Calling all APA Student Members! Run for a position with APA's national student leadership team. Help shape the future of planning and student programming and represent student voices at the national level.

Wondering what this entails? Check out our interview series "Inside Look: A Conversation with APA Student Leaders" where SRC Executive Committee members share advice and insights into student leadership.

The nomination window for the 2018/2019 term closed on May 15, 2017. Elections occur every two years.

Open Positions

Eligibility

To run for a position you must be a current APA Student Member during the election process and at the beginning of the term. You do not need to be a student during the entirety of the term; only at the start of the term. The Chair and Regional Representatives take office on Monday, January 1, 2018. Regional Representatives will serve a two-year term. The Chair will serve two years as Chair and two subsequent years as Immediate Past Chair.

Candidates for Regional Representative must reside within that region. Click here to see what region your school resides in. Check "MyAPA" in the top right hand corner to confirm your membership status or contact studentmembership@planning.org with questions.

Position Descriptions

See below

Nomination Requirements & Election Process

The following materials must be submitted online via the candidate portal no later than May 15, 2017.

  • Biographical Background/Position Statement: Please submit a 600-word max statement focusing on your background and issues and ideas that impact the future of the organization and student needs. A few suggestions:
    • Begin with your first and last name, name of the school you attend (and program or department), and level (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, etc.)
    • Focus on categories such as relevant professional or leadership experience, experience with APA at the national, chapter, or local level, and education.
    • Present information in a list, rather than in full sentences, when appropriate.
    • The appearance of the emphasis (bold, italics, bullets, underlining) will be made uniform from statement to statement.
    • Finally, be sure to proofread your statement. Your unedited statement will be published on the website, and will be sent with the electronic ballot.
  • Photograph (optional): Candidates may submit a current photograph of themselves to be published to the website with the position statement. Photographs must be:
    • head/shoulders portrait type.
    • electronic files
    • 300 dpi or greater (for digital files)
    • no more than five years old
    • submitted at the same time as the background/experience and position statement

The following materials must be emailed to mgroh@planning.org no later than May 15, 2017.

  • Letters of recommendation: At least two letters of recommendation describing your leadership skills, commitment to planning and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Submit letters from individuals in at least two categories
    • Program chair, faculty adviser or instructor
    • Planning Student Organization (PSO) Student Representative leader or chair
    • Internship advisor or recent employer

APA will set up web pages for candidates on www.planning.org. Candidates Biographical Background / Position Statement and optional photographs will be included on the Candidate web pages. Unsolicited additional materials are to be avoided.

The Chair will be elected by a majority vote of APA student members. Regional Representative will be elected by a majority vote of the student members in that region.

Candidates should refer to Section 1.2.3 "Standards of Election Behavior" of APA's Election Policies and Procedures for general rules about campaigning and election behavior.

2018/2019 SRC Election Timeline
March 15, 2017 Nomination window opens
May 15 Nomination window closes
August 3 Candidates announced
August 7 Voting opens
September 7 Voting closes
September/October All candidates notified, results posted on APA website
January 1, 2018 Newly elected officers begin term of office

Questions

Monica Groh
Director of Emerging Professionals
mgroh@planning.org
312-786-6363


SRC Officer Positions

As the SRC Chair you:

  • Preside at all meetings of the SRC and its Executive Committee including conference calls and in-person meetings at the APA Fall and Spring Leadership meetings;
    • Fall Leadership Meetings — September/October in Washington, D.C.
    • Spring Leadership Meetings — April/May where National Planning Conference is located
  • Prepare and present/distribute an Annual Report;
  • Provide APA President with recommendations for student members for appointment to APA Committees/Task Forces;
  • Keep up-to-date on APA and student activities;
  • Maintain regular contact with SRC Regional Representatives, PSO Student Representatives and APA staff liaison;
  • Promote APA and Student Membership and encourage registration of Planning Student Organizations (PSOs);
  • Create (as needed) committees or working groups of SRC members;
  • Participate in planning the student activities, programs, and sessions for the National Planning Conference;
  • Work with SRC and its Executive Committee to create and carry out strategic plans related to issues and topics of interest/concern to student members;
  • Work with APA staff in ensuring sound control of the student services budget and in allocating the SRC budget;
  • Cooperate with the Chapter Presidents' Council and Divisions Council in order to improve services to students and to increase student involvement in APA;

In addition, the SRC Chair serves as a member of the APA Board of Directors. In this capacity, the chair:

  • Attends APA Board of Directors at the APA Fall and Spring Leadership meetings, leadership retreats, and other meetings as needed, including
    • Fall Leadership Meetings — September/October in Washington, D.C.
    • Spring Leadership Meetings — April/May where National Planning Conference is located
    • Summer Board Retreat — two days (TBD)
    • Winter Board Retreat — two days (TBD)
  • Advises the Board on student-related issues; and
  • Serves on the APA Development Plan and Budget Committee.

As a SRC Regional Representative you:

  • Attend all meetings of the SRC and its Executive Committee including conference calls and in-person meetings at the APA Fall and Spring Leadership meetings;
    • Fall Leadership Meetings — September/October in Washington, D.C.
    • Spring Leadership Meetings — April/May where National Planning Conference is located
  • Foster communication among Council members and maintain regular contact with Representatives from within their region;
  • Attend and participate in meetings of the Council and the Executive Committee;
  • Report to the Council concerning activities within their specific region;
  • Work with other APA components to organize and encourage the development of student activities within their region;
  • Perform other duties as directed by the Chair.

As the SRC Immediate Past Chair you:

  • Attend all meetings of the SRC and its Executive Committee including conference calls and in-person meetings at the APA Fall and Spring Leadership meetings;
    • Fall Leadership Meetings — September/October in Washington, D.C.
    • Spring Leadership Meetings — April/May where National Planning Conference is located
  • Carry out duties as assigned by the Chair;
  • Offer advice to the SRC Chair with regard to input on the budget and other items pertaining to general operation of the Council;
  • Serve as Parliamentarian at meetings of the SRC;
  • Chair the Outstanding PSO Awards Jury;
  • Temporarily assume the duties of the SRC Chair in the absence of the Chair or in accord with Article IX., Section 2 of the SRC Bylaws.

As a PSO Student Representative you:

  • Attend all meetings of the SRC
  • Serve student members of the APA by providing them with an understanding of the services and opportunities offered by the APA;
  • Reciprocally participate in projects undertaken by the SRC.