility:
    1. Anyone running for election to the position of National Co-chair must have demonstrated leadership skills, including, but not limited to experience as:
      1. a Regional Working Group Co-chair; or
      2. as a member of the JNSC; or
      3. an active PARC member at the regional level; or
      4. a board member of a non-profit organization and with expertise in the field of conservation.
    2. In addition to time commitment, prospective National co-chairs also should consider other necessary incidental costs. Prospective National co-chairs should discuss the role with their current employers to determine if the employer will approve and/or support their involvement, including travel to National PARC meetings and the use of office space, postage, telephone, copying, and the employee’s time for official PARC business, as these are all items that the co-chair may or may not be reimbursed for by the PARC organization.

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