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Serve on the Membership Professional Council

Are you passionate about TESOL International Association and interested in helping to grow our membership? We are seeking individuals with the time and talent needed to serve on our new Membership Professional Council (MPC). You will lead efforts to expand TESOL’s membership and engage members. The term will be from Nov 2020 to Oct 2021, with the option to renew at the end of the appointment. The maximum continuous service period on the MPC is three years. To be eligible, you must be a member of TESOL International Association in good standing.

About the Membership Professional Council

The Membership Professional Council (MPC) supports TESOL International Association in advancing the quality and expertise in the field of English language teaching through membership engagement and recruitment. The Council advises the Association on strategy, initiatives, and activities, and supports the implementation of its strategic direction as it relates to membership. In coordination with the Director of Membership and Strategic Communications, this Council will undertake activities such as
  • launching a New Member Mentor Program,
  • supporting the reception for first-time conference attendees,
  • promoting membership in TESOL, and
  • suggesting activities to enhance retention and the member experience. 
Number of Positions: 10-12

Expertise and Experience Needed

To apply, you must have been an active TESOL member for at least the past three years. You will be asked to list your level of education, work experience, experience working with TESOL, and how you are qualified to contribute to the MPC’s goals and objectives.  Membership in the Council reflects the widest possible range of professional expertise and experience, including diverse linguistic, geographical, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, generational and other types of representation.

The MPC seeks the following attributes, experience, knowledge, and/or skills for its members:   
  • General knowledge of TESOL and its members and activities, in particular its membership structure, programs and benefits 
  • Knowledge of the needs and interests of TESOL professionals
  • Capacity to work with others, often in different time zones and locations around the globe, through emails and teleconferences
  • Ability to act as a mentor to new TESOL members regularly throughout their first year
  • Clear verbal and written communication
  • Timeliness, with an adherence to deadlines

Commitment 

Council members are expected to dedicate approximately 4-8 hours per month to the work of the Council. Hours may vary depending on the number and the scope of projects.

Council members are expected to
  • welcome and engage with new members and first-time attendees at the TESOL Annual Convention and other TESOL events;
  • provide support and give input/feedback on the development of a New Member Mentor Program;
  • recommend specific programs and activities that will enhance the member experience;
  • actively participate in Council online discussions;
  • participate in Council conference calls;
  • attend the Annual TESOL International Convention, If possible, and 
    • participate in the TESOL Leadership Forum and the Council meeting,
    • attend the Town Meeting and the TESOL Annual Business Meeting 
    • Attend the First-Time Attendees and Emerging Professionals receptions; and 
  • perform other tasks as necessary.
As requested by the Board of Directors and the Director of Membership and Strategic Communications, Council members are also expected to
  • periodically provide input on TESOL’s membership model and benefits;
  • give feedback regarding TESOL recruitment and retention campaigns;
  • communicate opportunities to the Director of Membership and Strategic Communications about possible partnerships with affiliates, Communities of Practice, and other educational institutions that may increase membership and engagement with TESOL; and
  • review and assist with conducting, targeting, analyzing, and reporting on surveys about member satisfaction and engagement with TESOL and its programs and benefits.

How to Apply

Please click here to submit your application.