Executive Board Elections

2018-2020 Executive Board Elections

The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (SHPYP) is seeking enthusiastic candidates interested in joining the executive board for the 2018-2020 term. Joining the board is a great way to increase your involvement with the Society, build out your health policy network, and make a meaningful contribution to the health policy community here in Washington, DC.

The Society will hold elections for the executive board positions listed below. We encourage all  members to consider running for a position.

  • Interested candidates will email a short candidate statement — consisting of a bio and a brief explanation of why you want to serve in that executive board position — to info@dchealthpolicy.org due by Friday, July 13.
  • Candidate statements are published on a rolling basis and are listed below the corresponding position descriptions posted on this webpage. Please see candidate statements listed below.
  • All candidates will be introduced at the Health Society’s Anniversary Celebration (July 17).
  • Online elections will open for 7 days, via electronic ballot sent to Society members (July 17-24).
  • The new 2018-2020 executive board will be announced in late July.

All positions are open for election every two years and everyone must run for election (including current executive board members). Members can only run for one position at a time. In addition to the responsibilities unique to each position, executive board members are required to attend the monthly executive board meetings.

Executive Board Position Descriptions:

The Chair leads the development of the vision, strategic direction, and sustainability plan of the organization, including establishing measures to evaluate the success and opportunities for improvement and growth. In addition, the Chair assists with the implementation of such plans as appropriate. The Chair is responsible for managing the executive board and providing regular oversight of the events programming, professional development, membership outreach, treasury, community service, and communications teams.

Vice Chair
The Vice Chair assists the Chair in the aforementioned responsibilities, as well as oversees the Steering Committee program areas, and serves as the liaison between these program areas and the executive board.

The Secretary oversees the agenda planning for the monthly executive board meetings and keeps the minutes/records of the organization. The Secretary also manages the info@dchealthpolicy.org general membership email, regularly responding to member inquiries. The Secretary may support the Vice Chair and Chair in strategic planning for the Society. The Secretary attends to all correspondence of the organization on a daily basis and exercises all duties incident to the office of the Secretary to keep the executive board and Society well-organized.


Membership and Outreach Director
The Membership and Outreach Director is responsible for identifying, developing and maintaining partnerships with other entities. Such entities may include, but are not limited to, non-profit organizations, health care and health policy contractors/consulting firms, government agencies, professional organizations, research entities, academic institutions, and others. The Membership and Outreach Director, along with the Chair, is responsible for creating, updating, and managing the Member Directory and is also responsible for fundraising, raising the visibility of the organization, and marketing the organization.

Programming/Professional Development Director (Two Positions)
The Programming/Professional Development Directors manage and coordinate logistics for all Society events including but not limited to happy hours, workshops, panel discussions and small group dinners. The Programming/Professional Development Directors also serve as the liaison between the Advisory Board and the executive board. In this role, the Directors are the lead in updating the Advisory Board with upcoming events, issues, and other executive board-related items as needed. The Programming/Professional Development Directors will work directly with the Communications Director to streamline communications.

The Treasurer has care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and is responsible for such monies or securities of the organization. The Treasurer renders at stated periods as the executive board determines a written account of the finances of the organization. The Treasurer maintains records of all monies received and paid by the Society and provides a financial report of such transactions at each monthly meeting of the executive board. The Treasurer is responsible for all annual accounting and tax filings for the Internal Revenue Service and DC Government and for monitoring the PayPal account.

Communications Director
The Communications Director oversees the Communications Committee, and works to manage, coordinate, enhance, and streamline all of the organization’s means of communicating to members, potential members, partners, and others. The Communications Director oversees the organization’s website, social media groups, newsletter, mass email announcements, media relations, and other responsibilities as necessary. The Communications Director works to increase visibility of the organization in coordination with the Membership and Outreach Director.

Community Service Director
The Community Service Director is responsible for coordinating efforts between the Society and third-party volunteer organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Community Service Director will also need to liaise with the Communications Director to promote volunteer initiatives.