Serving as an Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) board member is an exceptional opportunity to help foster the continued growth and development of the early learning and care workforce in Alberta and strengthen your own leadership skills. The AECEA board is responsible for the governance of the organization, advancing AECEA’s strategic plan and providing oversight of the organization’s day to day operations. Board members work alongside AECEA staff to advance a professional early childhood educator profession in Alberta.
AECEA Board Member Candidates Qualifications and Requirements
Ideal candidates possess knowledge of AECEA and have a desire to advance the field of early childhood educators across Alberta. Although it is not required, ideally candidates should have an AECEA membership. AECEA provides board members with an opportunity to learn or gain experience in areas such as leadership, finance, public policy and board development, as well as an opportunity to advance public policy and network with other professionals. AECEA board members are expected to possess the following:
- Inherent leadership, management, and interpersonal skills
- Patience, and the ability to participate in planning, implementation and collaborative group efforts
- Ability to undertake or review research and report findings to the Board and its committees
- Ability to commit to, contribute to, and participate in regular meetings, both in person and online
- Fulfill all of the duties and responsibilities seen above
AECEA seeks to balance the geographic representation on our board to reflect the communities we serve. We will also solicit specific professional skills sets in potential nominees based on current organizational needs.
The Nomination and Selection Process
AECEA’s standing nominating committee has the responsibility to determine the current organizational needs (i.e. skills sets, geography, the number of seats to be elected, etc.) and issue a Call for Nominations when recruitment is deemed necessary according to bylaws. The call for nominations is posted to the AECEA website and is sent to members and networks in the ELCC community and sector stakeholders. In order for a Nominee to be considered the application must include:
- A resume that demonstrates an awareness of and/or experience in early learning and care or specific knowledge which would support the AECEA vision and strategic direction, and evidence of board governance knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities.
- An introductory letter that speaks to the nominee's commitment and support of the AECEA
Nominees will be contacted after July 31, 2018 to conduct a phone interview.
All applications must be submitted via our online form at https://aecea.ca/webform/board-nomination. The current deadline to submit applications is July 31, 2018. Board terms last one, two or three years.
Nominations to the AECEA board will be presented electronically to the AECEA membership for their consideration 21 days prior to the AECEA AGM, to be held on September 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. MST, and will be voted on by the AECEA membership at that time.
Vision: Well-qualified, well-compensated early childhood educators are respected as professionals, valued for their important work, and supported in providing high-quality child care for Alberta’s children and families.