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Apply for the Position of NPA Meetings Committee Co-Chair

January 20, 2014

Leader Wanted to Fill Positions of Meetings Committee Co-Chair

Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is currently seeking a motivated and committed leader to serve as co-chair of the Meetings Committee. If you know someone who can fill this position (including yourself), let us know.

This position is a great opportunities to develop or hone leadership skills, expand professional networks, advance the mission of the NPA, and work with a wonderful group of colleagues from across the United States. Most business is accomplished via teleconference, e-mail, and long-distance communications. Postdocs and administrators are strongly encouraged to consider service in these positions.

Meetings CommitteeEligibility | Application Instructions | Questions

Meetings Committee

The Meetings Committee plans and coordinates all NPA-sponsored meetings and seminars.

This committee interacts with all NPA committees, officers, and staff to develop programmatic content for all NPA-sponsored meetings and works with the Outreach Committee to help advertise the meetings. This committee offers an opportunity to network with postdocs and administrators from institutions across the country. It also provides a great way to develop management and organizational skills. There are many small tasks on this committee if your availability is limited. The Annual Meeting is the showcase event of the NPA.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Identify and announce venues for NPA-sponsored meetings, including Annual and Regional Meetings and seminars;
  • Develop agendas and programmatic content for meetings;
  • Convene a fundraising team to secure sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers for meetings;
  • Convene teams to solicit and recommend travel and service awards;
  • Consult with staff and the Finance Committee to establish budgets for meetings;
  • Consult with staff and the Outreach Committee to market/advertise meetings;
  • Complete post-meeting functions, including evaluation and debriefing activities; and
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

General Position Description: Serving as Co-Chair
The committee co-chair is responsible for leading the committee and conducting monthly meetings with the entire committee, in addition to maintaining regular contact with other committee leaders to maintain continuity and avoid duplication of projects. The co-chair will be expected to ensure that projects and tasks undertaken by the committee toward the planning of the 2015 Annual Meeting (as guided by the Board of Directors) are in accordance with the goals of the NPA as laid out in the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan and the Annual Operating Plan, and that those projects and tasks are completed in a timely manner. The co-chair will be responsible for orientation of new committee members and will run the monthly committee teleconference. The co-chair will work with the Board liaison when submitting action items to the Board of Directors. The co-chair will also be expected to attend the Annual Meeting and other required meetings for committee leaders.


Eligibility is limited to members of the NPA, including Sustaining Member representatives. If you are not a member but you are interested in a position, visit Join the NPA for membership details.

Application Instructions

All interested persons must submit a one (1) page application statement and a one (1) page CV detailing your leadership experience. The application statement should include:

(1) Applicant's qualifications for the position;
(2) What the applicant can bring to the position; and
(3) The applicant’s interest and experience with the NPA and its mission.

All application statements must be e-mailed to Mahadeo Sukhai, vice chair, NPA Board of Directors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Feb. 10, 2014.


To learn more about the positions and the work involved, please contact Mahadeo Sukhai, vice chair, NPA Board of Directors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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