Volunteer Opportunities

Work with the Technology Division and help us lead the conversation on how technology is shaping the present and future of the planning profession!

Benefits include networking with other passionate movers and shakers pushing the envelope at the forefront of these topics, learning more about the APA, and getting a front seat as we develop activities such as speaking and educational opportunities.

Newsletter Layout Editor

Awards Committee Members

Social Media Police Development Committee Members

Social Media Chair

Newsletter Layout Editor

As a service to its members, the APA Technology Division produces 4 newsletters a year. The Newsletter Layout Editor is responsible for producing a newsletter in a layout suitable for printing, which is made available to members on the APA Technology Division website for download. The newsletter serves as an important vehicle for members to get involved the Technology Division, and is a means for disseminating lessons, best practice and thinking on applications and use of technology in planning.

The Layout Editor will work closely with the Newsletter Content Editor, who works with the division's Executive Committee and individual authors to identify and produce articles for the newsletter.

The Layout Editor is expected to possess (or be willing to acquire) skills with Adobe CS 5 (primarily Adobe InDesign, with some minimal work in Illustrator and Photoshop). The Layout Editor would also have the opportunity to propose refinements to the design of the Technology Division's newsletter.

Estimated Commitment: 20 hours per newsletter, with periods of occasional coordination between newsletter cycles.

If you are interested in being our Newsletter Layout Editor, send a brief statement of interest to Rob Goodspeed at rob.goodspeed@gmail.com.

Awards Committee Members

(2 positions)

For 2014, the Technology Division will be offering a prize for Best Paper on the use of Technology in Planning. Committee members are required to develop criteria for assessing submitted papers, assist in promoting the award to student members, short-list papers that meet criteria, and identify a paper deserving of the award. The Technology Division will be offering a prize of $300 for the best paper, and will recognize the paper at its Business Meeting and Social Event at the 2014 National Conference in April 2014 in Atlanta.

Estimated commitment: Committee members should expect to commit 5 to 10 hours for initial criteria development, 1 to 2 hours to assess each submitted paper, and maximum 10 hours for coordinating the decision. (Subject to change.)

If you are interested in being a member of our Awards Committee. please send a brief statement of interest to Nader Afzalan at nader.afzalan@gmail.com.

Social Media Policy Development Committee Members

(open)

The APA Technology Division is developing a social media policy that is intended to provided guidance for using social media tools for engaging the division's members and supporting the division's goals. The social media policy will identify key priorities and opportunities in the division's use of social media; provide guidance for division executives and volunteers using social media; and help the division's Executive Committee to understand what resources are required for continual development and renewal of the division's capacity for member engagement through social media.

Skills and Requirements:

  • interest in and/or experience with strategic use of social media by organizations and community-building
  • familiarity with online collaboration tools (especially Dropbox, Google Drive and Google Hangouts for virtual meetings)

Estimated commitment: TBD.

If you are interested in being a member of our Social Media Policy Development Committee, please send a brief statement of interest to Karen Quinn Fung at karen@countablyinfinite.ca.

Social Media Chair

(1 position)

The APA Technology Division uses social media as one of many tools to engage the division's members in its activities. The social media chair is primarily responsible for maintaining the division's social media presences. The social media chair will also lead a committee of Tech Division members in a process to produce a social media policy (to be completed for the division by April 2014).

The social media policy will identify key priorities and opportunities in the division's use of social media; provide guidance for division executives and volunteers using social media; and to help the Division's Executive Committee to understand what resources are required for continual development and renewal of the division's capacity for member engagement through social media.

Skills and Requirements:

  • experienced in using social media, to maintain and expand our social media presences (primarily Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook)
  • interest in and/or experience with strategic use of social media by organizations and community-building
  • familiarity with online collaboration tools (especially Dropbox, Google Drive and Google Hangouts for virtual meetings)

Estimated commitment: TBD. This position will be re-evaluated after 6 months (after completion of the social media policy development task).

If you are interested in being the Technology Division's Social Media Chair, please send a brief statement of interest and description of your experience and qualifications to Karen Quinn Fung at karen@countablyinfinite.ca.